Early stage education technology startups can now apply for Startl's second annual accelerator program. The program offers ed-tech startups a three-month residency in New York City and an opportunity to work with the social venture Startl and the tech accelerator DreamIt Ventures.

The program involves mentorship from marketing, business development, brand building, and customer acquisition experts, all with a special emphasis on the education technology industry. There's no funding associated with the program but like most accelerators, it culminates in a pitch day where each team gets to present to potential investors.

"This is an exciting time for education entrepreneurism," says Diana Rhoten, Start's co-founder. "The first year of our collaboration with DreamIt Ventures graduated a cohort of four companies, two of which have gone on to receive further outside funding."

Noting his excitement that this summer's program will be held in New York City, VC Fred Wilson says that "programs like the one Startl has developed are essential to ensuring that the best and the brightest entrepreneurs get to market as quickly and smartly as possible, especially in markets like education where innovation has been elusive."

Applications are due March 16, and the program begins May 16.