Port Covington’s Workbench Acquired by Google

| November 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Workbench, an education technology company based in Port Covington’s City Garage, has been acquired by Google. The move was announced earlier this week by both companies.

Workbench Founder and CEO Chris Sleat said the following in a blog post:

The Google team shares our vision for helping educators quickly discover great lessons and rework them to use in their classrooms. Google’s tools and devices are already a significant part of how schools and universities are using technology to impact student learning. With Workbench, these educators will gain access to an innovative learning platform that provides lesson and project authoring, sharing, and discovery capabilities.

Teachers and students in districts across the country are already seeing the impact of using Workbench with Google Classroom, alongside leading maker-tech platforms including Sphero, littleBits, Makey Makey, and others.

Also in the post:

Workbench would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our customers, supporters, and advisors for believing in our vision and helping us build a valuable solution for educators. We are excited to continue working together to improve learning and help educators create, manage and share great lessons with our new teammates at Google and on the Google for Education team!

When asked if Workbench will remain in Baltimore, Google said it is not commenting on specifics right now.

The company was founded as CWIST in 2013 and relocated from Annapolis to Port Covington in 2016. Later that year, the company changed its name to Workbench.

Before moving to Port Covington, Workbench raised $1.25 million in capital from SFP Capital and Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Ventures.

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