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April 18, 2016 11:00 ET

Early Education Tech Innovator Brightwheel to Appear on ABC's "Shark Tank" April 29

Company Provides Educators With Complete Solution for Managing Preschool and Daycare Programs - and Gives Parents a Real-Time Window Into Their Child's Day

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 18, 2016) - Brightwheel, which offers the first free, all-in-one platform for early education providers, announced today that it will appear on ABC's "Shark Tank" on April 29. The show airs on Fridays at 8pm central/9pm eastern.

During the episode, brightwheel founder Dave Vasen pitches his growing business to the Sharks. "'Shank Tank' was the perfect place to seek both an investment and strategic advisor for brightwheel," said Vasen. "But we don't fit the traditional profile of a 'Shark Tank' candidate -- we are a free product and venture-backed -- so there was a lot of risk going in, and some fireworks during the pitch."

In its promotion, ABC summarizes the upcoming brightwheel segment: "A developer from San Francisco, California, incites a battle between two of the billionaire Sharks, as they fight to invest in his early education software platform."

Brightwheel provides the first free, all-in-one mobile SaaS platform for early education providers, including daycare, preschool, and afterschool programs. Through brightwheel, teachers can easily track attendance, record observations, share photos and notes, and gain insights into daily activities -- while administrators can manage across classrooms and send paperless, automated invoices for school tuition. For parents, brightwheel provides a real-time connection with their child throughout the day, helping facilitate conversation and education at home. The platform is free for both schools and families.

Teachers and school administrators typically use seven to 10 different tools to manage their classroom and business said Vasen, who has led education initiatives for Amazon Kindle, Cisco, and Teach for America. "We focus first on the classroom experience with tools that make teachers' lives easier -- so that they have more time to spend with their students. And we also offer web-based tools for helping directors automate many processes such as invoicing, enrollment and communication."

Brightwheel is used by thousands of preschools and daycares of all sizes across the globe. It has been proven to save teachers up to an hour each day and boost parent satisfaction within weeks of use.

To learn the outcome of brightwheel's "Shark Tank" appearance, watch the episode live on April 29, 9-10pm ET/PT on ABC. To learn more about brightwheel's business, visit www.mybrightwheel.com or view our new video.

About Brightwheel
Brightwheel offers the first free, all-in-one platform for early education providers and families. Brightwheel helps teachers manage their day and communicate with parents, gives parents deeper insight into what their children are learning, and eases the process of managing operations for administrators. Brightwheel is in use at thousands of preschools and daycares around the world, and has been proven to raise parent satisfaction and save teachers and administrators up to an hour a day. Learn more at www.mybrightwheel.com.

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