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Possip Raises $1M to Give Schools ‘Positive Gossip’ and Feedback

Dowell has turned that contention into a company: Possip. The Nashville, Tenn.-based startup offers a platform that texts parents to invite feedback about …

Nashville Edtech Startup Possip Eyes Expansion, Makes History with $1M Raise  

Possip, a Nashville-based platform that provides real-time education feedback from parents to schools, has announced the closing of a new funding round…


Black Enterprise

She Became the First Black Woman Founder to Raise over $1 Million in Funding in Tennessee

In 2017, the mother and former math teacher launched Possip, an app that prompts parents to text weekly feedback on how schools and teachers are doing.


Education Week

K-12 Dealmaking: Pearson Ventures Makes First Investments 

Parent-to-school feedback startup raises $1 million. Nashville-based Possip, the first black woman-founded Tennessee startup, raised $1 million in seed funding …


Nashville Post

Local edtech startup raises $1M 

Nashville-based edtech startup Possip, founded by former local Teach For America executive director Shani Dowell, has raised more than $1 million in funding.



Crunchbase News

More Female-Founded Unicorns Were Born In 2019 Than

Shani Dowell just raised $1 million in funding for her Tennessee-based edtech platform, Possip. We typically wouldn’t cover a funding round so small, except …

Google: Google For Start-Ups Possip

Possip is an app that prompts parents for weekly feedback on how schools and teachers are doing and then turns that parent engagement into data that schools use to track trends, solve problems, and bring joy to teachers and parents. Learn more: Learn more about Google for Startups:

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Hypepotamus: Edtech startup Possip takes both prizes and $60K at 36|86 Pitch Competition

Muriel Vega, September 2, 2019

After competing against eight startups, edtech company Possip took both the $10,000 crowd favorite award and the main prize of $50,000 at the 36|86 Entrepreneur Festival Pitch Competition last week.

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Teknovation: Nashville start-up Possip captures both prizes in the “LaunchTN Pitch Competition”

Tom Ballard, August 29th, 2019

Nothing like a cool $60,000 for a two-hour gig to make you happy.

That’s the result for Possip, the entrant from the Nashville Entrepreneur Center that captured the top prize and $50,000 by winning yesterday’s “LaunchTN Pitch Competition” as well as the “Crowd Favorite Award” which came with an additional $10,000 prize.

Stitcher: Underestimated Founders and Scaling Tech

Navigate: Nashville’s Entrepreneur Ecosystem, April 2nd, 2019

Possip Founder and CEO Shani Dowell joins us in studio to share her experience growing revenue, raising money and scaling her tech startup in Nashville.

Possip Founder and CEO Shani Dowell joins us in studio to share her experience growing revenue, raising money and scaling her tech startup in Nashville.

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Google: With Founder Gym, A New Approach to Supporting Entrepreneurs

Genna McKeel, February 12th, 2019

So Shani created Possip, a platform for parents to give weekly feedback in less than a minute. It gives the schools actionable reports and helps them see trends, while allowing parents to track their school’s progress and responses to feedback.

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74 Million: Possip Text-Messaging Service Enables Easy Two-Way Communications Between Families and Schools

Tim Newcombe, February 12, 2019

Using the simple texting platform, schools can hear from more parents in one month than in a typical year, Dowell says — and the format invites parents to give the full story behind their answers. “You get information quickly, you get a lot of information in a little bit of time, and you don’t have issues that sit and fester,” she says. “School principals really love that it feels actionable. When a principal gets a response, here is a parent you can follow up with.”

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Venture Nashville: Edtech startup Possip Inc. offers 2-way feedback glue for parents, schools

Milt Capps, December 19, 2018

Dowell said she believes that Possip can be a “transformative” technology in those and other schools in which parents have, for whatever reason, under-participated in providing vital feedback on the experience they and their children have in pursuing education.

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Afrotech: Possip wants to simplify how parents give schools feedback

Jenna Chambers, December 6, 2018

Shani Dowell conceived an idea that would transform the way parents communicate with administrators at their child’s school by asking a simple question: What if someone made it simple for parents to give feedback?

Parents already talk about issues, give praise, voice frustration, and comment on ways they might improve their child’s education. However, when these conversations take place among themselves, the feedback often doesn’t reach school administrators.

Education Dive: Texting tool gives schools a platform to get parent feedback

Linda Jacobson @lrj417  October 17, 2018

Whether it’s parent-teacher conference time, a grading issue or a new school policy, word tends to get around among the families at a school. But administrators might not always hear what parents have to say — both positive and negative.

That’s the communication gap that a new online tool called “Possip” — short for positive gossip — is trying to address. The platform allows principals to send out weekly requests for feedback, just a short survey in the form of a text message.

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Hypepotamus: Possip Brings Positive Parental Gossip to Educators to Improve Schools

Muriel Vega, October 11, 2018

“We’ve never encountered a school that says that they don’t need a solution like this. There’s a clear sense of we need a better way to engage parents and to hear from parents”

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Tech Learning:  New Digital Tool Offers Parents A Voice In Schools

TL Editors, September 24, 2018

“A new tech start-up is allowing parents to communicate constructive feedback to schools in the simple form of a text message.

Possip—so named from a mashup of positive gossip—was created by a former educator and public school parent based in Nashville, Tenn.”

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