US-listed social games developer Zynga and venture capital firm Rethink Education have separately set up strategic partnerships with non-profit NewSchools Venture Fund.

NewSchools said set up a partnership with Zynga to help entrepreneurs develop education-focused games.

Education, currently the third largest segment of the economy behind health and energy, received 1% of venture capital funding between 1995 and 2011 but had more than $1.1bn allocated for early-stage investment in 2012, according to NewSchools.

Zynga will host the startups at its San Francisco, California, office. Zynga.org, the company’s non-profit, has committed $1m for the first year.

Ken Weber, executive director of Zynga.org, said: “[With NewSchools], we want to help entrepreneurs create high quality, scalable learning games that will enhance learning experiences for all 21st century students.”

The first cohort of the Zynga- and NewSchools-backed programme will start this summer and include learning gaming apps Kidaptive, LocoMotiveLabs and Motion Math. Education social network Edmodo…

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