Allelo Selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200

Will Compete for $1 Million in Prizes in World’s Largest Pitch Competition For EdTech Startups

GSV World's Most Innovative Edtech Startups 2022 GSV Cup

Pittsburgh, PA (Jan 18, 2022) — Allelo has been selected to The Elite 200, the acclaimed list of semifinalists in The GSV Cup — the world’s largest pitch competition for EdTech startups run by female-led, multi-stage venture capital firm GSV Ventures. Companies selected to The Elite 200 represent the top pre-seed and seed stage startups in digital learning across the “Pre-K to Gray” space. Allelo will now compete for up to $1M in cash and prizes in San Diego this April at the ASU+GSV Summit, the annual education technology event hosted by Arizona State University and GSV Ventures.

Allelo was selected from a global applicant pool of 750+ companies, the largest application pool for the GSV Cup yet. More than 175 judges from leading venture capital firms and strategic partners in digital learning like Accel, General Atlantic, Reach Capital, and Owl Ventures, among others, used rigorous criteria to determine the 200 most promising companies.

“We are so honored to have reached this stage of The GSV Cup, a prestigious and competitive award,” shared Daniel Hack, founder and CEO of Allelo. “When we began this journey just two years ago, we could not have dreamed of being included in such an incredible group of startups. We are so proud of the service we provide to students and teachers across the country, and are excited to see what the coming months will bring.”

“We’re at a critical and exciting time for the future of society,” said Deborah Quazzo, managing partner of GSV Ventures. “The pandemic has made it increasingly clear that Ed is on The Edge — on the edge of innovation, transformation, globalization. We’ve always imagined a new era in which ALL people have equal access to the future, and this year’s Elite 200 companies are emblematic of that vision. We’re proud to name the 200 semifinalists in the GSV Cup competition and look forward to having them pitch live at the ASU+GSV Summit.”

The Elite 200 companies serve learners from Pre-K to Gray, with companies well-distributed across the following categories: Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Adult Enterprise Learning. The 2022 Elite 200 continue to break barriers, comprised of an increasingly diverse and global group:

  • • 58% of companies have female founders
  • • 51% of companies have founders that identify as people of color
  • • 44% of companies are based outside the United States

The GSV Cup is powered by Google Cloud, HubSpot for Startups, HolonIQ, and GSV Ventures.

See Allelo and the rest of the companies selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200 at


Allelo is a flexible, text-based education tool that transforms the classroom and stimulates intelligent conversations, putting student discussions at the center of education. Using a suite of customizable features and analysis, educators can now structure assignments to their class needs and evaluate student engagement, both as individuals and as a class. Allelo’s AI-backed conversational analytics measure a student’s ability to stay on topic, their receptiveness to others’ points of view, and their levels of participation, to name just a few.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh and created by Carnegie Mellon engineering students, each Allelo conversation is designed to help students practice and master the art of online communications and build their discourse skills.


GSV Ventures is a female-led, multi-stage venture capital firm focused on the $7+ trillion education sector. The fund is currently investing out of GSV Ventures Fund III and backs innovative entrepreneurs around the world in the “Pre-K to Gray” Arc of Learning. GSV manages over $675 million in global EdTech investments. Portfolio holdings include Andela, Class Technologies, ClassDojo, Coursera, Course Hero, Degreed, Guild, MasterClass, Outlier, Photomath, Quizizz, Lead School, Brightchamps, and ClassPlus, among others.

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