Selected 2018

Felipe Sommer

  • Current company Nearpod
  • Industry Education

Felipe Sommer

Felipe Sommer is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, of
Nearpod, Inc., a mobile platform empowering educators to create
learning experiences that engage and inspire millions of students
around the world.

He obtained a BA in economics from the University of Buenos Aires,
Argentina, and received an MBA from the University of California,
Berkeley Haas School of Business.

For ten years, Felipe invested his time in management consulting
for financial services and start-ups at Accenture. In 2004, as an
entrepreneur, he founded Livin’ Interactive which focuses on
custom experiential marketing solutions. His passion for technology
and education fueled his desire to empower teachers and engage
students with a mobile solution. In 2012, Nearpod, Inc. was
founded, beginning his journey as President and co-founder.

Felipe is a philanthropist at heart, improving the quality of life for others, be it through education, entrepreneurship or community service in any capacity. Family is his number one priority. He takes pride in being an Argentinian, a father of three boys, and a husband to his beautiful wife, Paula. Felipe’s hobbies include world travel, sports and mentorship.


Nearpod offers an interactive, instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for live and self-paced learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom. Nearpod works with any classroom technology, from tablets and smartphones to laptops and Chromebooks. The platform helps engage students with activities such as Virtual Reality, PhET simulations, and Desmos, and with more than 8,500 ready-to-run interactive lessons and videos created in partnership with leading brands like Common Sense Education and Smithsonian. In 2019, Nearpod acquired Flocabulary, a learning platform that engages students in academically rigorous K-12 curriculum while promoting literacy through hip-hop videos. Together, Nearpod and Flocabulary reach educators in 99 of the 100 largest school districts in the US. In 2018, Nearpod was named EdTech Digest’s Company of the Year. To learn more, visit

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