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Sky High is looking for game changing Edtech solutions that can incubate and grow out of a community seeking solutions for massive educational problems that exist in Memphis, TN. As a Sky High Participant, you will have access to the tools, mentors, schools, foundations, and funders needed to build a well-informed technology.

We select up to 6 startups per session,
hosting a rigorous but rewarding program.

By the end of your experience, you’ll emerge with a working business model, a sales pipeline, and connections to the right investors and seasoned advisors. You’ll also earn a chance to pitch at our investor events in Memphis and Silicon Valley.


Sky High focuses on the unique needs of EdTech startups, combining our lean startup methodology with an intense social innovation curriculum. Memphis is ground zero for disruptive startups in the areas of education due to our 48% child poverty rates and tremendous digital divide. A big part of the programming is centered around access to funders of schools and the schools themselves for better customer discovery and shortened sales cycles.


With a network of VCs and angels, your $25,000 in seed-funding is only the beginning. Graduates of Sky High have secured over $3 million in additional funding the last 3 years via our Validation Fund, Angel Network, and other Foundations.
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Services & Resources

As a Start Co. founder, you’ll have access to an unparalleled suite of technical services perks and partners, as well as legal, financial, marketing, and talent-development resources.
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True success relies on guidance. The kind that comes from mentors who have experienced and overcome every triumph and setback you’ll likely encounter. Mentoring is central to everything we do. Our community of industry experts, creative professionals, and seasoned founders is passionate about helping you on your journey toward success.


Start Co. Lab is ground zero for our accelerators, workshops, training sessions, and more. Your startup will receive a dedicated workstation and area to start building your company culture. Accessible 24/7, our modern, open office provides plenty of room for your big ideas to grow. And our location in the core of downtown Memphis offers limitless walkable options for dining, entertainment, offsite work, and housing.

Sky High 2017


May 1 – August 10

Demo Day:

August 10


August 21 – November 16



Deadline: March 1 / Notification: April 1


Feel free to contact us at before you apply.

Eric Mathews

Eric Mathews
Founding Partner

Andre Fowlkes

Andre Fowlkes

Start Co. Partners

  • archer malmo inc
  • Baker Donelson
  • SendGrid
  • Mosaik Solutions
  • American Airlines
  • Marston Group
  • ServiceMaster