Sama Learning aims to increase access and letter grades in STEM curricula.
Sacramento, CA April 18, 2019 — Sama Learning, based in the Capital Region, was awarded “Best Pitch” by a panel of 20 judges at the Capital Region ARVR Accelerator (CRARVRAccelerator) 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 a personalized way of teaching STEM to students. This proprietary methodology has been piloted to university general 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 historically been marginalized in higher education such as women, people of color and first generation college students.
Demo Day marked the culmination of the CR AR VR Accelerator program. The other six startups that participated in Demo Day are Artwork, Cognivive, Meedia, Observer Analytics, Tetsuji and Adventure Lab. During the intensive 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 Francisco and 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, CR AR VR 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.”
In addition to the pitches, a presentation titled, “The Future of Reality” was given by Amy Peck, CEO of Endeavor and CRARVRAccelerator Venture Partner. She noted that the extended realities market, which includes VR, AR and hologram technologies is set to be a $25.8 billion market by the year 2022.
“One of the things that I’m urging people to do,” said Peck, “is to think of technology and the confluence of everything. The best way of predicting the future is to create it.”
Peck also moderated a panel discussion with Frank Black, HTC Director of Enterprise Sales, Tipitat Chennavasin, General Partner and Co-Founder of the Virtual Reality Fund and David Anderman, Technology Executive and VR/AR advisor. Each panelist agreed that virtual reality and augmented reality have been proven as viable technologies to disrupt enterprise and entertainment. They also agreed that investors want to see visionaries in the industry who have a roadmap for solutions. According to Chennavasin, “Engagement, retention and revenue are the metrics for success.”
Judging the start-up presentations at Demo Day were representatives from:
- The Venture Reality Fund
- Impact Venture Capital
- Moneta Ventures
- Sacramento Angels
- California Employment Training Panel
- Sierra Health Foundation
- Samsung Next
- Penney and Associates
- Tech Futures Group
- Applied Materials
Participating CR AR VR Accelerator Partners include:
- Five Star Bank
- Sacramento Kings
- Clark Pacific
- Haney Biz
- Tech Futures Group
- Moneta Ventures
About the CR AR VR Accelerator
Located in the Capital Region of California, stretching from Nevada County to Solano County, the CR AR VR 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.