The New Orleans-based early-stage education incubator 4.0 Schools has just announced the nine ventures joining their Launch Cohort 11 beginning this summer.
Launch is a three-month incubator for early stage education entrepreneurs with promising ideas for the future of school.
4.0 Schools said they selected the ventures from 178 incredible groups that have already put their idea into the real world and have the most potential for disrupting education.
“A key commitment we continue to make is the importance of creating an inclusive space where people of all backgrounds can work together,” explains 4.0 Schools. “Continuing our work from our last two cohorts which included 50% female founders and 36% people of color, 46% percent of our Cohort 11 founders are women and 40% are people of color. Against a backdrop where just 10% of entrepreneurs receiving Series A funding are women and just 1% of the tech founders are African American, we continue to believe that making a conscious and deliberate effort to cultivate many voices is critical to building community around education.”
Meet the next nine ventures changing the future of school:
Flor Serna & Maya Ramos
Electric Girls teaches young girls and women various skills in electronics, programming, and engineering, and also gives them the competence to teach their new skills to the next generation of curious young girls. Electric Girls inspires confidence and curiosity by challenging girls to engage in fun, challenging, and hands-on science and tech projects.
Great Teachers’ Academy
Gareth Genner & Mike Davis
Great Teachers’ Academy is creating a high-impact K-12 ed-tech enterprise by leveraging innovative and cost-effective technology & research-based curriculum to optimize student outcomes and enable great teachers to create unique school models. The cost-efficient GTA operating model facilitates private schools with tuition as low as $2,500 for a 225-day school year and public charter schools with tuition as low as $4,500.
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Bridge the Gap
Bridge the Gap is an after-school program that works to prepare high-achieving, low-income students to attend and succeed in competitive universities. We offer advising, near-peer mentoring, and academic enrichment to students throughout high school.
New Orleans College Bridge
Paris Woods & Sarah Payne
New Orleans College Bridge helps graduates of New Orleans Public Schools enroll and succeed in college. We do this by providing coaching and support with financial aid, enrollment, and academic success while in college.
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Hookup provides edgy and entertaining sex ed to youth through a mobile app anonymously from trusted sources. The two features allow the user to ask questions to an expert and share/read stories about sex and relationships. And she’s already getting talked about in Fast Company and the New York Times.
Andy Moeck & Melissa Murphy
Educasic products are geared to giving students the best learning tools possible while helping parents navigate today’s always changing education landscape, their busy lives, and putting the focus on the learning — not the logistics — of their child’s day-to-day curriculum.
Larry Liu & Connor Koblinski
Pomegranate Lab supports teachers by helping them create growth mindset communities. To do this, we build software tools for teachers, students, parents, and administrators.
Aaron Frumin & Aron Michalski
unCommon Construction is a values-based apprenticeship that builds character by building houses with high school students. We’ll use the construction process and profits to provide apprentices with the skills and resources for college or career after graduation.