Vicente Fox, the 55th president of Mexico, has joined the board of directors for Waterloo-based Knowledgehook.
Knowledgehook‘s platform analyzes the academic performance of math students in real-time to identify the best-practice teaching solutions to educators that address gaps in learning.
In December 2016, the company raised a $1.25 million funding round as it looked to expand to other markets. Its investors to date include Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, and John Abele, co-founder of Boston Scientific.
In May 2016, the company won Google’s Game Changer Award.
“As an advocate for education and innovation, I’m thrilled to join Knowledgehook as its newest board member,” said Fox. “After learning how its innovative software informs students’ success and teacher development, and how well it resonates with students across Canada, I knew a tool like Knowledgehook would be helpful to school systems across the U and Mexico.”
Fox said that he hopes to use Knowledgehook to positively impact the education system in Mexico, which had a graduation rate of 45 percent as per 2011 Reuters data. The platform will be implemented into Centro Fox Library in Mexico.
For Knowledgehook it’s an opportunity to expand their reach to a new market, as Fox is also the co-president of the Centrist Democratic International and a member of the World Leadership Alliance Club De Madrid.
“We’re delighted to have President Fox join our board of directors,” said Travis Ratnam, CEO and co-founder of Knowledgehook. “President Fox’s vision for education, innovation and humanity is aligned with our goal to improve math outcomes in classrooms by supporting math educators on a global scale.”
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