Getting Smart is acknowledging people and organizations making a difference with a series of back to school top 10 lists. During August we will run about 40 ‘best of’ lists, not in order, not exhaustive, just people we appreciate.
Today we are recognizing 30 investors, incubators, and new school engines powering the learning revolution.
Funders: Charters & Innovation
Arnold Foundation: charters and innovation
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Compact Cities, Next Generation Learning Challenge, teacher development
Broad Foundation: talent development, governance, and charters
Carnegie Corporation: innovation, high school redesign
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation: charters, performance management, Ed-Fi data standard & tools
Hewlett Foundation: deeper learning, open education resources
Nellie Mae Education Foundation: deeper, student-centered experience
KnowledgeWorks Foundation: EdWorks, New Tech Network, Strive
Walton Family Foundation: charters
Incubators, Accelerators, & New School Engines
LearnLaunch: edtech accelerator, Boston
ImagineK12: edtech accelerator, Mountain View
4.0 Schools: nonprofit incubator, New Orleans
Charter School Growth Fund: nonprofit CMO investor, Broomfield CO
New Schools for Chicago: school developer
New Visions for Public Education: new/improved school engine, NYC
Next Generation Learning Challenge: new school grants, Washington D.C.
Get Smart Schools: new school developer, Denver
MindTrust: education innovation network, Indianapolis
EdTech Venture Funders
City Light Capital: high growth impact investments, NYC
Expansion Venture Capital: edtech seed investor, NYC
Learn Capital: early stage investments, San Mateo
Kapor Capital: seed stage investments in information technology companies, Oakland
NewSchools Venture Fund: nonprofit venture philanthropy, Oakland
Rethink Education: growth stage companies in edtech, NYC
GSV Capital: growth investing, HQ in Woodside, CA
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers: early & growth stage investments, Menlo Park
New Enterprise Associates (NEA): early & growth stage investments, Menlo Park
New Markets Venture Partners: early & growth stage investments, Fulton MD
We left a bunch of important organizations off this list. Who would you add?
Tom is a partner at Learn Capital.