ImagineK12 helps form and guide new companies focused on improving elementary and secondary education. I agree with their view of the opportunity:
The infrastructure, hardware, software, and platforms are either available or being developed that will change the nature of how we teach our children in profound and far-reaching ways. A high-tech wave is beginning to sweep through the educational world largely driven by technology entrepreneurship.
Modeled after Y Combinator and other incubators, ImagineK12 operates out of a fun space in the AOL building in Palo Alto.
Next Friday is demo day for the first cohort of 10 companies, an exciting assortment of apps and platforms aimed at benefiting student, teachers, and administrators. The winter 2012 application is now available. Applications are due Oct. 30, 2011.
It’s apparent that veterans of Google and Yahoo! Alan Louie, Tim Brady, and Geoff Ralston are having a blast advising the talented group of education entrepreneurs. They have developed a great climate of candor and collegiality.
Companies like the ones incubated at ImagineK12 and funded by Learn Capital have world changing potential. All the planned reforms won’t hit President Obama’s goal of being #1 in college completion. U.S. education needs innovation–and innovation is best created and scaled by private enterprise.
Turning innovations into student outcomes will require partnerships. Big advances in student outcomes in the shift to personal digital learning will result from partnerships that leverage leadership and the capabilities from from each sector–public, philanthropic, and private. Progress will be uneven, but it will be quickest where there is a commitment to kids, outcomes, and innovation.
Stay tuned for more from ImagineK12, its nonprofit cousin Startl, and the high impact companies they help to form.