VIPC’s Virginia Venture Partners Invests in eLumin to Support Increased Access to Technology for All Students
Virginia Venture Partners, the equity investment program of Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC), announced an investment in eLumin. Mclean, Va.-based eLumin provides education solutions that simplify access to technology and enable learning for all students. This funding will enable eLumin to expand its mission of improving digital equity in education and increase access to technology through cloud-based solutions.
Access to the right technologies prepares students with real-world and career-ready skills. eLumin works with both higher education and K-12 institutions to provide virtual desktops and services to power today’s resource-intensive applications. Education providers can manage student access to specialized software, curricula, or other resources based on major, course, class section, or other criteria. eLumin Virtual Desktop access is transparent to both students and faculty via single sign-on from existing student portals or integrations with Learning Management Systems (LMS) using Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI).
Designed with technical and research-intensive disciplines in mind, eLumin’s Learning Lab brings a physical lab experience to any device. Students can also provision, reboot, and reset their own environments with the click of a button. Secure, scalable, and ideal for simulations, Learning Lab brings hands-on learning to students in technical programs without straining instructors and IT departments.
“With eLumin and our work to address the equity in access gap, students are now able to gain access to a variety of subjects and technologies that weren’t available to them before. When designed and built with intention, Virtual Desktops can drive student engagement and increase outcomes,” said Greg M. Smith, CEO, eLumin. “With eLumin, educators reclaim valuable time for teaching by not having to provide “tech support” in addition to their day-to-day learning objectives. When students can learn using virtually any device, from anywhere and anytime, barriers are broken down and every learner has the same opportunities. We thank VIPC’s Virginia Venture Partners for their support.”
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eLumin will leverage this investment from VIPC’s Virginia Venture Partners to provide educators, IT administrators, and faculty with thought leadership and guidance on how cloud-based technology can advance equity in learning and help bridge the digital divide. The funding will also be used to grow eLumin’s engineering team, accelerate product development, and expand awareness of its innovations, which have the continued support of trusted advisors and industry experts.
“The eLumin leadership team works tirelessly to ensure that students are given the tools they need to enhance their ability to explore and to learn. Their services and products are set apart from other virtual learning platforms by letting students use complex applications on any device, anywhere, with no software installation,” said Tom Weithman, VIPC Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director of Virginia Venture Partners. “VIPC’s Virginia Venture Partners is proud to invest in eLumin, and we look forward to their continued growth and positive impact on our education systems.”
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