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Last Update = September 2017. We regularly update this document but you'll find the most up to date information on each opportunity website.
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OrganizationName of OpportunityWebsiteLocationOpportunity Type EdTech SchoolsOther VenturesNon ProfitsFor ProfitsGet MoneyGet CoachingGet NetworkFinancial AwardDurationIn Person / Virtual / BothApplication Deadline Additional InformationOpportunity DetailsAlums Who Have Attended
Start.coSeed Hatchery Acceleratorhttp://neverstop.co/seedhatchery/Memphis, TNAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$25,000.003 monthsIn Person3/1/2018Connection - Andre FolkesProgramming - Seed Hatchery is like a startup MBA on steroids. You get access to a variety of industry experts focused on the unquie needs of B2B tech startups, including customer development, product design, marketing, PR, direct and online sales, financial modeling and more. / Funding - With a network of VCs and angels, your $25,000 in seed-funding is only the beginning. Recent graduates of Seed Hatchery have secured over $2 million in additional funding via our Validation Fund, Angel Network, and other investment partners. / Customer Access - With the unique partnerships available to you through Start Co., you get access to a network of business leaders ranging from mid-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies. We will host mixer events, and work to introduce you to multiple companies, willing to serve as both customers and test subjects for your business. / Services & Resources - As a Start Co. founder, you’ll have access to an unparalleled suite of technical services, perks and partners, as well as legal, accounting, PR, and talent-development resources. / Mentors - True success relies on guidance. The kind that comes from mentors who have experienced and overcome every triumph and setback you’ll likely encounter. Mentoring is central to everything we do. Our community of industry experts, creative professionals, and seasoned founders are passionate about helping you on your journey toward success. / Workspace - Start Co. Lab is ground zero for our accelerators, workshops, training sessions, and more. Your startup will receive a dedicated workstation and area to start building your company culture. Accessible 24/7, our modern, open office provides plenty of room for your big ideas to grow. And our location in the core of downtown Memphis offers limitless walkable options for dining, entertainment, offsite work, and housing. / Key Partners - Innova AutoZone Innova invests in early-stage high-growth B2B technology companies, including the investment for Seed Hatchery teams.
Start.coSky High Acceleratorhttp://neverstop.co/skyhigh/Memphis, TNAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$25,000.003 monthsIn Person3/1/2018Programming - Sky High focuses on the unique needs of social impact tech startups, combining our lean startup methodology with an intense social innovation curriculum. Memphis is ground zero for disruptive startups in the areas of education, poverty, crime, health care and urban innovation. / Funding - Sky High participants are often non-profit entities that either have funding or are not currently seeking it. While Start Co. does not invest capital directly, we open the doors to a network of funders including foundations, governments, and high-net-worth individuals. These introductions have led to 75% of Sky High graduates receiving investment post-accelerator. / Services & Resources - As a Start Co. founder, you’ll have access to an unparalleled suite of technical services perks and partners, as well as legal, financial, marketing, and talent-development resources. / Mentors - True success relies on guidance. The kind that comes from mentors who have experienced and overcome every triumph and setback you’ll likely encounter. Mentoring is central to everything we do. Our community of industry experts, creative professionals, and seasoned founders is passionate about helping you on your journey toward success. / Workspace - Start Co. Lab is ground zero for our accelerators, workshops, training sessions, and more. Your startup will receive a dedicated workstation and area to start building your company culture. Accessible 24/7, our modern, open office provides plenty of room for your big ideas to grow. And our location in the core of downtown Memphis offers limitless walkable options for dining, entertainment, offsite work, and housing.
Start.coUpStart Accelerator (for women)http://neverstop.co/upstart/Memphis, TNAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$25,000.003 monthsIn Person3/1/2018Upstart is one of the nation’s first accelerators dedicated to women-led tech startups. Our curriculum reflects the way women work, learn, and lead — and equips female founders with the skills and confidence to level the entrepreneurial playing field.
Fast ForwardTech Non-Profits Acceleratorhttp://www.ffwd.org/programs/accelerator/San Fransisco, CAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$25,000.003 monthsIn Person3/31/2017Fast Forward’s accelerator program takes place in San Francisco, CA during the summer. All organizations receive a $25,000 grant, 13 weeks of training, and connections to 100 high-caliber mentors. All organizations must be nonprofits leveraging technology to address problems in arts/culture, education, environment, food/agriculture, health/healthcare, human rights, poverty alleviation/economic development, or public service/civic engagement.MindRight
National Arts StrategiesCreative Community Fellowshiphttp://www.artstrategies.org/programs/creative-community-fellows/FellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesCover Costs12 monthsBoth4/23/2017Tuition, including room and board, is completely underwritten for all Fellows. Fellows are only responsible for their travel costs to any in-person events. Applicants residing in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and the cities of Akron, OH, Charlotte, NC, Detroit, MI, San Jose, CA and St. Paul, MN are eligible for travel support.We've built the Creative Community Fellows program for these individuals working at the intersection of culture and community. Over the course of a year, through online and in-person learning, we give them tools, training and access to a community of support. This combination fuels their visions for community change, sparking new ideas and helping propel them into action. /// The Creative Community Fellows program is designed for individuals igniting change through arts and culture in their community. We are looking for curious, open and collaborative individuals who are interested in learning and sharing what they learn. We want people who are dedicated to creating healthy neighborhoods and who will recognize and seize opportunities for change.
Pahara Institute + Aspen Institute NextGen Followshiphttp://pahara.org/our-work/nextgen-fellowship/FellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNone12 monthsBoth4/24/2017Individuals may not apply to the program; they must be nominated by leaders in the field.The NextGen Fellowship is a 12 month leadership development program that aims to identify and develop a diverse group of exceptional emerging senior leaders. These leaders have the potential to strengthen and shape the future of the movement for excellence and equity in American education, which is at a critical juncture. As this work evolves, it is important to cultivate and support leaders who bring diverse voices and perspectives, particularly those who represent communities that are currently not well served by our public schools. By identifying individuals who can amplify underrepresented voices, and providing them with high-level leadership development and networking opportunities, this fellowship encourages and supports those who will become senior leaders in the field and helps strengthen the educational equity and excellence movement.New York On Tech
J.M. Kaplan FundJ.M.K. Innovation Prizehttp://www.jmkfund.org/overview/New York City, NYCompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYes$175,000.0036 months4/28/2017$50,000/year x up to 3 yrs + $25,000 bank of funds for technical support or program expensesWe support social entrepreneurs across the United States who are spearheading game-changing solutions to our society’s most urgent challenges.Launched in early 2015, The J.M.K. Innovation Prize was designed to seek out boldly promising ideas in the field of social-sector innovation—however untested or wherever they arise. From a pool of more than one thousand applications from every corner of the country, we selected ten outstanding awardees who will receive multi-year support for their visionary ideas. We couldn’t be more excited to share with you these diverse and deeply compelling initiatives bringing social innovation to America.
Pahara Institute + Aspen Institute Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowshiphttp://pahara.org/our-work/pahara-aspen-education-fellowship/program-details/FellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNone24 monthsBoth5/22/2017Individuals may not apply to the program; they must be nominated by leaders in the field.The Pahara-Aspen Fellowship seeks to strengthen and sustain diverse, high potential leaders who are reimagining public education. Using a time-tested method of text-based dialogue, the program provides participants the opportunity to reflect on the values tensions involved in effective and enlightened leadership across the public, nonprofit and private sectors. /// Each cohort of Fellows consists of 20-24 exceptional men and women who undertake a program of four advanced leadership seminars over the course of two years, under the direction of experienced moderators. In addition to these seminars, which feature thought-provoking readings and discussions about leadership, diversity, and important issues in public education and social change, the program consists of a leadership project, as well as alumni events. /// The Fellowship is a partnership between the Pahara and Aspen Institutes. The Aspen Institute has created a leadership development model through its renowned Henry Crown Fellowship program, which focuses on inspiring Fellows to make a lasting difference in their spheres of influence through the application of effective and enlightened leadership. Pahara-Aspen Fellows become part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, which currently includes nearly 2,100 Fellows from 49 countries who are collectively making tremendous positive change in the world.
Opportunity 180Grantmakinghttp://opportunity180.org/grant-information/Las Vegas, NVGrantYesYesYesVaries12 monthsIn Person5/27/2017Planning grants are available for high performing charter management organizations interested in expanding operations to Southern Nevada and for founding school teams (principal and founding teachers) with a clear vision and business plan for launching a charter school. /// Year 0 grants are for charter schools that have received authorization and are preparing to launch a school in 2017 or 2018 in high need neighborhoods. Year 0 grants are available to approved applicants to offset the one-time start-up costs required to launch new schools and transform underperforming schools to high-performing ones.
Lean LabFellowshiphttp://theleanlab.org/index.htmlKansas City, MOAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$35,000.005 monthsBoth6/11/2017The Lean Lab is a Kansas City-based community that launches transformational education innovations. To date, we have launched 17 ventures, impacting over 8,000 kids in Kansas City and 400,000 kids nationwide. We work tirelessly to ensure that community members work with entrepreneurs, because we believe the most effective innovations grow from partnership with those most impacted: parents, teachers, students, and school leaders.
More info here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Qlto-Uk3T6o3nuxrpvko_LiPC7MwWiQEXQsVy1U403E/editExplorable Places, Brydge4Schools
Social Innovation ForumNonprofit Acceleratorhttp://www.socialinnovationforum.org/applyBoston, MAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$12,500.005 monthsBoth7/12/2017Each Social Innovator receives access to cash and benefits valued at more than $150,000:

Five months of consulting services. The consulting engagement culminates in the development of the following materials designed for funder/investor audiences: Written investment prospectus
Five-minute pitch (with PowerPoint slides), Five months of executive coaching, $10,000 cash upon completion of the consulting engagement, Showcasing via numerous events, including a spring Showcase (May 14, 2018) that annually attracts more than 350 business leaders, institutional funders, and individual philanthropists, Networking and relationship-building support
Graphic design services, Presentation coaching, Additional support from SIF’s in-kind partners (e.g., legal, graphic design, PR, technology), $2,500 capacity building grant in 2019
Propeller: A Force for Social InnovationStartup Acceleratorhttp://gopropeller.org/accelerator/#growthNew Orleans, LAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNone3 monthsIn Person8/18/2017Propeller offers four concurrent Startup Accelerator programs focused on food, water, health, and education. Each sector-based accelerator is a three-month intensive program specially designed to support entrepreneurs from idea, to beta, to growth. One-on-one weekly mentorship, access to high-level networks and investors, pro bono technical support, and free office space, are just some of the benefits.Electric Girls, College Beyond
Points of LightCivic Acceleratorhttp://cvcx.org/Atlanta, GAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$50,000.002.5 monthsBoth8/25/2017$50,000 for 2 of 10-15 venturesThe Points of Light Civic Accelerator "CivicX" is the first national accelerator program and investment fund in the country focused on "civic ventures" -- for-profit and nonprofit early stage ventures that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems. The 10-week, boot camp-style program convenes 10-15 teams in person and online with the goal of equipping each venture to seek investments and scale their social innovation.SteamTruck, Operation Spark, Project BASTA, Community Guilds, BridgeYear, ClassTracks, New York On Tech, Edquity, Overgrad
Blue Ridge LabsCatalysthttps://labs.robinhood.org/catalyst/Brooklyn, NYAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$50,000.006 monthsIn Person9/1/2017Get $50,000 plus health insurance; at least one team member must be in personCatalyst is designed for social entrepreneurs at a pivotal moment in their evolution – after discovery but before acceleration – when they need time, funding, and support to build a fully-functional product, develop market traction, and lay the foundations for a viable operating structure and a sound social impact model. /// Funding = $50,000 in cash stipend, plus healthcare and a dedicated research budget /// Coaching = Coaching and support to build your product and organization /// Human Capital = Connections to talent, advisors, and potential users and partners /// Operations = Free office space and a host of discounted and in-kind services
Idea VillageAccelerator http://ideavillage.org/pages/detail/126/for-entrepreneursNew OrleansAcceleratorsYesYesYesYesYes6 monthsIn Person9/1/2017Must be located in the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region (Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington).
IDEAx is a 6-month accelerator program for New Orleans-based founders focused on creating scalable and fundable businesses. Central to the program is a curated network of global business experts available to participating founders.EnRiched, Welcome to College, Culture Connect, Gigsy, mSchool, Whetstone
TEDTed Fellowhttps://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellowVariesLeadershipYesYesYesYesYesYes1 year9/10/2017The TED Fellowship program has the ability to slingshot your career forward. As a Fellow, you will be introduced into a powerful network of innovators that can be future collaborators. By attending and speaking at the TED Conference, you not only have the ability to spread your message far and wide, but you will also meet people who may be able to help your career. Aside from the conference, Fellows have access to personal mentorship opportunities and speaker coaching following conference participation.
Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition - Idea Pathhttp://www.educationcompetition.org/competitionPhiladelphia, PACompetitionYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.00In Person9/12/20172017 Finals of the EBPC Idea Path Competition will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Reimagine Education Awards & Conference on December 4-5 in PhiladelphiaIdea Path Grand Prize (1): $5,000 / Other Idea Path Prizes (2): $2,500 / All Idea Path Finalists: $1,000MindRight, EdModified
LearnLaunchBreakthrough Programhttp://learnlaunch.com/x/Boston, MAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$120,000.001 monthIn Person9/15/2017Up to $120k in investment. ($50k Convertible note at start of program. Additional $70k Convertible note if milestones are hit.)The BREAKTHROUGH Program is a distilled four-week boot camp, designed to help edtech companies that are beyond seed stage. – Targeting Post Seed Stage/Pre Series A companies – 4-6 companies per cohort /// For companies with bit more traction, LearnLaunch Accelerator’s BREAKTHROUGH Program is designed to help early stage education technology companies by providing critical access to strategic partners and financing entities. Your company is beyond seed stage, and we realize that as you gain momentum it becomes more difficult to join our campus for an extended period. That’s why BREAKTHROUGH is structured to provide assistance specific to the needs of your company, and to provide it in a condensed and intensive timeframe. /// We do more upfront before your arrival, so that we can provide a distilled four-week boot camp while you’re here. During the pre-accelerator phase of the program, we will start introducing you to our mentor and partner network and will create a personalized four week plan for your company. During the accelerator program, you will be meeting regularly with your mentors and lead LearnLaunch partner to make sure you are hitting your goals and milestones. The program culminates with presentations at the LearnLaunch Conference in February. /// Beyond introductions, we can help you leverage those connections to your greatest advantage. LearnLaunch Accelerator provides intensive company-specific workshops in areas such as business model optimization, finance, and product roadmapping. Success is about being prepared when opportunity strikes. BREAKTHROUGH helps you prepare for exceptional opportunities. Companies accepted into the Breakthrough program receive up to $120k in funding.EdModified
Global Edtech Startup AwardsGlobal Edtech Startup Awardshttp://www.globaledtechawards.org/VariesCompetitionYesYesYes$50,000.009/30/2017The product or service will be judged according to the following criteria: (1) Answers an actual pain (2) Has an innovative pedagogical aspect (3) Has an outstanding user experience (4) Has a growth potential (5) Has a sustainable business model
1776Challenge Cuphttp://www.1776.vc/challenge-cup/Columbus, OH
Denver, CO
Philadelphia, PA
Santa Barbara, CA
CompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYesTBDIn person10/1/2017Local, Regional, and Global locations vary by year - US locations for 2017 are Columbus, Denver, Philadelphia, Santa BarbaraEach year 1776, a global incubator and venture fund, hosts a worldwide tournament called the Challenge Cup. Together, with our Startup Federation partners, Revolution, the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) and over 50 incubator hosts around the world, we’ll discover the most promising, highly scalable startups that are poised to solve the major challenges of our time. /// Startups advance through three rounds: Local, Regional and Global Finals. All of the regional winners and a host of wild cards will be invited to participate in the Challenge Cup Global Finals next June in Washington, D.C. There, they’ll compete for over $1 million in prizes, as well as spend time with the investors, customers, media and other key connections that can help them succeed on a global scale.
Y CombinatorAcceleratorhttps://www.ycombinator.com/about/Silicon Valley, CAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$120,000.003 monthsIn Person10/3/20172 cohorts annually - Jan to March and June to AugustTwice a year we invest a small amount of money ($120k) in a large number of startups (most recently 107). /// The startups move to Silicon Valley for 3 months, during which we work intensively with them to get the company into the best possible shape and refine their pitch to investors. Each cycle culminates in Demo Day, when the startups present their companies to a carefully selected, invite-only audience. /// But YC doesn’t end on Demo Day. We and the YC alumni network continue to help founders for the life of their company, and beyond.Emote, Vidcode, Formative (through ik12), Brightloop (through ik12)
4.0 SchoolsTiny Fellowshiphttp://4pt0.org/tinyNew Orleans, LAFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.003 monthsBoth10/8/2017Goes from October to December
Halycon IncubatorHalycon Incubatorhttp://halcyonincubator.org/how-it-worksWashington, DCAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.007 monthsIn Person10/17/2017$10,000 stipend, 5 months housing, 18 months office space5 month residency focused on venture development
Grinnell CollegeGrinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prizehttps://www.grinnell.edu/grinnellprizeVariesCompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.0010/19/2017Need someone to nominate you.
Don't need affiliation with Grinnell.
The Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize (the Grinnell Prize) honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their fields and who show creativity, commitment, and extraordinary accomplishment in effecting positive social change. Each prize carries an award of $100,000, half to the winning individual(s) and half to their organization.
Miller Center for Social EntrepreneurshipiMiller Center's Global Social Benefit Institutehttps://www.scu-social-entrepreneurship.org/apply-to-the-gsbi/Santa Clara, CAFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesBoth10/20/2017No affiliation with Santa Clara University needed.If your business is operational, focused on serving people living below the poverty line, and you can commit 3-6 hours per week towards working with your mentor through program deliverables, we invite you to apply.
Echoing GreenGlobal Fellowshiphttp://www.echoinggreen.org/fellowship/global-fellowshipGlobal FellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYes$90,000.002 years10/24/2017$90,000 stipend over 2 years; A health insurance stipend A yearly professional development stipend / Global fellowship, headquarters are in NYCThe Global Fellowship is our twenty-seven-year-old program for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply. /// Echoing Green works to catalyze the ability of emerging leaders in education to impact the world and drive social progress further, faster. The fellows we support are innovators, instigators, pioneers, and rebels who directly impact education policy, creating positive change inside and outside of the classroom. /// We are looking for learning advocates to join our robust, active community of educators and policy makers. Our fellows are driven by purpose and passion. The impact on students motivates them to fight for school and policy reforms. Social entrepreneurship is tough, but they are tougher. Their commitment to a better future for students in local communities and around the world is unwavering. They understand the responsibility of being the CEO, finding education solutions that are thoughtful and realistic. Most importantly, they inspire others to action. Their influential voice calls others to their education reform movement.TrueSchool
Echoing GreenBlack Male Achievement Fellowshiphttp://www.echoinggreen.org/fellowship/black-male-achievement-fellowshipGlobal FellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYes$90,000.002 years10/24/2017$90,000 stipend over 2 years; A health insurance stipend A yearly professional development stipend / Global fellowship, headquarters are in NYCThe Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship invests in emerging leaders dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. Founded and supported in partnership with the Open Society Foundations, this Fellowship connects Fellows to a network of leaders in the field of black male achievement.Rooted School
University of MichiganSocial Venture Fundhttp://www.umsocialventure.com/for-entrepreneurs/Ann Arbor, MIInvestmentYesYesYesYes$50,000 – $100,00011/3/2017SVF invests in US-based, for profit businesses working in the areas of Education, Food Systems & Environment, Health, and Urban Revitalization. We make minority investments ranging from $50,000 – $100,000 through preferred equity or convertible debt securities, in businesses whose products or services have been validated through customer usage, revenue, or market place traction. If you know of a business that meets these criteria, they may submit an executive summary and business plan.
LearnLaunchBoost Programhttp://learnlaunch.com/x/Boston, MAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$70,000.003 monthsIn Person11/6/2017Up to $70k investment. ($20k investment for 6% at start of program. Additional $50k Convertible note if milestones are hit)The BOOST program is a three-month residential program designed to help early stage entrepreneurs successfully grow their startups. – Targeting early stage companies– 6-10 companies per cohort --- The LearnLaunch BOOST program is a three-month program designed to help early stage edtech entrepreneurs successfully grow their startups. Founders participate in a residential program in Boston, Massachusetts, where they are immersed in a community of like-minded professionals committed to helping them grow their businesses. The goal of LearnLaunch BOOST is to advance the product and market development process so that entrepreneurs will be able to secure the resources they need to grow. LearnLaunch provides seed funding ($20k for 6% plus potentially up to $50k in additional funding) for companies selected to its cohort. Participating companies meet weekly with mentors who push them to identify and take the most leveraged next steps to grow their products and companies. During the program, companies regularly interact with leading edtech experts. BOOST has also developed an edtech-focused curriculum that provides tremendous insight into how to navigate the education industry. /// During the first month we work with companies to test their key assumptions and then develop an individual work plan. During the second month, founders work with their mentors on company-specific issues, such as customer interaction, user interface design, and product development. In the final month of the program, founders develop an action plan, including strategies for launching their product, expanding their company, and pitching to investors. The program culminates with presenations at the LearnLaunch Accelerator Demo Day in June. /// LearnLaunch continues to guide and support companies for three months after they finish the accelerator program to help them grow their startups into thriving companies.
SXSWeduLaunch Competitionhttp://www.sxswedu.com/launchAustin, TXCompetitionYesYesYesYes$2,500.00In Person11/10/2017Costs $200 to apply. The winning startup will be recognized and celebrated at the conference-wide Launch Party. Additionally, the winner will receive a prize package that includes two (2) SXSW 2019 Platinum badges, two (2), two (2) SXSW EDU 2019 badges and a $2,500 cash stipend. Most importantly, the opportunity to receive invaluable exposure to the SXSW EDU community.The seventh annual Launch competition will take place at SXSW EDU 2018. This exciting event provides a platform for entrepreneurs seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships and exposure, to present their early-stage company before a panel of industry experts, early adopters, investors and educators as well as the live SXSW EDU audience.
Edison AwardsEdison Awardshttp://www.edisonawards.com/CompetitionYesYesYesYesYesNone11/17/2017Now in its 30th year, The Edison Awards is an annual competition honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation. The Edison Awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison, while strengthening the human drive for innovation, creativity and ingenuity. /// Edison Award nominees represent active contributors to the cause and purpose of innovation in the world. A percentage of every nomination fee, seal licensing fee, and gala ticket is a tax deductible contribution used to help tell the broader story of innovation, advance the values and principles of Thomas A. Edison and other accomplished innovators, to fund programs and conferences dedicated to innovation and education, and to fund the development of new innovation curricula. /// Award winners are given a unique opportunity to share their stories to a variety of audiences. These include business audiences, higher education institutions, K-12 education systems and museums focused on science, industry, innovation, etc. Whether through direct connections that the Edison Awards facilitates to these audiences, or as a part of educational assets developed by Edison Universe, award winners are encouraged to give back to current and future innovators through storytelling, mentorship programs, direct teaching and communication in a variety of media.
Propeller: A Force for Social InnovationGrowth Acceleratorhttp://gopropeller.org/accelerator/#growthNew Orleans, LAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$25,000.004 monthsIn Person12/15/2017In 2015, two $25,000 investmentsPropeller offers four concurrent Startup Accelerator programs focused on food, water, health, and education. Each sector-based accelerator is a three-month intensive program specially designed to support entrepreneurs from idea, to beta, to growth. One-on-one weekly mentorship, access to high-level networks and investors, pro bono technical support, and free office space, are just some of the benefits.College Beyond
New Schools Venture FundNew Schools Invent http://www.newschools.org/invent/Washington, DCFellowshipYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.0012 monthsBoth1/12/2018Planning grants of $100,000 to $200,000 over approximately 12 months. At the end of the planning phase, teams may apply for an investment that would support their first two to three years of operation.NewSchools Invent provides support for schools in two stages. The first stage provides grant funding and management assistance to teams during the critical planning period of up to 14 months before school launch. The second stage provides additional grant funding and assistance for a school’s launch and first two to three years of operation.
Future Public School, Achievers Early College Prep, Noble Minds, Rooted School, PRIME School, Thrival World Academies
TFA NationalSocial Innovation Awardhttps://www.teachforamerica.org/alumni/awards-fellowships-programs/social-innovation-awardNew York City, NYCompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.0012 monthsBoth1/16/2018The Social Innovation Award is an annual competition that brings budding alumni and corps members entrepreneurs together to compete for up to $100,000 in seed funding and engage in professional coaching. Our coaching is built for early-stage entrepreneurs designed to accelerate the development and deepen the impact of their ventures. Two tracks -- Pre-Pilot and Overall Track - The Award is intended to spark bold, new innovations that expand opportunities for students in low-income communities and address the root causes of educational inequity.

mSchool, Rooted, unCommon Construction, Community Guilds, Cow Tipping Press
Camelback VenturesCamelback Fellows Program http://www.camelbackventures.orgNew Orleans, LAFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$40,000.006 monthsBoth1/25/2018We raise charitable donations to make investments in early-stage startups. From there, our model of investing in social ventures is three-fold. We provide integrated investing — (coaching, capital, and connections) — to ensure our ventures maximize their social impact. After investing and scaling the impact of our social ventures, we then recycle our returns to make new investments.The Camelback Fellowship is a six-month program that supports the development of both founder and venture. Camelback provides coaching, capital, and connections through the Fellowship, believing that these three pillars are critical to the evolution and success of an organization. We focus our skill- and resource-building on sessions on five Core Competencies that we believe are critical to the success of ventures at this stage.Rooted, Noble Minds, Knowledge House, Supergleu, New York on Tech, Smart Coos, MindRight, Peer Connect
Institute of Education SciencesSmall Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programhttp://ies.ed.gov/sbir/Washington, DCGrantYesYesYes$1,050,000.001/25/2018Grant must be used for research purposes - not marketing or saleseBest to take a look at the http://ies.ed.gov/sbir/ to get started, including this page: http://ies.ed.gov/sbir/intro.asp and this page: http://ies.ed.gov/sbir/news.aspCognitive Toybox
Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition - Venture Pathhttp://www.educationcompetition.org/competitionPhiladelphia, PACompetitionYesYesYesYesYes$40,000.00In Person2/13/2018May 10-11 in person for pitch and conferenceMilken Family Foundation Grand Prize: $40,000 / ACT Prize: $20,000 / American Public University System Prize: $20,000 / ChanceLight Behavioral Health and Education Prize: $20,000 / McGraw-Hill Education Prize: $20,000 / Voter's Choice Prize: $1,000 / Consideration for the EDSi Fellows Program
The Roddenberry FoundationRoddenberry Innovation Fellowshiphttp://www.roddenberryfoundation.org/the-roddenberry-innovation-fellowship/TBDFellowshipYesYesYesYes$50,000.0012 monthsBoth2nd round: 9/25/2017The Roddenberry Fellowship will provide support for an annual cohort of proven social innovators who are seeking to kick start new, bold ideas that have the potential for significant social impact. It’s for the innovators, founders, leaders, and entrepreneurs who have successfully created systemic change and who are now ready to apply their experiences in the service of a new idea. It is designed to enable these talented folks to focus on a project that needs time, some money, and dedication to go from “wouldn’t it be cool if” to “here’s how I can change the world (again)”.

Every year, TRF will gather a diverse group of extraordinary individuals who are each embarking on a new venture. The cohort will participate in peer-led convenings that leverage their experiences, networks, expertise, and leadership as they ramp up their new ventures.
Eileen FischerEileen Fischer Women Owned Business Grantshttp://www.eileenfisher.com/grants/women-owned-business/grant-program-guidelinesNew York City, NYGrantsYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.00BothApplication opens April-May 2018Majority women-owned and women-led (majority defined as minimum 51%), In operation for a minimum of three years at time of application and able to provide accompanying financials (not in start-up stage), Revenues not exceeding $1 million in year prior to application, Business founded on creating environmental and social change

While traditional nonprofits with no earned revenue sources are not eligible to apply for this program, we encourage organizations that identify as social enterprises, regardless of legal structure, to apply. However, social enterprises that are registered nonprofits must demonstrate clear sources of revenue and should not be reliant on donations or grants alone.
The EILEEN FISHER Women-Owned Business Grant supports innovative, women-owned companies that are beyond the start-up phase and ready to expand their business and their potential for positive social and environmental impact.

Dreamit VenturesAcceleratorhttp://www.dreamit.com/faqPhiladelphia, PAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$50,000.003.5 monthsBothGenerally launch 3 months before kickoff dateDreamit has reengineered the accelerator model to better serve later stage startups. Instead of a fixed percentage ownership stake in your company, Dreamit receives a $50K convertible security in your startup that converts to equity when you raise your next round. Dreamit Ventures, our venture arm, has the option to invest up to $500K in subsequent rounds. // Expected to travel to be in person for 5 of 14 weeks /// 2 waves each year - February to May and September to December The Only EdTech Accelerator Focused on Post-Seed Stage Startups Our program is designed to help edtech startups gain customers and scale rapidly.
CausewayChallengehttp://www.causeway.org/challenge/Chattanooga, TNCompetitionYesYesYesYes$3,000.0012 monthsIn PersonN/A for 2017$3,000 awarded to 10 projects; must be local in Chattanooga; Applications will be open online from September 29th - October 29thThe Causeway Challenge is all about empowering individuals to solve problems in their own communities. Since 2014, we have awarded $145,000 to grassroots leaders who have made Chattanooga more connected, pushed us to be a more inclusive city, shown us the power of play, and inspired more parents to get involved in their children’s education. As we prepared to launch our fifth Causeway Challenge, we asked you what the next question should be. The response was overwhelming; so many of you want an opportunity to do something about the violence affecting youth in your communities. /// Causeway’s mission is to inspire and equip Chattanoogans to develop smarter solutions to our city’s toughest challenges, and this is certainly a tough challenge. From January to August of this year, there were 23 homicides and 86 shootings in Chattanooga, with many of them involving people under the age of 25 as both the victims and the aggressors. We know that this is a deeply systemic issue with strong roots in poverty, education, and access to opportunity. We also know that any solution to youth violence has to be consistent and long term, or it’s not a solution at all. With that in mind, we’ve taken some time to stretch the boundaries of our usual Challenge structure. /// We still plan to give out up to $3,000 each to 10 projects, but at every stage of the process we are going to be working closely with the local organizations that serve youth in our city every single day. We understand that no single organization, individual, or idea has the ability to completely solve this problem, so we are bringing many familiar faces, and some new ones to the table to focus on this important work together. These organizations will help identify gaps in services, opportunities for innovation, and a chance for the ideas that really work to keep growing after the Challenge process is over.
Open Society FoundationOpen Society Fellowshiphttp://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/open-society-fellowshipWashington, DCFellowshipYesYes$80,000.00Variesnew challenge released 1/15/2018$80,000 - $100,000 stipend + project budget (cannot include operational expenses, more a PD fund)The Open Society Fellowship was founded in 2008 to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. The fellowship funds work that will enrich public understanding of those challenges and stimulate far-reaching and probing conversations within the Open Society Foundations and in the world. /// Gain access to OSF network; support and leadership dev't; required to spend time working in an OSF office (DC office would make the most sense). /// For the current application round, the Open Society Fellowship invites proposals relevant to the following propositions: - Human rights are under siege everywhere. Why? - Those who carry out human rights analysis and reporting have been seduced by legal frameworks and largely ignore imbalances of power that lead to rights violations. - Political leaders increasingly play on fears that human rights are a Trojan Horse, threatening societies by promising rights to dangerous “others.” - These statements are intended as a provocation—to stimulate productive controversy and debate—and do not necessarily represent the views of the Open Society Foundations. Applicants are invited to dispute, substantiate, or otherwise engage with one or both of these statements in their submissions. Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the considerable intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform. /// Open Society fellows produce work outputs of their own choosing, such as a book, journalistic or academic articles, art projects, a series of convenings, etc. In addition, fellowship cohorts may develop a joint work product of some sort. Fellowship staff will assist cohorts in brainstorming possible outputs if needed.
Educate 78School Design Labhttp://educate78.org/schooldesignlab/Oakland, CAFellowshipYesYesYesYes24 monthsIn PersonNo 2017 date availableLocal in Oakland; application cycle happens annually in the fall The Educate78 School Design Lab provides tools, support, and resources to schools and design teams across Oakland’s diverse school design and transformation community through our School Design Fellowship, Design Line Playlists, and Jam Sessions. /// Our School Design Fellows receive personalized coaching, funding, and support over multiple years in order to design, launch, and lead high quality Oakland Public Schools. We’re currently taking applications from innovative leaders to join our School Design Cohort starting in Fall 2016.Thrival Academies
Forbes FundUpPrize Social Innovation Challengehttps://forbesfunds.org/upprizePittsburg, PACompetitionYesYesYesYesYes$300,000.00No 2017 date availableAwards will include $10,000 grants for finalists, and an additional $300,000 in grants and $300,000 in investments. The Forbes Funds UpPrize Social Innovation Challenge is designed to transform the way Southwestern Pennsylvania addresses key community challenges. UpPrize exists to improve the lives of our vulnerable residents and the work of nonprofit organizations. The submitting nonprofit, business or individual must be based in one of these counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington or Westmoreland.
GSV LabsPioneer Acceleratorhttp://gsvlabs.com/pioneer-accelerator/Silicon Valley, CAAcceleratorYesYesYesYes$250,000.003 monthsBothNo 2017 date available$250,000 in free/discounted technology and professional services that will help you get to market / In person at beginning and end, virtual in the middle // Next cohort begins Winter 2017The GSVlabs Pioneer Accelerator is an intensive, 3-month startup accelerator co-designed with Google Launchpad. It exists to achieve one simple goal: Meaningfully accelerate and grow the worlds most impactful startups.
ImpactLabTeacher Fellowshipimpactlab.usFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo 2017 date availableThe ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship. Empowering innovative teachers to create solutions to problems in education. The ImpactLab Teacher Fellowship helps passionate teachers turn an idea into a “solution” in a supportive, small-group format with the guidance of an experienced coach. Over the span of ten months (September - June) our Fellows: Learn, Build, and Connect.
Intel Intel EdTech Acceleratorhttp://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/accelerator/education-accelerator-home.htmlSilicon Valley, CAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.004 monthsIn PersonNo 2017 date availableThe Intel Education Accelerator Program seeks out start-up companies who share our passion for educational excellence. Each year we work with a number of eligible Edtech companies to help them grow from initial Angel funding and working beta product to become a transformative company striving to change education for student success. Get Funding to Grow - Selected companies receive up to $100,000 from Intel Capital. 1) Start in Silicon Valley - Located at GSVlabs in Silicon Valley, this accelerator program has a private, dedicated suite with access to all the amenities offered at GSVlabs. 2) Connect Globally - Gain access to education technology decision makers and partners based on Intel® Education’s relationships in more than one hundred countries. 3) Gain Expert Insight - Work with market insights from Intel Education that have helped more than fifteen million teachers successfully integrate new technology into their classrooms. 4) Learn from the best - 5) Collaborate with senior-level industry leaders across technology, business, and education for mentorship that moves your business forward faster.Videcode
AshokaAshoka Fellowshttps://www.ashoka.org/fellowsGlobalFellowshipYesMaybeYesVirtualRollingSome Ashoka Fellows in the US may receive a modest, catalytic stipend. Ongoing application process, nomination starts the process - individuals can be self nominatedAshoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need. All Ashoka Fellows must undergo a rigorous search and selection process in which they demonstrate that they fully meet Ashoka's selection criteria. Ashoka helps seed that network investment through stipends that allow Fellows the financial flexibility to fully dedicate themselves to their new ideas.
BALLELocal Economy Fellowshiphttps://bealocalist.org/fellowship/allFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYes2 yearsBothRolling2018 focus on rural communitiesThe BALLE Local Economy Fellowship is a two-year program designed for leaders who are advancing the development of healthy and equitable economies. Local Economy Fellows are selected based on their vision, their leadership, and their role as strategic connectors, supporters, and influencers of local entrepreneurs and their businesses. Whether leading entrepreneur networks, community business incubators, or regional economic development initiatives, they are practical champions of new ways of doing business and organizing economies that work for all.
Draper Richard Kaplan FoundationEntrepreneur Grantshttp://www.drkfoundation.org/apply-for-funding/GrantYesYesYesVariesVariesRollingThe Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies. Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment. Very involved, sit on board for 1st year of launch. /// Start Up Funding - Through exhaustive due diligence on hundreds of potential portfolio opportunities, working in close contact with partners, networks and institutions crossing the public, private and non-profit sector, we narrow our focus on a select group of exceptional leaders and organizations. Early on, we recognized two things that drive our funding model: 1) unrestricted capital is the most precious capital that our portfolio companies need to build out their organizations and 2) multi-year funding, as opposed to a one-time grant, is a critical success factor in helping these great organizations achieve scale. /// Support - We also have learned that just giving early stage organizations money and checking in periodically isn’t enough. Our approach is materially different. We partner with the leaders of these organizations and provide rigorous and unrelenting on-going support. We take a board seat for three years, often serving as the first outside board member. We work day and night with our grantees, opening our networks and contacts to each of these select organizations, facilitating meetings, convening critical resources and working side by side with each leader to help them reach their full potential and build their organizations to scale. /// Network of Entrepreneurs - Our portfolio is an actively expanding array of the brightest stars of the non-profit sector. Our entrepreneurs have a reputation for collaborating and setting a standard of excellence for their sector. The Foundation fosters collaboration through an annual entrepreneur retreat, events throughout the year, and group calls on management techniques and other topics pertinent to the portfolio.
Drexel FundSchool + Network Grant Fundinghttp://drexelfund.org/what-we-do/Evanston, ILGrantYesYesYesYesVaries24 monthsRollingRolling - complete initial school data submission + invited to apply if advance past screening stageThe Drexel Fund is looking for two types of school organizations to invest in: 1) High-performing individual faith-based and other private schools interested in replicating their successful school models and developing a school network. 2) High-quality, nonprofit private school network operators engaged in growing the scale of their network. /// The Drexel Fund team is working with on-the-ground partners in each of its six focus states to identify promising applicants. Following initial contact with a Drexel Fund staff member and confirmation that the applicant meets the Drexel Fund’s criteria, applicants will be invited to complete an initial screen of academic and operational data. Once the applicant successfully makes it through the screen and has received an initial site visit, they may be invited to apply for a business planning grant or simply be invited to submit a multi-year plan for network growth, incorporating both network and school growth projections.
Drexel FundFounder Grant Fundinghttp://drexelfund.org/founders/funding-criteria/Evanston, ILGrantYesYesYesYesVaries24 monthsRollingRolling - complete initial submission + invited to apply if advance past screening stageEntrepreneurs looking to partner with the Fund need both the audacity to design new models of faith-based and other private schools that will be the first in an eventual network of schools and the resolve to successfully operationalize their design. The Fund will invest in leaders who will commit their expertise and inspired view of the future to the development of new, sustainable private schools in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio and Wisconsin. These leaders will create proof points, both for underserved students and for the voucher/state scholarship sector as a whole. --- Following a rigorous selection process, investments from the Drexel Fund may include: /// INVESTMENT IN ACADEMIC, STRATEGIC & BUSINESS PLANNING - Founders who need to develop their model could be awarded an initial investment to concretize the academic, strategic and financial plan at the heart of their school design. This planning process will deliver a roadmap for the manner in which the school will achieve top-tier results for children, while maintaining a sustainable financial model. /// INVESTMENT IN SCHOOL START-UP - Following Drexel’s approval of the academic, strategic and business plan for the first school, founders will be eligible to receive a school start-up investment to see the plan realized. Start-up funding is intended to put the school on the path to sustainability, recognizing that the early years of a school launch will likely require philanthropic support. /// INVESTMENT IN REPLICATION - When the school has secured a strong foothold in both academics and organizational viability – typically after year three or four – founders will be eligible to receive funds to assist in the build out of a high-quality network of private schools, modeled on the successes of the original campus. For more on Drexel’s replication fund, see Schools & Networks.
Edovate Capitalhttp://www.edovatecapital.com/Denver, COInvestmentYesYesVariesVariesRollingRequest proposals, rollingEdovate Capital is looking for outstanding people to partner with for the long term who have products or services that will transform education. /// Edovate Capital is a seed and early stage venture capital company whose leadership invests in companies that lead innovation in the education market. We know firsthand the pains and gains of growing early-stage companies into successful firms and we have passion and experience in the education market. We look for outstanding people to partner with for the long term who have products or services that will transform education. /// We rarely consider unsolicited proposals, but we would like to hear from you and love meet-and-greet conversations.
Golden SeedsInvestmenthttp://www.goldenseeds.com/VariesInvestmentYesYesYesYesVariesRollingEarly stage investments for women-led businessesFrom application to funding, our investment process takes 12-14 weeks. Steps in the process include several pitch presentations, followed by 4 to 8 weeks of due diligence. Due diligence includes close examination of the company, team, products or services, and customers. During the due diligence process, we will negotiate, or review an existing term sheet. The final step is a legal and accounting diligence necessary to document the investment.

Please note, that Golden Seeds receives and reviews hundreds of applications each year and funds less than 3% of those that apply. We reserve the right to pass on an application for any reason and at our sole discretion.
Jefferson Education AcceleratorJefferson Education Acceleratorhttp://www.jeauva.com/offeringsRichmond, VAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$2,000,000.00BothRollingConnection - Bart Epstein (bart@jeauva.com) (Fu met in Sep 2016 at EdClusters convening in Providence) // Interested ventures need to submit an inquiry on the websiteThe Cream of the Crop - We partner with only the most promising education companies and entrepreneurs. We are committed to identifying solutions to support great teaching, and make a profound impact on student outcomes. /// Expert Vetting and Validation - The Jefferson Education Accelerator carefully vets program participants on a wide variety of factors, ensuring you can cut to the chase and work with only the highest caliber education organizations in the marketplace today. /// Real Time Relevance - Forward thinking educators appreciate that the Jefferson Education Accelerator makes it easy to stay up-to-date and in the know. We provide access to the brightest, most innovative education companies with game-changing products and solutions. /// Implementation Expertise - It all starts with successful classroom implementations. We have the experience and the skills to bridge the gaps between educators and entrepreneurs to translate ideas into action. /// Networked for Success - We're building a network of educators, researchers, and entrepreneurs. Share ideas and learn what's proven to work. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR K-12 NETWORK, a national network of school districts that are committed to improving the use of research and product efficacy to drive school district excellence.
New Schools for PhoenixFellowshiphttp://newschoolsforphoenix.org/fellowship/Pheonix, AZFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesCover costs5 monthsBothRollingThe New Schools For Phoenix Fellowship is an intensive five-month experience designed to cultivate transformative leaders with the awareness, knowledge, and ability to lead highly-effective schools. Allowing for continuation of current work or study, the Fellowship uses evenings and weekends for Fellows to visit highly-effective schools nationally, dialogue with school leaders, build knowledge of excellent school design, and craft a vision for their own schools. Ideal candidates are current school leaders in the Phoenix urban core ready to take their school to the next level or innovative leaders who want to design a new model that will dramatically raise the bar for student achievement in a low-income, urban community. Upon completion of the Fellowship, leaders will advance to our School Incubator or Pathway to Excellence.
New Schools for PhoenixSchool Incubatorhttp://newschoolsforphoenix.org/school-incubator/Pheonix, AZAcceleratorYesYesYesYes$750,000.001 yearRollingTuition, workshop materials, and travel and lodging costs during excellent school tours will be paid for by New Schools For Phoenix. Upon completion of the Fellowship, leaders on track to found a new school can apply for up to $750,000 in grant funding through the Arizona Department of Education’s Charter Schools Program to pay for additional coaching and support.The School Incubator provides a collaborative cohort experience for exceptional education leaders to plan highly-effective schools that improve student achievement in a low-income community and maintain a high level of performance throughout their existence. The program is designed to provide direct guidance to a small cohort of development teams through a series of comprehensive trainings, individualized consulting, and guidance from school experts. The school development process is divided into four phases that build upon an initial vision setting experience and is followed by ongoing support for implementation (phase 5). Entry into the program is available once a year, with each new cohort selected through a rigorous selection process. Tuition, workshop materials, and travel and lodging costs during excellent school tours will be paid for by New Schools For Phoenix.
NYU EdTech AcceleratorStarted Acceleratorhttp://www.startedaccelerator.com/New York City, NYAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$170,000.003 monthsIn Person RollingGoes from October to December // Connection - Ash Kaluarachchi // Up to $170,000 in investment & Resources of New York University, Coaching, legal services, agile development expertise, sales consulting, business development and moreThe StartEd Accelerator works with innovative startups focused on technology solutions to improve education and learning -- across all stages from birth through lifelong learning. Each of the ten companies selected for the program will receive up to $170,000 in funding. Final decisions for the Fall 2016 are complete. /// The intensive three-month mentor-led Accelerator is housed at the NYU Edtech Incubator, a co-working space dedicated to education entrepreneurship on NYU’s campus in New York City. The Accelerator will run from October 5 to December 21, 2016. It provides mentorship, coaching, legal services, development expertise, sales consulting, and business development, among other resources. It is designed to help entrepreneurs secure their next round of financing, culminating in the innovation festival NY Edtech Week where companies will present to an unparalleled network of angel and venture capital education investors. - Up to $170,000 in investment - 3-months of mentor-driven acceleration in NYC - Unprecedented access to resources of New York University - Coaching, legal services, agile development expertise, sales consulting, business development and more - Access to an unparalleled network of angel and venture capital education investorsat NY Edtech Week 2016
Reach CapitalInvestmenthttp://reachcap.com/InvestmentYesYesYesVariesRollingSubmit idea here: https://reachcap.typeform.com/to/QYiKmbReach supports the most promising entrepreneurs developing technology solutions for challenges in early childhood, K-12 and higher education. We invest in early-stage tech tools, applications, content, and services to improve education opportunities for all children. The Fund also acts as a catalyst, inspiring and enabling traditional and non-traditional investors to provide capital to the fast-growing ed tech market.
Robin Hood VenturesInvestmenthttp://robinhood.wpengine.com/entrepreneurs/Philadelphia, PAInvestmentYesYesYesYesYesYes$250,000.0024 monthsIn PersonRollingPotential investment of $250,000 - $500,000WE LOOK FOR: Early-stage company with sustainable and scalable business model and potential for high return - Line of business that matches area of expertise of our members - Businesses that require $750,000 to $1.5 million to reach the “next level,” of which Robin Hood Ventures will invest $250,000 to $500,000 - Opportunity for a Robin Hood Board seat - Valuation in line with early-stage opportunities - Within a one-hour drive from Philadelphia - Proprietary technology or other proprietary position /// What do we offer? - Deal structuring - Board of Directors member - Legal support (offering documents, entity formation, etc.) - Accounting support (business planning, ongoing financial statements, preparation for offering, etc.) - Executive recruiting support
The Mind TrustEducation Entrepreneur Fellowshttp://www.themindtrust.org/growing-great-schools/education-entrepreneur-fellowship/eligibility-application/Indianapolis, INFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$220,000.0024 monthsIn PersonRolling$100,000 annual salary + $20,000 PD stipendSuccessful applications will identify and aim to solve a specific barrier to parent choice and student access in Indianapolis or will systemically improve the landscape for the autonomy of high-performing schools. The Mind Trust does not fund school-based programs, education technology, or curriculum..Thrival Academies
The Roddenberry FoundationCatalyst Fundhttp://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/the-catalyst-fund/VariesGrantYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $2,500-15,000RollingWe are interested in innovative ideas that make a difference. A cutting-edge product, an experimental program, a new service, an invention, or an original game are all in our wheelhouse. The idea has to improve on what’s already out there and it has to have the potential for tangible, measurable impact. Ideas that can be replicated, taken to scale, or leverage existing infrastructure are a good fit. We also favor ideas that inspire others, build on partnerships (public and private), and that are inclusive of those they are intended to benefit.
W.K. Kellogg FoundationGranthttps://wrm.wkkf.org/uWebRequestManager/UI/Application.aspx?tid=24bf1841-48f7-4971-b7a7-96bd78992f62&LanguageID=0GrantYesYesYesYesYesYesVariesRollingWKKF provides grant support in the United States, Haiti, Mexico, as well as to sovereign tribes. In the United States, we provide funding to all 50 states, and we have selected Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans as priorities for our place-based programming. In Mexico, our place-based programming focuses on the Highlands of Chiapas and the Yucatán Peninsula. In Haiti, we concentrate our programming in the Central and Southern corridors.
W.K. Kellogg Community Leadership Fellowship
Community Leadership Fellowship
https://www.wkkf.org/what-we-do/community-and-civic-engagement/wkkf-community-leadership-networkThe foundation is not currently accepting applications for Class Two and will announce that opportunity when it becomes available.
The fellowship supports both emerging and existing leaders and is helping form new, self-sustaining networks in the foundation’s four U.S. priority places – Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans. It also supports a national cohort of leaders focused on racial equity.
TechstarsProgram Acceleratorhttp://www.techstars.com/faq/GlobalAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$120,000.003 monthsIn Person VariesSee application page for specific accelerators by city and time /// A $100,000 convertible note is automatically offered to all Techstars companies upon acceptance.
$20,000 in exchange for 6% common stock
We fund technology oriented companies, typically web-based or other software companies, but we’ve funded companies that don’t quite fit that mold as well. We’re also looking for companies that can have national or worldwide reach. Specifically, we don’t fund biotechnology companies, restaurants, consultancies, or other local service oriented companies. /// A $100,000 convertible note is automatically offered to all Techstars companies upon acceptance. - $20,000 in exchange for 6% common stock, plus: - Access to Techstars resources for life - Acceleration in a 90-day Techstars program with intense, hands-on mentorship from Techstars Mentors - Connections to the Techstars Network of over 5,000 founders, alumni and mentors globally - 400 perks worth over $1M - Office space for three months - Demo Day and other investor connections - Equity Back Guarantee, the only one of its kind in the industry - Historically, Techstars companies go on to average more than $2M raised in outside capital after the program. We believe our stats speak for themselves.Branching Minds
Uncharted (previously Unreasonable Institute)Acceleratorhttps://uncharted.org/programAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesNone0.25 monthsIn PersonVariesCheck the accelerators page for locations + dates, ongoingAccelerators are bootcamps that equip the people best positioned to tackle an issue with the financial and human resources to make an impact. While no two accelerators are alike, most include 2-3 in-person bootcamps, spaced out over the course of 6-18 months, with ongoing remote support in between. During the in-person bootcamps, participants attend workshops from leading experts, engage with world-class mentors in one-on-one deep-dives, build relationships with funders and partners via pitch events and deep-dives, draft strategic plans, outreach campaigns, and financial models, and connect with a group of peers who are all united around tackling one problem. During the remote time in between bootcamps, participants check in regularly with mentors, receive in-house financial modeling help from the Uncharted team, and work towards hitting key metrics.Smart Coos
Village CapitalProgramshttp://vilcap.comVaries, globalAcceleratorYesYesYesMaybeYesVariesVariesVariesCheck the programs page + filters for Education and US Village Capital partners with organizations to provide funding for competitions, accelerators, and other programs. Enriched, EdModified
500 Startups500 Startups Acceleratorhttp://500.co/accelerator/Mountain View, CA
San Francisco, CA
Mexico City, Mexico
AcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$150,000.004 monthsIn personWe invest $150k in exchange for 6%. We charge a $37.5k fee for participation in the Accelerator Program.Community. Starting a company is solitary and challenging. Working with other people going through the same challenges makes a huge difference. Founders who’ve gone through our program tell us that the 500 community is extremely valuable. /// Advice. You’ll get access to a network of 1000+ founders, 200+ mentors, and our staff, who will give you guidance when you need it the most. We’ve built startups before. We’ll make sure you don’t make the same mistakes we did. /// Curriculum. 500 brings in a wide variety of experts focused on marketing, culture, startup accounting, product design, mobile, user testing, sales, and more. It’s like a Startup MBA on steroids. /// Hands-on Support. Startups live (some too literally) in our office for four months. We’ll work together on your business and product strategy, growth and metrics, and investor pitches. /// Connections. Thanks to our massive network, startups build relationships and partnerships that wouldn’t be possible at their size without 500. Need an intro to a customer? Early access to a new platform feature? API access blocked? Stuck at the border? We have connections. /// Money. Being a 500 Startups company will validate your business, and our network will help you connect with investors when the time is right. Our Demo Day is also a great opportunity to meet and pitch people who might give you $$$.Supergleu
AT&TAT&T Aspire Accelerator http://about.att.com/content/csr/home/possibilities/at-t-aspire/mobilizing-learning/accelerator.html#benefitsFlexibleAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$125,000.006 monthsVirtualGoes from May to November / $100,000 investment + $25,000 to cover costs associated with the programTechnology is changing the world – it is changing how we communicate, how we work, and how we play. It is also fundamentally changing how we learn. /// Mobile technology, applications, and services are empowering students to achieve, removing barriers to graduation, enabling teachers, and preparing today’s learners for the jobs of tomorrow. /// The Aspire Accelerator works with organizations that use technology to help students succeed, strengthen schools and communities, or prepare learners for employment. /// The Aspire Accelerator will connect you with the resources, services, expertise, and relationships they need to drive exponential change in how we learn.
BeeSpaceBeeSpace Incubatorhttps://beespace.org/New York City, NYIncubatorYesYesYesYesYesVaries24 monthsIn PersonIncubating "something new" for 2018Beespace offers a unique incubation experience of two full years, providing the security of time, seed money, and other supports that we believe encourage creative risk-taking and lead to lasting innovation. While at Beespace, incubees can expect: - A rent-free co-working space in New York City’s Chelsea district, lessening the isolation and pressure so common to startups - The outsourcing of back-end operations, allowing founders to focus on innovation, not administration - The security of patient capital: seed grants, technical assistance, and access to interested donors and an Innovation Fund - A phased curriculum that includes experiential learning, field trips, formal skills-building workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and hands-on executive coaching
Boom StartupEdTech Acceleratorhttp://boomstartup.com/accelerators-2/ed-tech/Salt Lake City, UTAcceleratorYesYesYesYes$100,000.003 months In PersonGoes from April to July / Those selected for participation will be provided (1) up to $20,000 in cash investment for 6% common stock, and (2) more than $100K of valuable in-kind services from our sponsors and partners.BoomStartup EdTech 2017 is a startup accelerator program, purpose built for education technology startups. BoomStartup makes performance-based milestone investments in education technology companies as they mature through our 5-level program, which is backed with analytics, metrics, milestones and aspiration that your startup is ready to take the next step. Companies can receive up-to $100K in seed funding by reaching the fifth level. BoomStartup receives 6-9% of equity across multiple investments based on achieving mutually agreed performance milestones. In addition, companies also receive over $750K of in-kind services, ranging from $100K in AWS, Azure or IBM hosting credits to banking, legal and financial services. // Throughout the accelerator, companies will distill and identify their core company purpose, develop and refine their MVP, obtain traction critically needed to raise capital, and perfect investor pitches. The program culminates in Demo Day, where startups have the opportunity to pitch private investors, angel groups, and venture capitalists. 72 percent of BoomStartup’s accelerator companies have received funding, raising between $500K – $1.5 million.
Center for Artistry and Scholarship
Creative Schools Fellowship
http://www.artistryandscholarship.org/Dorchester, MAIncubatorYesYesYesYesFirst cohort launched September 2017CAS supports, guides, and launches innovative schools with the goal to become models for others. After decades of providing these services in districts in Massachusetts, the CAS team came together to provide support and guidance to the leaders of the Conservatory Lab Charter School as they develop a national model of teaching and learning inspired by the orchestral practices of El Sistema and the project-based and service-learning approach of expeditionary learning (EL).

This support is offered on a case-by-case consulting basis, and can include: introductory session for administrators; initial training for teachers; residency sessions at Conservatory Lab Charter School; and on-site visits and coaching at your school.
Chicago Booth + Yale School of ManagementCompetitionhttp://yaleeducationconference.com/education-business-plan-competition/New Haven, CTCompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.001 day pitchIn PersonApplication released in JanuaryYou have an idea that will improve educational opportunities for students. You’ve started planning your venture but want advice from industry experts, entrepreneurs, and VCs. You want to practice your pitch and get feedback from potential financiers. Earn $10,000 to further refine your business plan and accelerate your venture.
Education Design Studio (EDSi) EDSi Experiencehttp://www.e-designstudio.com/experience/program/Philadelphia, PAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesNone6 monthsBothThe entry point to EDSi is the Milken-Penn Business Plan competition. EDSi participants come from the competition’s finalist and semifinalist pool. // 5 In Person weekends + virtual engagementsThe EDSi Experience focuses on three key elements: Learn, Design, Collaborate. Learn the skills you need to make your business successful. Design entrepreneurial solutions to the problems you are addressing. Collaborate with experts and education stakeholders in our innovation ecosystem in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
EDSi delivers its curriculum in a blended format of virtual weekly learning sessions and five in-person weekend intensives spread out over a six month period. This unique approach allows entrepreneurs the flexibility to be immersed in their work while engaging in entrepreneurial learning. The EDSi curriculum includes: 1) Penn’s resources to bridge academic research to practice. 2) Beta-Site testing with key partners. 3) Online learning with synchronous and asynchronous sessions with leading education entrepreneurship experts. 4) Guidance from business and edtech experts in the field. 5) World class mentors
Global Good FundFellowship Fundhttp://www.globalgoodfund.org/$10,000 for leadership development12 monthsBoth2018 cohort has been selectedThe Global Good Fund Fellowship is a 12-month program supporting the leadership development of young social entrepreneurs across the globe. The Global Good Fund develops these innovators by pairing them with executives who serve as Mentors, and by providing leadership assessment resources, a network of peers, sector expertise, and targeted financial capital.
Lambent FoundationGrantmakinghttp://lambentfoundation.org/grantmakingNew York City, NY
New Orleans, LA
Nairobi, Kenya
GrantYesYesYesYesYesYesVariesDue to our limited capacity Lambent contributes to pre-selected organizations only, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.Lambent Foundation awards grants to artist-centered organizations to promote sustainable artistic and cultural practices in New York City, New Orleans and Nairobi. Through our grantmaking, which is primarily general operating as well as project specific, we explore arts and culture at the intersection of social justice. We believe in supporting risk-taking, innovation and social-political strategies that confront our society. /// Due to our limited capacity Lambent contributes to pre-selected organizations only, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.
New Learning Venturesnewlearningventures.orgPhoenix, AZNetworkYesYesYesYes1) SCHOOLS - Promising school models that are more effectively educating both the skill and the character of the child, while displaying and being held accountable to sustainable financial disciplines. 2) PEOPLE - Developing and incentivizing talented, education leaders to further shape the learning of the next generation. 3) PARTNERSHIPS - Initiatives that support innovation within exisitng schools and beyond, helping to establish a broad ecosystem of learning opportunities.
New ProfitAccelerator Programhttp://www.newprofit.org/our-work/next-big-ideas/new-profit-accelerator-program/VariesAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$50,000.001 YearBest to look at their latest announcement http://www.newprofit.org/new-investment-accelerating-impact-visionary-women-entrepreneurs/. It's unclear when they'll run their next cohort since the first cohort was in 2014 and second cohort was in 2017 and had a different focus (female entrepreneurs).
Pahara Institute + Aspen Institute Pahara-Aspen Teacher Leadership Fellowshiphttp://pahara.org/our-work/aspen-teacher-leader-fellowship/program-details/FellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNone24 monthsBothBuilding on the model of the Aspen Institute’s renowned Henry Crown Fellowship Program, as well as the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows program, the pilot Pahara-Aspen Teacher Leader Fellows program convened participants in four seminars over the course of two years. /// These seminars featured thought-provoking reading and discussions about leadership, diversity, and important issues in public education and social change. In addition, Fellows designed and undertook projects aimed at strengthening the teaching profession and the capacity of educators to improve student achievement. /// When they completed the program, Fellows became part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, which now includes nearly 2,100 entrepreneurial leaders from 49 countries who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their extraordinary creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times.
Skoll FoundationSkoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurshttp://skoll.org/about/skoll-awards/CompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYes$1,250,000.0036 monthsThe Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select group of social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale. By investing in organizations when an innovation is ripe for accelerated and scaled adoption, the Skoll Awards help unleash the full global potential and reach of social entrepreneurs. /// Each Awardee receives a $1.25 million, three-year core support investment to scale their work and increase their impact. They also gain leverage through their long-term participation in a global community of visionary leaders and innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. /// We select Awardees that focus on one or more of the following issues: Environmental Sustainability, Education, Economic Opportunity, Health, Peace and Human Rights, and Sustainable Markets. /// **The Skoll Foundation employs a multi-year sourcing process for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Our goal is to save organizations valuable time and effort, while identifying the most highly-aligned social entrepreneurs. To that end, we only accept referrals and nominations solicited from our network of partners and must reject all unsolicited nominations and referrals.
Starting BlocFellowshiphttp://startingbloc.org/meet-the-institute/VariesFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNone 0.25 monthsIn Person Costs approximately $2k to attend / application cycle varies - Approximately 3 months before each institute, so dates depend on regional offerings Stretch your limits, learn proven frameworks to create change, and connect with leaders building a future that works for everyone. StartingBloc brings together change leaders and social innovators from across the world for 5 days of workshops that hone your leadership skills and view your work from different perspectives. Most importantly, you will join a community of passionate leaders who have each others’ backs. Our Fellows consistently connect each other to opportunities, jobs, and mentors, they team up on projects, and they hold each other accountable. /// Learning - Over the 5 days you will learn proven frameworks from renowned change leaders. Modules include transformative action, paradox management and rapid prototyping. StartingBloc Institutes integrate both hard and soft skills to enhance your knowledge base and offer a holistic approach to leadership. Connection - Each Institute welcomes 70-100 new Fellows. These Fellows are your ‘cohort’ and each person offers unique experience and perspective. Many Fellows have gone on to create companies together, provide accountability and help each other find meaningful work. Growth - The Institute is just the beginning. Over the course of 5-days you will learn skills and make connections that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Your cohort and the StartingBloc Fellowship as a whole are there to help you succeed. Upon completion of the Institute, you will gain thousands of allies across hundreds of sectors.College Beyond
The Roddenberry FoundationRoddenberry Prizehttps://roddenberryprize.org/VariesCompetitionYesYesYesYes$150,000 for 4 innovation awards; $400,000 for grad prize2017 application not releasedSubmit your bold solution that delivers on the promise of innovation, captures the spirit of discovery and embraces the power of diversity to benefit all humanity. The best five ideas for a boldly better future—whether rooted in art, science, technology or another domain of human ingenuity—will win a total prize of $1 million to implement their world-changing solution.
XQ InstituteSuper School Projecthttps://xqsuperschool.orgVariesCompetitionYesYesYesVaries24 monthsBothClosed for 2016, TBD if there will be a next competitionTo make sure every school design team had access to the knowledge they would need, XQ curated hundreds of the best resources on topics from brain science to student voice to school finance and made them all available on our website. We created a three-phase design process that turned ordinary school development on its head. We invited teams to begin by understanding their students and the world they will enter after high school. Their next step was to dream big and sketch out ambitious designs. Only then did we ask them to dig into the logistical challenges of opening a new or redesigned school. /// We assembled a panel of judges to help us review the proposals as they arrived. Judges were held to the same level of rigorous standards to which we held the teams and were provided with detailed qualitative and quantitative rubrics to guide their work. Each of the 700 proposals got a thorough, careful, fair-minded review by a judging team that included many of the nation’s leading experts in education, youth development, innovation, and design.
High Tech High Graduate School of Education
New School Creation Fellowship
https://hthgse.edu/programs/new-school-creation-fellowship/San Diego, CAFellowshipYesYesYesYes$10,000.001 yearIn PersonEmbedded residency at one of 13 High Tech High schools
High Tech High Graduate School of Education - HYBRID
New School Creation Fellowship
https://hthgse.edu/programs/new-school-creation-fellowship/San Diego, CAFellowshipYesYesYesYes$10,000.002 yearsBoth
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