Tucker Capital named as a judge in the Educause Start-Up Alley Business Competition at their annual conference in Orlando, FL

Morgan Battle was recently named as one of the judges at the Educause Start-Up Alley and Game Changers Business Competition which will take place on September 29th - October 2nd in Orlando, Florida. Educause hosts this highly-focused networking space in its exhibit hall for education technology start-up companies to showcase their products and services to an audience of more than 4,000 chief information officers, information technology directors, and other key technology professionals at colleges and universities. Judges include:

Morgan Battle, Tucker Capital
Deborah Quazzo, GSV Advisors
Ron Reed, SXSWedu
Michael Staton, Learn Capital
Myron Pincomb, The Pincomb Group

Recognizing the tremendous growth in the number of technology startups in the higher education community, Educause introduced Start-Up Alley in 2010. According to the research and data analytics firm, CB Insights, there appears to be a growing appetite for education investments by the venture capital community: Education technology investments reached $1.25 billion in 2013, topping $1 billion for the second year in a row. That trend continues in 2014 as 103 education technology venture and equity transactions were executed during the first quarter, totaling more than $559 million. 

After a rigorous selection process, only 27 companies will be chosen to participate in the fourth annual Start-Up Alley this year. Companies that secure a space in Start-Up Alley will be eligible to vie for one of 12 slots in the second Educause Game Changers Business Competition, also taking place during the association's annual conference. Introduced in 2012, the competition provides up-and-coming technology companies a spotlight session in front of an expert panel of venture capitalists, investors, and education technology leaders. Presenting companies will be judged on how they identified a higher education IT issue or challenge, and how well technology was applied to address this issue. Winners will receive a cash prize from Start-Up Alley sponsor Higher One, as well as marketing resources from Educause. 

About Educause 
Educause is a higher education technology association with an estimated 60,000 active members in over 40 countries. The Educause annual conference is considered one of the best technology conferences in higher education. In addition, Educause holds over 20 face-to-face events each year that reach tens of thousands of individuals in person and online. The Association produces monthly publications for its members including the Educause Review with a circulation of 22,000, and Educause Review Online, which receives 100,000 unique monthly online views. Both are both award-winning publications. 

About Tucker Capital 
Tucker Capital is a 35-year-old boutique investment bank and strategic advisory firm that focuses on M&A representation, strategic partnership advisory, and venture development in the educational publishing & technology sectors. The firm is based in Princeton, NJ.