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.

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.

The Innovative Schools portfolio aims to create 100,000 seats through the launch of new schools and the redesign of existing ones.

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.


If you are interested in learning more about opportunities through the Innovative Schools portfolio and individual City Funds, please visit the corresponding page and follow the directions; each investment strategy has a unique application process. You should expect to hear back in no more than three weeks.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for consideration for a NewSchools investment, an organization must:

  • Fit with NewSchools’ mission and investment strategy
  • Present an opportunity to produce significant, measurable outcomes for K-12 public education in the United States
  • 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

We generally consider funding both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Other investment criteria may apply, depending on the specific investment strategy or grant challenge.