Sama Learning Wins Best Pitch At Capital Region ARVR Accelerator Event
Sama Learning, based in the Capital Region, was awarded “Best Pitch” by a panel of 20 judges at the Capital Region ARVR Accelerator (CRARVR Accelerator) Demo Day held at the McClatchy New Ventures Lab in downtown Sacramento on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The announcement was made during a reception hosted by Five Star Bank.
Sama Learning uses virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) to provide personalized STEM lessons to students. This proprietary methodology has been piloted to university chemistry students and the result has been an improvement in one full letter grade for each student. By going beyond textbooks and lectures, Sama Learning’s platform seeks to increase diversity in STEM by providing engaging and fun lessons to communities that have less representation in higher education such as women and people of color.
Demo Day marked the culmination of the CRARVR Accelerator program. The other six startups that participated in Demo Day are Altwork, Cognivive, Meedia, Observer Analytics, Tesuji and Adventure Lab. During the 12-week program, startups in the cohort were introduced to advisors, collaborated on milestone plans and attended workshops on fundraising and other key growth areas. The judges came from across the Capital MegaRegion, including San Franciscoand Silicon Valley; in industries such as healthcare, entertainment, technology, venture capital, architecture, media, manufacturing and education to offer their insight and opinions to the presenting founders.
“We want to make the Capital Region a hub for virtual reality and augmented reality,” explained Jon Gregory, CRARVR Accelerator General Partner, “whether that’s in education, rehabilitation, media and entertainment, analytics or healthcare and we’re pleased to be able to work with these seven companies.”
Judges at Demo Day included representatives from companies and organizations such as: The Venture Reality Fund, Impact Venture Capital, Moneta Ventures, Sacramento Angels, former COO/GC of Lucasfilm, California Employment Training Panel, Flextronics, McClatchy, Sierra Health Foundation, HTC, Samsung Next, Penney and Associates, Tech Futures Group, Applied Materials, among others.
ABOUT CRARVR Accelerator: Located in the Capital Region of California, stretching from Nevada County to Solano County, the CRARVR Accelerator is an exclusive program for seed and early-stage augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) disruptors looking for assistance in obtaining pilot customers and strategic partnerships. For more information, please visit: www.crarvraccelerator.com.