Accelerating innovation in PreK-12 ed tech market gaps.
NewSchools Ignite supports entrepreneurs working to address the most pressing gaps in PreK-12 education technology. To catalyze product growth in areas important to teachers and students where innovation is lagging, we run national challenges that mobilize entrepreneurs to bring their best ideas forward. We make grants to the most promising teams (for-profit and nonprofit) to advance their product roadmaps and test their solutions with teachers and students. We also provide grant recipients with targeted support and feedback from researchers, educators, investors and other experts.
Since Summer 2015, we have launched seven challenges:
Through this work, we seek to cultivate high-impact, sustainable and scalable innovations that will improve academic and social outcomes for millions of children. Over time, we hope to help all stakeholders better understand what it takes to develop high quality digital tools that benefit students and teachers across the United States.
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NewSchools Ignite is an initiative of NewSchools Venture Fund, a philanthropic investor headquartered in Oakland, California. Since 1998, NewSchools has financed and supported more than 100 innovative education entrepreneurs, and built a track record of bringing together diverse communities to share ideas and knowledge aimed at improving public education. NewSchools Ignite grantees must be working on projects that are aligned with NewSchools’ charitable purpose of transforming public education so that all children – especially those in underserved communities – have the opportunity to succeed.