Our mission is to transform public education through powerful ideas and passionate entrepreneurs so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed.
As a national nonprofit, we raise charitable funds from donors and invest them to support education entrepreneurs. We select investment areas where innovation funding is needed to support new ideas that have the potential for positive impact.
NewSchools investment teams use many of the same investment practices as venture capital firms: we cultivate pipelines of entrepreneurs, rigorously screen them, and invest in those with the greatest potential to improve student learning. We support our ventures with customized guidance and resources to help them succeed. Since we are a nonprofit organization, the returns we seek are educational and social, not financial.
An emerging wave of entrepreneurs is working on the challenge of building better models that prepare young people for today’s world and inspire them to create the future. Our investment strategy is designed to find, fund, and support them so that this happens faster and with better outcomes.
Summit is an annual invitation-only gathering for over 1,000 education innovation thought leaders who bring important and diverse perspectives in PreK-12 education. Summit 2016 takes place May 10-11 at the Hyatt Regency SFO.
We are passionate about helping all students get the preparation and support they need to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans.
The NewSchools team draws on extensive experience from across the education, business, policy and nonprofit sectors to help find, fund and support education entrepreneurs.
We were founded in 1998 on the belief that entrepreneurs can create new solutions with the potential to transform public education for millions of students. We have invested more than $250 million in 150 education ventures, supported nearly 450 new schools that serve over 171,000 students, and backed more than 40 ed tech companies that reach 60 million students.
As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we report our financials publicly every year.