Atlanta Entrepreneurs Win $50,000 in Business Plan Competition

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    Atlanta’s Lauren Miller and Jason Brein, owners of Excelegrade Inc., have been awarded $50,000 to expand and enhance their small business. They were among five businesses selected for a grant from the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) Business Plan competition.

    The MUES business competition has granted more than $1.9 million dollars in its 13-year history.

    Excelegrade provides state-of-the art Web-based platforms for standardized testing for K-12 classrooms with assessments on tablets, smartphones and laptops.

    As a former second grade teacher, co-founder and CEO Lauren Miller observed firsthand many of the obstacles teachers face when designing and grading educationally-beneficial assessments. Inspired to create an easy-to-use platform for designing and administering rigorous tests, Lauren teamed up with her Harvard Business School classmate, Jason Brein, to start Excelegrade.

    Excelegrade saves teachers time and improves educational outcomes by allowing teachers to easily:

    • Design Common Core-aligned formative and
    summative assessments
    • Administer assessments on mobile devices, laptops,
    or by paper
    • Automatically grade multiple choice questions and
    streamline free response grading
    • Track student performance by standard
    • View and understand data
    • Personalize learning based on student needs

    “We are extremely thankful to MillerCoors for caring about urban entrepreneurs enough to provide these meaningful grants,” says Miller. “We hope to build a successful business with the $50,000 grant that not only helps teachers and students but ultimately is able to pay it forward to other entrepreneurs in a similar way.”

    The winners will be presented with their respective business grants at a special reception on Thursday, April 25, at MillerCoors corporate headquarters in Chicago.

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