Alumni Business Quick Key Named To TiE Boston ScaleUp
Babson alumni business Quick Key has been named to Cohort 4 (Oct 2017 – Apr 2018) of TiE Boston’s award winning ScaleUp accelerator specifically geared to help growth stage companies overcome common obstacles and barriers to scale.
Based in the Boston/Cambridge area, the ScaleUp Team “supports Massachusetts-based startups that are now in need of the next stage of knowledge, mentoring, connections and resources, to successfully prepare for scale and their next capital raise.” Participation in our five-month accelerator is free for admitted companies and the organization does not take any equity.
Quick Key is a suite of mobile teacher tools created by Walter Duncan, a 15-year classroom teacher who used rapid classroom feedback to get his students into the top 15% of the Massachusetts MCAS exam. Using daily short quizzes, graded instantly, Walter was able to identify students and subjects that needed to be re-taught before moving on to the next lesson. The only problem with Walter’s system? Burn-out.
So Walter teamed up with Isaac D. Van Wesep MBA’08, a friend from college, to build a prototype of Quick Key, a teacher tool for your phone that scans and grades quizzes and tests anywhere, with or without the Internet, and sends the results to your school’s electronic grade book.
Soon, 300 other teachers got on board, backing Quick Key’s Kickstarter to bring the prototype to market. The first version of Quick Key’s mobile teacher tool launched on the Apple App Store in September 2013, according to Quick Key.