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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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Know an opportunity that's not on the list and should be? Email raphael@4pt0.org
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BASIC INFOTYPE OF VENTUREWHAT YOU GET OPPORTUNITY DETAILS
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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
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4.0 SchoolsTiny Fellowshiphttp://4pt0.org/tinyNew Orleans, LAFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$10,000.003 monthsBoth8/31/2015Goes from October to December
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Camelback VenturesCamelback Fellows Program http://www.camelbackventures.org/fellows_programNew Orleans, LAFellowshipYesYesYesYesYesYesYes$45,000.007 monthsBoth$5,000 matching grant and opportunities for up to $40,000 in additional investmentCamelback Venture’s Fellows Program offers seed-funding and support to new leaders with promising ideas, and empowers them to enact change within their communities. This year we anticipate that about 10% of applicants will ultimately be awarded a Fellowship. /// During the seven-month program, Fellows receive a $5,000 matching grant and the opportunity for up to $40,000 in additional investment (capital). Fellows receive 1:1 strategy coaching and participate in leadership development sessions developed in partnership with City Year (coaching). Fellows also engage in a summit series and other network opportunities to deepen their relationships with tech talent, investors and other partners (connections). /// We believe that social ventures founded by local entrepreneurs based in their community are more likely to create lasting impact within their community. Therefore, we prioritize local entrepreneurs, or individuals who are focused on creating educational and economic opportunities within their own cities, neighborhoods, schools and communities. Because our target communities are primarily communities of color, many of our ventures are founded by entrepreneurs of color.Rooted, Noble Minds, Knowledge House, Supergleu, New York on Tech, Smart Coos
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Drexel FundSchool + Network Grant Fundinghttp://drexelfund.org/what-we-do/Evanston, ILGrantYesYesYesVaries24 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.
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Educate 78School Design Labhttp://educate78.org/schooldesignlab/Oakland, CAFellowshipYesYesYesYes24 monthsIn Person9/31/16Local 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
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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.
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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.
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New Schools Venture FundNew Schools Invent http://www.newschools.org/invent/Washington, DCFellowshipYesYesYesYesYes$100,000.0012 monthsBoth1/15/17Planning 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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