If you’ve seen Lea(R)n Founder Karl Rectanus in the last few days, you’ve probably noticed the big grin on his face and fast pace in his step.

Today it all makes sense. The news he’s been sitting on for weeks came out Thursday—that his startup would join the elite Kaplan EdTech Accelerator powered by Techstars. By that afternoon, he was on a plane to New York City to join 11 other startups from around the nation for funding from Kaplan and Techstars and three months of intense mentorship and business-building. They were chosen from a pool of 500 startups from around the world.

Here’s how he describes the program: “It’s like getting the best startup MBA and the best PhD in learning science in 13 weeks.”

The Kaplan-Techstars program has received much acclaim since it launched in early 2013. It was the first corporate EdTech accelerator of its kind, providing access to the global test prep and training company’s learning science team, executives and market research, its more than 300 high school and more than 20 university partners around the nation along with an optional $150,000 convertible note and office space.

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