Video-based knowledge and skills app launched by Stockbridge teacher wins small business award


JACKSON MI – CrossBraining, a video-based skills and knowledge testing app, received the SmartZone Award for Best Small Business in Michigan celebrates small business.

CrossBraining was created by Josh Nichols, who was a teacher at Stockbridge Community Schools when he founded the app.

A first pilot version of CrossBraining, which allows students to capture their learning process through video storytelling, was launched in October 2019. Nichols has formed partnerships with GoPro, University of Michigan, Jackson College, the ‘Spring Arbor University and other schools across the country in the business.

Stockbridge teacher-launched app tests students without traditional tests

“The whole community has really helped CrossBraining grow,” Nichols said in a press release. “In particular, the local teachers who invited us into their classrooms and the vibrant tech community cultivated by (Jackson) Lean Rocket Lab have been instrumental in our growth and adoption.”

CrossBraining is one of 15 companies to receive the SmartZone Award for Best Small Business from MCSB. The award was presented at the 16th Annual MCSB Gala on Tuesday, July 28.

The MCSB Awards recognize companies in various industries and fields whose growth supports Michigan’s economy. A full list of MCSB 2020 winners is available at To learn more about CrossBraining, visit

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