||Kickboard, founded in 2009, is a web-based instructional management solution that helps K-12 teachers track their students’ academic performances and correlate progress with school culture and discipline. The fully customizable, easy-to-use interface is currently in use in over 1,100 schools nationwide. Jen Medbery, the founder and CEO, is a software developer who used three years’ teaching experience in low-income schools to create Kickboard as a catalyst for education innovation.“Having the New Orleans Startup Fund invest was a significant boost for my startup,” said Jen Medbery, Founder, Kickboard. “Thanks to their technical support and network, I was been able to obtain financing from national venture capital firms and local investors. With the city already attracting entrepreneurs and their ideas, the Startup Fund is one more very compelling reason for new companies to consider New Orleans as a place to do business.”
Business Week named Jen Medbery one of America’s most promising social entrepreneurs for 2011, and Inc. Magazine featured Jen on its “30 Under 30” list. The company has also won numerous competitions, including the Tulane New-Day Challenge, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week’s Idea Pitch, UPenn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition, and the Cool Tool Award in the Student Academic Tracking Solution category of the 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program.