Zynga.org, the game maker’s non-profit arm, said it plans to invest $1 million in the effort in its first year and host the accelerator at its San Francisco offices, according to a press release.
Several companies already have been selected for the facility’s summer class, including games and app makers Kidaptive, LocoMotive and Motion Math, the release said. Also in the first class is the social learning company Edmodo.
NewSchools is a philanthropic venture targeting educational innovation and supported by donors including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Walton Foundation and the Broad Foundation.
Zynga said it will encourage its employees to volunteer and collaborate with accelerator companies.
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