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Dowell has turned that contention into a company: Possip. The Nashville, Tenn.-based startup offers a platform that texts parents to invite feedback about …
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 …
Two years ago, Shani Dowell gave up a stable career and much of her bank account to take a chance on a business idea. As a mother and a former math teacher …
Shani Dowell faced racism in high school, and now she hopes her Possip app — which helps parents and schools talk to each other — also helps battle bias
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.
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.
“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”
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?
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.
Possip, a Nashville-based platform that provides real-time education feedback from parents to schools, has announced the closing of a new funding round…
Nashville-based edtech startup Possip, founded by former local Teach For America executive director Shani Dowell, has raised more than $1 million in funding.
Parent-to-school feedback startup raises $1 million. Nashville-based Possip, the first black woman-founded Tennessee startup, raised $1 million in seed funding …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”