This week, Tom Davidson ’94, CEO of EverFi, was named the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Greater Washington, DC Award. Davidson was also recognized as a Top 100 Entrepreneur by Goldman Sachs last year.
Davidson was elected to the Maine State Legislature before he had even graduated from Bowdoin. During his three terms, he made it his mission to provide education technology to Maine students. He collaborated with Governor Angus King to successfully provide every seventh grader in the state with a laptop, among other initiatives.
Davidson co-founded EverFi in 2008 along with Jon Chapman ’96 and Ramon Martinez ’96. They aimed to “mobilize the private sector” against deficiencies in Maine public schools, such as digital literacy and financial education. So far, they have raised over $21 million through funding from Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, among others. EverFi teaches middle and high school children to use technology safely and effectively through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, and also provides financial and civic education and online substance abuse prevention programs. Learn more about EverFi on their website.