Tuesday, January 11, 2011

EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab : Apps due Jan 17

photo: art by Hawaii-born, San Francisco-based Estria

Love it! Grabbed the below info in bits and pieces from different web sources.

Teach For America and NewSchools Venture Fund are excited to launch the EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab.

The EdTech Entrepreneurs Lab is a program designed to seed innovative ideas among young professional leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs with a passion for education, including Teach For America corps members and alumni. Participants will design and launch truly innovative ventures that help close the achievement gap at a systemic level, with a particular emphasis on the power of technology to fuel solutions.

Participants will have access to top resources in the education and technology fields – including workshops designed by the Stanford Institute of Design’s K12 Lab – as they develop game-changing, technology-based solutions that target educational inequity.

The Lab program consists of two phases. Phase 1 (February-May 2011) will focus on idea generation and the d.school’s user-centered design process. During this phase, participants will attend four full-day workshops in addition to take-home assignments and informal evening networking opportunities. In Phase 2 (June-August 2011) the program will offer structured as well as informal opportunities to access additional support and resources as participants develop a business plan and launch their product/service.

Apps are due Mon Jan 17.

Get your questions answered at the info session:
Thurs Jan 13
NewSchools Venture Fund office
49 Stevenson, Suite 575, San Francisco, CA
RSVP here.

Candidate Profile:
We are looking for participants who are driven to ending educational inequity in America, have a strong track record of results, and demonstrate creativity and the desire to build innovative solutions and organizations.

All sessions will take place during weekends and evenings, so that participation can be complementary with a full-time job. Participants must be based in the Bay Area.

You may not yet have a specific idea or venture when you join the program but you must have evidence of entrepreneurial interest and ultimately be ready to launch a bold, new organization. While we encourage participants with technical backgrounds to participate, you do not need to have technology skills to be selected into the pilot; however you must have an interest in exploring the power of technology to fuel solutions to educational equity.

Participants must be able to commit a substantial amount of time to this program, including attending all weekend workshops, completing additional assignments, and be available to participate in a substantial portion (though not all) of evening networking events.

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