The business of education is massive. And I mean REALLY massive. There’s a ton of major players making billions of dollars off of schools, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t space for new players on the field. We all have our favorite Web 2.0 sites, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, if a site doesn’t have a direct line of funding within site, I’d be slightly skeptical of how long it’ll be around for. Site development costs money. Servers cost money. Bug fixing costs money. And if developers can’t offset those costs, well more than likely the site won’t be around for the long haul.
That said, there’s quite a few start ups that are looking to break into the education market. The beautiful thing is that if they’re smart, they can keep costs relatively low, meaning it doesn’t take too much to keep them going until they can establish a user base. If you’re at all interested in following these startups and seeing what they’re up to, @Injenuity has put together a fantastic list of Edu Startups on Twitter. Take a look through them, follow the ones you’re interested in… and if you really like what they have to offer, I strongly suggest you consider making some sort of an investment in them. Buy a premium feature, upgrade to a pro account, make a donation, or just evangelize for them. Because if you don’t, they may not be around much longer!