Education-Technology Start-Ups Are Booming

Education-Technology Start-Ups Boom 1

Jay Premack for The Chronicle

As higher education faces growing scrutiny over costs and criticism that it is sorely in need of reform, entrepreneurs in education technology are flocking to incubators like 1776, in Washington.

On the 12th floor of an office building a few blocks from the White House, an incubator for technology start-ups, called 1776, is holding an important meeting.

Well-dressed middle-aged professionals mingle with young hipsters wearing plaid shirts and thick-framed glasses, sipping from cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon. The crowd matches the hodge-podge-but-stylish décor, which features large open spaces, a wooden swing on ropes, and a floor painted to