Blast Learning Selected for the 2023 GSV Cup “Elite 200”

Blast Learning Will Compete as Semifinalist in the World’s Largest Pitch Competition for Pre-K to Gray EdTech Startups

Thousand Oaks, California, January 5th 2022 – Blast Learning, a revolutionary, AI-powered personal assistant that helps college students and professionals hone their critical thinking skills and master course content, is proud to announce that it has been selected to The Elite 200, the distinguished list of semifinalists set to compete in the 2023 GSV Cup. The GSV Cup, widely recognized as the world’s largest pitch competition for early-stage digital learning and workforce skills startups, takes place at the ASU+GSV Summit April 17-19, 2023, in San Diego, CA.


Blast Learning was selected for the GSV Cup Elite 200 based on its innovative approach to content creation and personalized learning using AI. The company has developed a voice-enabled, AI-powered personal assistant that works on a computer or cell phone and can be used with any subject, making it a versatile and convenient personal tutor for students.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the most innovative and impactful ed tech companies in the world,” said Bruce Lewolt, Founder of Blast Learning. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, and we are excited to showcase our innovative technology to the GSV community.”

“Our GSV Cup semifinalists epitomize our 2023 theme, Brave New World – you can’t use old maps to navigate a new world. These 200 companies are charting new courses and drawing new maps to achieve the scaled delivery of learning and skills. We all hope to achieve the mission that ALL people deserve equal access to the future through the innovations of these great founders,” said Deborah Quazzo, Managing Partner of GSV Ventures and Co-founder of the ASU+GSV Summit.

The cup, powered by GSV Ventures, Google Cloud, HolonIQ, HubSpot for Startups, and ASU RealmSpark, will award $1MM in cash & prizes. The GSV Cup Elite 200 is an annual competition organized by GSV (Global Silicon Valley), a leading investment and advisory firm that works with innovative companies around the globe. The competition aims to identify and recognize the most promising and impactful ed tech companies across a variety of sectors, from Pre-K to Gray.


The Elite 200 companies selected as semifinalists in this year’s competition support learners from Pre-K to Gray and are well-distributed across the categories of Early Childhood, K-12, Higher Education, Adult Consumer Learning, and Workforce Learning. Among this year’s Elite 200 companies:

43% of companies are headquartered outside of the United States

52% of companies have female founder(s)

48% of companies have founder(s) that identify as people of color

The 2023 Elite 200 join an illustrious group of startups with past winners and semifinalists, including, Abwaab, Curious Cardinals, Ethena, Kibo Schools, LingoAce , uDocz, and many more.


See Blast Learning and all of the companies selected to the GSV Cup Elite 200 at

About Blast Learning Inc.

Blast is a revolutionary, AI-powered personal assistant that helps college students and professionals hone their critical thinking skills and master course content. This groundbreaking technology combines generative and personality AI to generate learning content and adapt to the needs of every learner. Since Blast works with any subject it can be used as a personal tutor that travels with learners from course to course.


Blast is voice-enabled like Alexa and works on a computer or cell phone so students can study anywhere – even while exercising

About ASU+GSV Summit

The ASU+GSV Summit is the premier global event focused on technology innovation in education and skills. We believe that ALL people deserve equal access to the future. Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Educators, investors, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs from around the world come together to innovate the future of education for all. Hosted in San Diego, over 5,300 people attended in April 2022. Speakers from previous years include President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, John Legend, Common, Marian Wright Edelman, Bill Gates, Sandra Day O’Connor, Reed Hastings, President Vicente Fox, Malcolm Gladwell, Gloria Steinem, Tony Blair, and Howard Schultz.