NewSchools Venture Fund
is a national nonprofit venture philanthropy working to reimagine public education

Investing in Education Entrepreneurs

We raise contributions from donors and use them to find, fund and support teams of educators and entrepreneurs who are reimagining learning so all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed.

Now Accepting Applications for Our Ed Tech Challenge!

Up to $1.5 million in Funding is Available

Ed Tech: Ed tech entrepreneurs working on tools to boost academic outcomes through social-emotional learning and culture/climate can apply here by March 12, 2019. Cohort begins in Spring 2019. Investments range from $50,000 – $150,000 and includes management assistance and participation in a learning cohort.

Insight Brief: What We're Learning from Schools

Embracing and Measuring an Expanded Definition of  Student Success

Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, NewSchools launched a multi-year effort to generate, analyze and share data and insights from schools in our portfolio. These schools are embracing an expanded definition of student success, and we are excited to share what we learned during the first year in our Insight Brief >>


Still Dissatisfied, More Optimistic, Fully Committed

NewSchools, Summit Learning and Transcend co-authored a paper to share what makes us more optimistic and offer a set of observations and lessons about how to support communities everywhere in their quests to build the kinds of schools that prepare students to create and live fulfilling lives.  Read on>>

Reimagining Learning: A Big Bet on the Future of American Education

What if everyone acted on a shared vision to create more innovative school models?  “Reimagining Learning” describes work already underway by practitioners, partners and friends, and lays out a bold plan for the future.  Together, we can accelerate the momentum to create innovative schools that prepare every student to achieve their greatest aspirations.

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Celebrating 20 Years of NewSchools

Investment Areas

Our investment strategy is designed to accelerate the pace and quality of education innovation so that more schools prepare our students for academic, career and life success.

Our Impact Since 1998

Since our founding, we have invested nearly $260 million in 200 education ventures. Our investments were instrumental in the creation of nearly 470 new schools with the potential to serve more than 200,000 students, and the development of ed tech products that serve more than 60 million students and their teachers.