Welcome, Entrepreneur! We’re so glad you made it to our ideas page. We spend most of our days thinking about how we can make K-12 education better for all students, and we can’t wait to hear your vision for the future.

NewSchools has several funds which support specific sectors of education innovation and also considers new ideas on a rolling basis. Please submit your idea to the fund that best aligns with your goals as an organization.


National Innovation Funds

The Seed Fund [examples, submit] supports the next generation of education technology tools to transform how kids learn.

The Learning to Teach Fund [examples, submit] supports teacher training organizations.


City Funds

The Boston Fund [examples, submit] works to ensure the successful expansion of high-performing charter schools in order to increase the number of students they can serve.

The DC Schools Fund II [examples, submit] aims to double the capacity of quality charter seats in DC and catalyze a shift in the market towards 50% quality charter seats.

The Oakland City Fund [examples, submit] seeks to double the number of high quality seats in the city by leveraging the power of community engagement and entrepreneurship to ensure all students in the city have access to excellent public schools.

Don’t fit into any of those categories? We still want to hear from you! If you fit our other investment criteria below, please submit your idea here.

We hope you take a moment to review our investment opportunities and strategies to find out which avenue is best for your organization. Please use the appropriate submit links above to provide more information to the corresponding fund within NewSchools.

Timing

For the National Innovation Funds and the City Funds, your submission will be directed to the respective fund itself. You should expect to hear back if you are aligned with the strategy and a fit for consideration within two weeks. For uncategorized submissions, we review companies on a rolling quarterly basis. You should expect to hear back in no more than three months.

Eligibility Criteria

We consider funding both nonprofit and for-profit organization. To be eligible for consideration (across all funds), an organization must:

  • Present an opportunity to produce significant, measurable outcomes for K-12 public education in the United States
  • Have a sustainable, repeatable, scalable and business model with ability to impact a growing percentage of students over time
  • Be led by passionate entrepreneurs who have expertise in education and business management and the wherewithal to execute the organization’s vision
  • Clearly benefit from NewSchools’ participation