As a forward-thinking region, Arlington is a location where commercial, academic and education partners can come together to test their products and address or solve issues in the education space through technology. Arlington strives to diversify its workforce, create an attractive environment for emerging technology sectors and welcome companies in the education technology sector. 

Arlington is a natural hub for EdTech companies as it is home to some of the region’s major higher education institutions, including Virginia Tech, Marymount University, George Mason and the University of Virginia. In addition, Arlington Public Schools (APS) is considered one of the top school districts in the region and is the recipient of the prestigious Medallion of Excellence Award present by the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Awards for Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Fact and Figures

  • Several of the leading revenue-producing companies that sell educational software and digital products to K-12 institutions are in the Arlington and the greater Washington, D.C. region. These include companies like Blackboard, Pearson Education and Hobsons.
  • EdTech companies are attracted to Arlington and the greater Washington, D.C. region because of the innovation cluster of commercial, academic and educational assets and the multiple school districts within a 15-20 mile radius. 

Notable Companies

Curiosity Media
Curiosity Media is the company behind the leading Spanish learning websites, SpanishDict and Fluencia, which collectively help more than 100 million people each year with reliable, accurate, easy-to-use resources for speaking Spanish. SpanishDict.com is the world's top destination for Spanish language reference and learning materials for millions of students every year. Fluencia empowers users to learn at their own pace with interactive exercises, step-by-step instruction and personalized feedback.

Hobsons is an education technology company that helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities and reach their education and life goals. Hobsons' products enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe.

Jefferson Education Accelerator
JEA is affiliated with the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and is the nation’s only accelerator program focused on supporting growth-stage education companies. JEA’s highly respected reputation in the education community (K-12 and University) and connections to a diverse group of stakeholders will help AED to attract education-based companies to Arlington. 

Symplicity offers enterprise technology and information systems management solutions for higher education, government and business. It provides its clients with solutions and services that enable them to streamline business processes, improve performance and cultivate positive relationships with their students, customers and communities.


Featured Companies

curiosity media    Hobsons