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Pear Deck Successfully Scales

Pear Deck Funnels More Than $100M Back into Iowa’s Economy with One of the Largest Investor Returns in State History

After opting not to work with EDC in his first business venture, Pear Deck Co-Founder and CEO Riley-Enyon Lynch immediately knew the company needed EDC’s support when Pear Deck began in 2014. EDC stepped in and became a part of the team, helping position Pear Deck to successfully scale. EDC assisted with the company’s business plan, hiring and developing talent, and raising multiple rounds of seed capital. 

EDC Founder Curt Nelson acted as co-CEO of Pear Deck to empower Riley to succeed. Curt also managed Pear Deck’s new board of directors, coached the company’s leadership team, and directed the sales team as VP of Sales. For more than a year, Curt helped Pear Deck hire and develop a highly successful sales team.

Partnership Impact

Total Hours Invested with EDC


In 2020, Pear Deck was purchased by Go Guardian. This deal represents one of the largest investor returns in Iowa history. More than $100 million flowed back into Iowa’s economy, with both investors and founders investing more deeply in the state’s sustainability.

A Successful Alliance Every Step of the Way

“The number of things EDC did to ensure our success is too long to list. We would not have been as successful as we were without the team at EDC engaging with us every step of the way.”
-Riley-Enyon Lynch, Co-Founder & CEO

About Pear Deck

Pear Deck

Pear Deck is an educational technology company that’s on a mission to help teachers create powerful learning moments for every student, every day, using the tools educators already know and love.