Would You Enroll in an Accelerator Put On By Zynga?

Zynga is making headlines again, but instead of news about its struggles, the attention is on its nonprofit arm, Zynga.org.

Last night, the gaming company that created FarmVille, along with NewSchools Venture Fund, showcased its first class of startups for its brand new ed-tech accelerator co.lab.

For its part, Zynga will pony up $1 million for the accelerator’s first year and provide mentorship with employees, including sharing insights on design, marketing and distribution. The company has also allowed the accelerator program to be hosted at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters.

“We’re excited to lend not just space, but, we hope, other talents at Zynga,” founder and former CEO Mark Pincus said to the crowd last night. “I think there’s already been an outpouring of interest from Zynga employees to get involved. Hopefully they don’t join the companies permanently, but if that happens, we’ll live with it.”

Related: Five Keys to Building a Successful Gaming Company 

While the program was announced in May and the five startups have been busy at
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