Istation Named SIIA Education CODiE Award Finalist for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device!

Washington, DC and Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) April 06, 2015

Istation, a leader in the educational technology industry, announced today that three of its products have been named finalists for the 2015 SIIA Education CODiE Award for Best Educational App for a Mobile Device.

Istation’s computer-adaptive reading assessments (known as ISIP™) and Istation’s reading instruction received nominations.

Free for Istation subscribers, the mobile app is available for download to iPads and Chromebooks. The Istation iPad app has been downloaded 300,000 times since its August 2014 release, including 80,000 downloads in September 2014 alone. Since its January 2015 release, the Istation Chromebook app has been downloaded 18,000 times.

The apps provide access to Istation’s computer-adaptive assessments and instruction, which dynamically adjust to a student’s individual skill level. Assessments measure a student’s ability and then seamlessly place the student on an individualized learning path within 400 hours of research-based, targeted instruction. In Texas, research proves that if students obtain a certain score on Istation’s assessments, teachers can predict with 95 percent confidence that those students will pass a state standardized test.

Istation’s mobile apps are particularly beneficial for prekindergarten students who don’t yet have the fine motor skills to operate a mouse or keyboard.

“I love to see tweets and emails from teachers sharing pictures of students using Istation on their mobile devices, and we see positive comments posted every day,” said Istation CEO Richard H. Collins. “Schools are now educating digital natives: students who have been using technology since they were born. Keeping these students engaged while ensuring they are learning is a challenge, but we are helping schools succeed. Teachers and families know they can trust us. Istation is not only fun; it works.”

The SIIA CODiE Awards are the premier awards for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 29 years. The awards have over 85 categories and are organized by industry focus of Content, Education, and Software. This year’s program features 28 Education-related categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models.

“This year’s finalists are breaking ground with new business models and innovative products. We are pleased to recognize the best in educational technology with these 157 products,” said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Technology Industry Network. “I look forward to honoring them all in May at the Education Industry Summit.”

The Education Industry Summit, which will take place in San Francisco on May 5, is the nation’s leading education technology conference.

About SIIA

SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 800 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age. For more information, visit The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide educational software applications, digital content, online learning services and related technologies across the K-20 sector. ETIN shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information on ETIN of SIIA, visit

About Istation

Istation is an award-winning, all-in-one ed tech resource used by more than four million students and educators around the world. Known for its quality assessments, research-based instruction and trusted teacher tools, Istation accurately measures students’ skill levels with animated game-like assessments. Istation engages students so effectively that they don’t even realize they’re being evaluated. Assessments immediately place students on personalized instructional paths unique to their needs. Teachers have access to a library of thousands of lessons perfect for instructing small groups or an entire class. Comprehensive and customizable reports are also immediately available for educators, administrators and parents. Istation offers its ISIP assessment in Early Reading, Advanced Reading, Reading en Español and Math; as well as instruction in Reading, Reading in Español and Math. Students can also use their Istation subscriptions at home. Since its founding in 1998, Dallas-based Istation has seen tremendous growth. The company’s animated learning program now helps students in 38 states and six countries learn and grow.

Top Tech Startups Named Tonight

St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) February 14, 2015

This evening, ITEN, the 501(c)3 organization that provides a precedent-setting structure for entrepreneurs to contribute to the growth and success of the St. Louis startup ecosystem, released the 2014 list of the top ten tech startups in St. Louis. In the same report, ITEN identifies the ten fastest growing tech companies under two years old, and an “honorable mention” list of companies that deserve a closer look.

Francis Chmelir, Director of Operations at ITEN, is excited about how this diverse group of companies paints an accurate picture of the St. Louis tech community at large. “This year’s list of companies in the Top Ten, Fast Ten and Honorable Mention categories, represents the collective work of St. Louis’ incredible tech entrepreneurs. We believe that the quality of these companies is as strong as any tech community in the country.”

The Top Ten tech companies are:

1. Norse

Norse’s globally distributed distant early warning grid of millions of dark sensors, honeypots, crawlers, and agents deliver unique visibility into the Internet – especially the darknets, where bad actors operate. Norse has experienced phenomenal growth in revenue, funding and employees.

2. Splice Machine

Splice Machine is designed to scale real-time applications using commodity hardware without application rewrites, providing companies with a high-performance, massively scalable database for applications. Splice Machine raised $ 18M in 2014.

3. MulticoreWare Inc.

MulticoreWare is the leading provider of programmer productivity tools, libraries and application development services for homogenous and heterogeneous multicore CPU and GPU architectures. MulticoreWare, a company that is totally self-funded, is featured in the 2014 Inc. 500 list, ranked 110th.

4. LockerDome

Through and LockerDome-powered widgets, more than 75 million people per month use the online platform to discover, collect, and engage around things they like. LockerDome has users in more than 100 countries, and is the top B2C tech startup in the region.

5. FoodEssentials

FoodEssentials’ LabelINSIGHT is the food industry’s most powerful and innovative product insight exchange, providing manufacturers and retailers a live view into the grocery marketplace.

6. Hatchbuck

Hatchbuck is simple sales and marketing software for small business that automates sales and marketing efforts overnight. Hatchbuck grew their base of customers and increased revenue by 300% in 2014.

7. Aisle411

Aisle411 is the leading local and indoor location platform powering over 13,000 retail stores with indoor mapping, search, location and analytics solutions that help retailers and brands drive store visits, in-store shopper engagement, and merchandising insights. 2.3 million products are found in the Aisle411’s product search engine.

8. TruQC

TruQC is a quality control and process documentation app built for the iPad. Originally designed for industrial painters, TruQC is now bringing QC and reporting tasks into the digital age for customers in an array of industries. St. Louis hockey legend Barret Jackman is an investor in TruQC.

9. Click With Me Now

Click With Me Now is changing the way people connect online with a Collaborative Customer Interface Platform. The company raised $ 2.45 million in 2014.

10. Observable Networks

Observable Networks delivers critical threat defense services based on dynamic endpoint modeling to understand the behavior of all network devices and identify early stage and hidden indicators of compromise. Observable Networks grew over 50% in employee count in 2014.

Honorable Mention    

These dynamic ventures just missed making the Top 10 (in alphabetical order):






Kingdom Scene


The Fast Ten companies that have been founded since 2013:

1. TopOpps

TopOPPS uses advanced analytics and automation to optimize the sales process.

2. Pushup Social

Pushup Social is a technology that allows a brand or organization to create their own online community on their existing website in a matter of minutes.

3. Pixel Press

Pixel Press is a technology company focused on building creative and fun mobile gaming experiences for audiences of all ages that leverage both the analytical & creative sides of the brain.


PFITR is a cloud-based software that helps public treasurers across the country by improving transparency, reducing risk, and improving cash flow.

5. Marketvolt

MarketVolt provides email marketing software and services to enterprise customers, and spun out of Foundry Software Development Company in 2013.

6. Xooker

Xooker is the next generation ad delivery platform: mobile, location aware, personalized, and fun.    

7. HealthyApp HealthyLife Studio

HealthyApp is designed to break the smartphone habit cycle, preventing overuse of target apps while creating new rewards that reinforce the user’s self-control.

8. Prattle Analytics

Prattle Analytics’ central bank sentiment data is currently used by some of the largest hedge funds in the world.

9. MeterGenius

MeterGenius gives homeowners the ability to track electricity consumption, create reminders to help them change their behavior, set goals and track their progress, compare themselves to similar neighbors, and earn points that can be redeemed for smart and energy efficient appliances.

10. iChurch Phone Apps

iChurch is a mobile app that helps churches realize a reduction in costs and better forecasting/utilization of volunteer staff through the utilization of custom reports and analysis via a mobile app.

And the outlook for 2015 is even better. Chmelir expects to see the tech startup community to continue to strengthen. “The accomplishments of these entrepreneurial teams show that you can build a strong tech startup here in St. Louis. We look forward to watching these companies grow and expand in 2015.”

ITEN core offerings to accelerate tech startups include:

Entrepreneur in Residence takes a unique approach to venture acceleration. Each EIR selects the ventures that he or she will be working with, and then orchestrates all appropriate resources to maximize the fast growth of the company. Funded by ITEN, the EIR becomes a true partner of the selected venture, providing a focused, hands-on, strategic approach to rapid development.

Business Model Validation Entrepreneurs at the concept stage are paired with experienced mentors to help identify the problem, solution and customer that the business will target, and to create a viable revenue model.

Mock Angel Program provides “tough love” from mentors and investors who critique the entrepreneur’s investor pitch and provide constructive criticism, explaining why they would or would not invest in the business. After passing due diligence review, graduates are introduced to investors, with nearly 80 percent receiving outside funding.

Talent Network Enabling tech startups to find the talent they need, ITEN maintains an extensive network of talent-producing and talent-finding organizations interested in the opportunities emerging from ITEN’s ventures.

Community Involvement Through support of the Kauffman Lab’s 1 Million Cups presentation series, educational programming such as ITEN 2nd Thursday, and targeted networking and development opportunities through SIGs (Special Interest Groups), ITEN links entrepreneurs with like-minded entrepreneurs, corporations, universities, civic organizations and talent.

Major sponsors of ITEN include Civic Progress, Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), Kauffman Foundation, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, JPMorgan Chase, Gateway to Innovation Conference, Century Link, St. Louis Arch Angels, AHM Insurance Group, Greensfelder, iSelect Fund, Polsinelli and Stone Carlie.

About ITEN

ITEN ( provides a foundational system for entrepreneurs to work together towards building strong startups and a vibrant tech ecosystem. ITEN provides unique programs, events and access to resources that accelerate tech venture success. ITEN’s programs form a venture roadmap from concept through design, prototype, launch, revenue, funding and rapid scaling. Guidance from serial entrepreneurs, subject matter experts and important community influencers helps entrepreneurs focus on essential critical tasks and avoid wasted efforts. Access to investors, key service providers, corporate customers and qualified talent means lower barriers to rapid growth. Designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, requiring neither payment nor equity, ITEN is a unique community asset and a proven route to venture success. Follow ITEN on Twitter at and Facebook at