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Last Update = January 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
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.
4.0 SchoolsTiny Fellowshiphttp://4pt0.org/tinyNew Orleans, LAFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.003 monthsBoth10/8/2017Goes from October to December
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
Alt SchoolsAlt Openhttp://open.alt.school/Bay Area, CA
New York City, NY
Chicago, IL
FellowshipYesYesIn personRollingCompleting online questionnaire starts the application processFor the past three years, AltSchool has been building a technology-enabled network to empower and connect families, students, and teachers. We started by opening our first school back in fall 2013 and, since that time, we have expanded to eight schools. In partnership with our educators, our technology and design teams have created a platform to personalize learning and streamline school operations. /// AltSchool currently runs a network of tuition-funded Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade schools throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, New York, and soon Chicago. Our schools range in size from 35 to 120 students and offer mixed-aged learning environments where technology helps educators create personalized, project-based learning experiences focused on developing the whole child. //// The goal of opening up the AltSchool ecosystem, by offering our software and services to other schools, is to enable change and to positively impact more students, more quickly. Our initial focus will be in the US and we invite you to share how our schools can work together. We are eager to talk with existing schools and with people who are opening new schools. After you complete the questionnaire, we will reach out with next steps.
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.
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.
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
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.
Camelback VenturesCamelback Fellows Program http://www.camelbackventures.orgNew Orleans, LAFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$40,000.006 monthsBothWe 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 NYC
The 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, Rooted School
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 NYC
The 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.
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.
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.
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
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
GSV LabsPioneer Acceleratorhttp://gsvlabs.com/pioneer-accelerator/Silicon Valley, CAAcceleratorYesYesYesYes$250,000.003 monthsBoth$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 2017Google Launchpad + GSV co-designed to attain one goal: meaningfully acclerate readiness and growth of the world's most impactful startups. 12 week Accelerator includes Google Bootcamp on product development, Strategy Seminars, Skill Workshops, Investor Intros, Mentorship + Progress Tracking, Knowledge Database. Culminates at Demo Day to 100+ angel investors and VCs. Vidcode
ImpactLabIntrapreneur Fellowshipimpactlab.usFellowshipYesYesYesAt ImpactLab we believe the deepest insights into problems and possibilities come from practitioners. In K12 education that means teachers. These same teachers, however, aren’t always viewed and supported as creative problem solvers. Their insights - some of the best ideas in education - are simply left at the table to gather dust. We're changing that. /// ImpactLab's Intrapreneur Fellowship embraces visionary educators and builds their capacity to turn insights into solutions. In a year-long model, Intrapreneur provides coaching, expert mentoring, peer sharing and a variety of learning frameworks that cultivate a can-do mindset while imparting practical how-to skills associated with entrepreneurship. /// Intrapreneur is a solution for schools and districts looking to build a culture of innovation and a locally-designed school program, to support teacher growth and retention and to attract creative, innovative teachers to their team.
ImpactLabEnterprise Fellowship impactlab.usFellowshipYesYesYesYesFollowing the mantra, "Think Big, Build Small," Enterprise supports early-stage education entrepreneurs through an individualized three-month program where they are both nurtured and pushed. Enterprise fellows receive extensive coaching and gain access to a network of mentors and downstream opportunities.
Intel Intel EdTech Acceleratorhttp://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/accelerator/education-accelerator-home.htmlSilicon Valley, CAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.004 monthsIn Person2/28/2017Application date is early 2017 for fall 2017 cohortThe 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.
J.M. Kaplan FundJ.M.K. Innovation Prizehttp://www.jmkfund.org/overview/New York City, NYCompetitionYesYes$175,000.0036 months4/30/2015$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.
Jefferson Education AcceleratorJefferson Education Acceleratorhttp://www.jeauva.com/offeringsRichmond, VAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$2,000,000.00Connection - Bart Epstein (bart@jeauva.com) (Fu met in Sep 2016 at EdClusters convening in Providence) // Providing up to $2,000,000 in financing through our Venture Fund and through co-investment with leading investors.The 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.
Lambent FoundationGrantmakinghttp://lambentfoundation.org/grantmakingNew York City, NY
New Orleans, LA
Nairobi, Kenya
GrantYesYesVariesDue 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.
LearnLaunchBoost Acceleratorhttp://learnlaunch.com/x/Boston, MAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$70,000.003 monthsIn Person11/6/2016Up 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.
LearnLaunchBreakthrough Acceleratorhttp://learnlaunch.com/x/Boston, MAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$120,000.001 monthIn Person9/15/2016Up 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.
National Arts StrategiesCreative Community Fellowshiphttp://www.artstrategies.org/programs/creative-community-fellows/FellowshipYesYesYesCover 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.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.
New Learning Venturesnewlearningventures.orgPhoenix, AZFellowshipYesYes1) 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 Schools for PhoenixFellowshiphttp://newschoolsforphoenix.org/fellowship/Pheonix, AZFellowshipYesYesYesYesCover costs5 monthsBothTuition, 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 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, AZAcceleratorYesYesYes1 yearThe 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.
New Schools Venture FundNew Schools Invent http://www.newschools.org/invent/Washington, DCFellowshipYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.0012 monthsBoth1/15/2017Planning 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 funding and support for teams of educators with ambitious plans to open innovative new public schools. These schools will reimagine the learning experience for students, particularly those who have been traditionally underserved. Invent is a major part of NewSchools’ Innovative Schools portfolio, which seeks to catalyze design innovation in school districts and charter organizations. /// NewSchools Invent is designed for teams of educators who are committed to launching an innovative school and would benefit from additional support. Our goal is to accelerate a team’s progress toward a successful launch by providing assistance in three key areas: 1) Financial Support: Planning 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. 2) Community of Practice: Participating in an active community of practice to build relationships with and learn from peer organizations from across the country.3) Management Assistance: Direct support from our team, and connections to external experts. /// For Fall 2016, our primary focus is on new schools that will open in Fall 2018. However, we will also consider schools opening before or after that date.
Open Society FoundationOpen Society Fellowshiphttp://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/open-society-fellowshipWashington, DCFellowshipYesYes$80,000.00Varies3/1/2017$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.
Opportunity 180Grantmakinghttp://opportunity180.org/grant-information/Las Vegas, NVGrantYesYesVaries12 monthsIn Person3/1/2016Planning 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.
Pahara Institute + Aspen Institute Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowshiphttp://pahara.org/our-work/pahara-aspen-education-fellowship/program-details/FellowshipYesYesYesYesNone24 monthsBoth5/11/2015The 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.
Pahara Institute + Aspen Institute Pahara-Aspen Teacher Leadership Fellowshiphttp://pahara.org/our-work/aspen-teacher-leader-fellowship/program-details/FellowshipYesYesNone24 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.
Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition - Venture Pathhttp://www.educationcompetition.org/competitionPhiladelphia, PACompetitionYesYesYes$40,000.00In Person2/23/2016May 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
Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition - Idea Pathhttp://www.educationcompetition.org/competitionPhiladelphia, PACompetitionYesYesYes$10,000.00In Person2/23/2016May 10-11 in person for pitch and conferenceMilken Family Foundation Grand Prize: $10,000 / Four additional Idea Prizes: $2,000 each / Voter's Choice Prize: $1,000 / Consideration for the EDSi Fellows Program
Project RennaisanceGrantmakinghttp://projectrenaissancenashville.org/our-work/great-schools/Nashville, TNGrantYesYesYesYes$500,000.00In 2015, awards ranged up to $500,000Our 5 year goal is to ensure an additional 15,000 students are enrolled in high-quality public schools. Meeting that goal includes investing in public elementary, middle and high schools operating in the city of Nashville. Project Renaissance will invest in all types of public school operators, including public charter schools and schools managed directly by Metro Nashville Public Schools, and will make three types of investments. 1) Incubation & Startup - We’ll support new schools that incorporate innovative models such as blended or personalized learning, Montessori, or a focus on special populations (Special Education, English language learners). 2) Grow & Replicate - We’ll grow and replicate the best schools in Nashville (charter and district) so that they can serve more students. 3) Turnaround - To improve our most challenging public schools, we will support talented teams who have had successful experiences turning around and operating urban schools.
Propeller: A Force for Social InnovationStartup Acceleratorhttp://gopropeller.org/accelerator/#growthNew Orleans, LAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNone4 monthsIn Person7/8/2016In fall of 2016, Propeller is thrilled to offer four concurrent Startup Accelerator programs focused on Water, Food Access, Health, and Educational Equity. 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.
Propeller: A Force for Social InnovationGrowth Acceleratorhttp://gopropeller.org/accelerator/#growthNew Orleans, LAAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$25,000.004 monthsIn Person1/1/2016
In 2015, two $25,000 investments
Beyond the startup phase and looking to grow? Stay tuned for open applications for Propeller’s Growth Accelerator. In spring 2017, this three-month long program will help grow established and startup ventures with solutions to food, water, health, and education. During the program, participating ventures will be working towards scaling their impact, raising external investment (debt/equity), and increasing revenues, customers, and contracts. /// This program is tailored to meet the needs of each of its participants. Based on your specific goals and priorities, Propeller’s seasoned Executive Mentors will work with you one-on-one to assist in the development and implementation of ambitious goals for the three-month program. Our goal is to accelerate your venture’s growth by connecting you with strategy experts, subject experts, high-level networks, investors and funders, and a like-minded community of successful entrepreneurs.
Robin Hood Ventureshttp://robinhood.wpengine.com/entrepreneurs/Philadelphia, PAInvestmentYesYesYesYesYes$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
Skoll FoundationSkoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurshttp://www.skollfoundation.org/approach/investment-strategy/

CompetitionYesYesYesYesYes$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.
Start.coSeed Hatchery Acceleratorhttp://neverstop.co/seedhatchery/Memphis, TNAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$25,000.003 months3/1/2017Connection - 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, TNAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesNone3 months3/1/2017Programming - 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 months3/1/2017Upstart 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. /// Programming - Upstart is like a startup MBA on steroids. We focus on the unique needs of women-led tech startups and invest in teams that have at least one female founder on the executive team. Our curriculum covers customer discovery, product development, user testing, marketing, financial modeling, pitching, and more. Additional emphasis is placed on personal and professional development for women founders. / Funding - With a network of VCs and angels, your $25,000 in seed-funding is only the beginning. Our validation fund, angel network and other investment partners have a special interest in supporting gender diverse startups. / Customer Access - With the unique partnerships available to you through Start Co., you will get access to a network of business leaders ranging from mid-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies. We will host meet and greet events, and work to introduce you to a variety of 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, 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.
NYU EdTech AcceleratorStarted Acceleratorhttps://www.f6s.com/nyuedtechacceleratorbystarted2016
New York City, NYAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYes$170,000.003 monthsIn Person Fall 2016Goes 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
Starting BlocFellowshiphttp://startingbloc.org/meet-the-institute/VariesFellowshipYesYesNone 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.
TechstarsStartup Nexthttp://www.techstars.com/startup-next/VariesAcceleratorYesYesYesYesVariesIn Person VariesStartup Next, a Techstars program, is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world We prepare startups for accelerators and seed investment, by providing high quality mentorship and leveraging our global network of investors, mentors and founders. /// Mentorship - Our top notch mentors will help you accelerate your business and help you nail your pitch to be ready for investors. /// Investor Introductions - We’ll leverage our global network of accelerator and investor partners to make introductions and referrals for you after the program. /// Network - You’ll become part of the world’s largest network of investors, mentors and founders.
TechstarsProgram Acceleratorhttp://www.techstars.com/faq/GlobalAcceleratorYesYesYesYes$120,000.003 monthsIn Person Varies
See 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
TFA NationalSocial Innovation Awardhttps://www.teachforamerica.org/alumni/awards-fellowships-programs/social-innovation-awardNew York City, NYCompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.0012 monthsBoth12/1/2016App goes live 11/1/16The 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.

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The Mind TrustEducation Entrepreneur Fellowshttp://www.themindtrust.org/growing-great-schools/education-entrepreneur-fellowship/eligibility-application/Indianapolis, INFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYes$220,000.0024 monthsRolling$100,000 annual salary + $20,000 PD stipendThe Education Entrepreneur Fellowship was created in 2007 as the first of The Mind Trust’s education incubators to recruit talented innovators to launch transformative non-profits and schools in Indianapolis. These initiatives have been critical to the development of Indy’s landscape and allow The Mind Trust to now foster initiatives with the potential to systemically impact the Indianapolis education ecosystem. - Successful 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
University of MichiganSocial Venture Fundhttp://www.umsocialventure.com/for-entrepreneurs/Ann Arbor, MIInvestmentYesYesYesYesSVF 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.
Unreasonable InstituteAcceleratorhttp://unreasonableinstitute.org/Varies, globalAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesNone0.25 monthsIn PersonVariesCheck the accelerators page for locations + dates, ongoingOur programs focus on geographic regions or verticals and allow us to swarm resources around our ventures.
Village CapitalProgramshttp://vilcap.comVaries, globalAcceleratorYesYesMaybeYesVariesVariesVariesCheck the programs page + filters for Education and US Village Capital partners with organizations to provide funding for competitions, accelerators, and other programs. Enriched
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.
Y CombinatorAcceleratorhttps://www.ycombinator.com/about/Silicon Valley, CAAcceleratorYesYesYesYes$120,000.003 monthsIn Person2 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)
Chicago Booth + Yale School of ManagementCompetitionhttp://yaleeducationconference.com/education-business-plan-competition/CompetitionYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.001/29/2016You 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.
Players Capital GroupNon-Profit Incubatorhttp://www.playerscapital.net/our-non-profit-incubator/AcceleratorYesLeaf Capital is a wholly owned subsidiary of Players Capital Group, with the mission of providing early-stage non-profit groups with funding, information technology and organizational help. Business incubator services have existed for a long time, for the general purpose of helping start-up ventures gain traction in the marketplace by helping them reduce overhead by providing low cost office space, communication services and branding expertise. Generally an incubator does not serve just any business but rather ones in a selected sub-niche such of the technology space such as nanotech or life sciences.
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.
Halycon IncubatorHalycon Incubatorhttp://halcyonincubator.org/how-it-worksWashington, DCAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.007 monthsIn Person10/11/2016$10,000 stipend, 5 months housing, 18 months office space5 month residency focused on venture development
BeeSpaceBeeSpace Incubatorhttps://beespace.org/New York City, NYFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesVaries24 monthsIn PersonBeespace 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
Sustainable StartupsLean Startup Incubatorhttp://www.sustainablestartups.org/lean-startup-incubatorSalt Lake City, UTAcceleratorYesYesYesYesYesYesNone3 monthsIn personsee website for next cohort dates12 week cohort style program. / Peer and Professional Mentorship / Lean Startup Training / Learn tools and processes to increase your entrepreneurial efficiency, effectiveness and accountability. / Incorporate triple bottom-line values into your business model, and build something that has real, lasting impact.
HeroXForbes 30 Under 30 Change The World Competitionhttps://herox.com/Under30 // https://herox.com/explore/education?sort=newest$100,000.00Unclear if this is annual, awards have ranged from $100,000 to $1,000,000 in the pastThe Forbes Under 30 $1 Million Change the World Competition is the largest ever for young social entrepreneurs. Six finalists, selected from the complete pool of competitors, will receive a cash award of $100,000 USD. They will then compete on-stage at the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia on October 6, 2015 in front of 2,000 world-class mentors and the best young entrepreneurs and game-changers in the world, as culled from the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists. The overall winner will receive at least $400,000 USD in additional cash and in-kind support, bringing their award total to at least $500,000 USD, and the overall award total to $1,000,000 USD. The competition calls on social entrepreneurs with disruptive and scalable ideas with the potential to change the world. It is open to both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises. This is not a business plan competition – organizations or companies must already be in operation and the prize money should be utilized to accelerate the most promising ideas.Honor Code
SXSWeduLaunch Competitionhttp://www.sxswedu.com/launchAustin, TXCompetitionYesYesSXSWedu Launch showcases innovations in education with a fast-paced, live startup competition. The sixth annual launch competition will take place at SXSWedu, March 6-9, 2017 in Austin, Texas. Early-stage companies seeking feedback, investment, strategic partnerships and exposure are invited to apply online for consideration in the 2017 competition.
Forbes FundUpPrize Social Innovation Challengehttps://forbesfunds.org/upprizePittsburg, PACompetitionYesYesYes$300,000.0011/30/2016Awards will include $10,000 grants for finalists, and an additional $300,000 in grants and $300,000 in investments. The UpPrize process is designed to engage the creative thinking of regional innovators to solve some of our community’s most pressing problems. As in-depth research process produced the areas in which innovation is most heavily needed and a multi-stage competition enables the existing innovation ecosystem to develop the best possible solutions.
Global Edtech Startup Awards
Global Edtech Startup Awardshttp://www.globaledtechawards.org/VariesCompetitionYesYes$30,000.008/31/2016The product or service will be judged according to the following criteria: (1) Answers an actual pain (2) Has an innovative pedagogical aspect (3) Has an outstanding user experience (4) Has a growth potential (5) Has a sustainable business model /// Prizes: 1st place - Up to 30,000$ / 1st-3rd places - Access to EdTech incubators and accelerators in Tel Aviv, New York, London, Barcelona and Bogotá – including office space and facilities, networking, mentoring and guidance.
Idea VillageAccelerator http://ideavillage.org/pages/detail/126/for-entrepreneursNew OrleansAcceleratorsYesYesYesYesIn Person8/27/2016The IDEAx and DIGITALMEDIAx programs culminate in a Demo Day in December, where members of The Idea Village’s network—including investors, media, alumni, sponsors, and partner organizations—will be present. The DIGITALMEDIAx presentations will have a winner who receives a prize of $1,000 in cash, free office space in NOLA Media Group's One Canal Place newsroom from January-March 2017, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity networking roadshow in New York City, sponsored by Advance Local. The ENERGYx program culminates in a private presentation to a group of oil and gas industry executives. Select ENERGYx participants will have the change to be featured at the Energy Innovation Summit during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, which offers a prize of $50,000 to one winner. Select participants from all three programs will have the opportunity to participate in The Idea Village’s CAPITALx spring accelerator program.EnRiched, Welcome to College, Culture Connect, Gigsy, mSchool, Whetstone
Institute of Education Sciences
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
http://ies.ed.gov/sbir/Washington, DCGrantYesYesYesBest 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.asp
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).
Wharton Social Impact Initiative
MBA Impact Investing Network & Training (MIINT)
http://www.themiint.org/VariesInvestmentYesYesYesYes$50,000.00December -ishBest to take a look at how it works. The program is technically for schools, but there is a competition that occurs where MBA candidates selects organizations to pitch for the 50k awards. http://www.themiint.org/how-miint-works
Grinnell College
Grinnell College Innovator for Social Justice Prize
https://www.grinnell.edu/grinnellprizeVariesCompetitionYesYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.00Early OctoberNeed 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.
The Roddenberry FoundationCatalyst Fundhttp://www.roddenberryfoundation.org/the-catalyst-fund/#introVariesGrantYes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes $2,500-15,000RollingAt a time in which a billion children live in poverty, 1 in 10 of us don’t have access to clean water, and 1 million species face extinction we are in dire need of new and better ways to support individuals who are taking the initiative to make a difference.

We created the Catalyst Fund because we believe that philanthropists, and foundations in particular, need to take more risks. As a field we need to do more to encourage experimentation, creativity, and innovation from each other and from those organizations and individuals we support. The Catalyst Fund is one of several new TRF initiatives designed to make riskier bets in early-stage ideas that have great potential. In doing so, we hope to hold ourselves more accountable while leveling the playing field in terms of who, how, and where the next game- changing ideas comes from.
The Roddenberry FoundationRoddenberry Prizehttps://roddenberryprize.org/VariesCompetition$1,000,000 shared between 5 winners11/16/2017Submit 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.
The Roddenberry Foundation
Roddenberry Innovation Fellowship
http://www.roddenberryfoundation.org/the-roddenberry-innovation-fellowship/TBDFellowshipHasn't been released yetThe 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.
J.M. Kaplan Fund
http://www.jmkfund.org/overview/VariesCompetitionYesYes$50,000/year x 3 yrs + $25,000 bank of funds for technical support or program expenses1/15/2015 - 4/30/2015They haven't run the competition in two years.Specifically, the Prize seeks to support inter-disciplinary innovation in the fields of cultural heritage, human rights, the built environment, and the natural environment.
The Rockefeller Foundation and Unreasonable InstituteFuture Cities Acceleratorhttp://futurecitiesaccelerator.org/YesYesYes$100,000.00
Eileen Fischer
Eileen Fischer Women Owned Business Grants
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