Location: Palo Alto, California, United States United States
Founded in: 2011
Stage: Pre-launch
Number of employees: 1-5
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Bay Area Innovation Hub

Palo Alto, California, United States United States

Our mission is to make Silicon Valley the world leader in innovation in learning.

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The Mission:  Silicon Valley will become the world leader in innovation in learning and prepare students to lead the 21st century economy.


Goal: The Bay Area Innovation Hub will accelerate innovation in education by attracting the best minds to work together to develop and rapidly evolve new, scalable approaches to raising student achievement, closing the achievement gap, increasing interest in STEM, personalizing learning and optimizing use of time for each child.


The Need: Today, schools in the Bay Area are isolated from the entrepreneurial engine that permeates our community. They lack the infrastructure, technical capacity, flexibility and in many cases, the will, to participate in, let alone lead, the upcoming transformation. Schools are not rewarded for risk, and therefore, have not created a culture of innovation where rapid development and continuous improvement, grounded in rigorous measurement have prevailed. And they are largely unable to attract the most talented business and technical leaders to develop scalable systems to address the challenges facing our students and schools. Where there are pockets of success, they remain isolated and/or don’t have the infrastructure to rapidly and massively scale

In fact, the majority of classrooms in Silicon Valley operate outside the reach of today’s most ubiquitous resource – the Internet – which has brought productivity gains, low-cost, high-powered cloud computing, and access to the world’s information to every other corner of the globe.

The Solution:  We are creating an Innovation Hub in the Bay Area to develop an ecosystem that brings together the most talented and visionary educators, entrepreneurs, engineers, business leaders, funders, researchers and policy makers to accelerate innovation through individualized learning.


The Innovation Ecosystem

Bay Area Innovation Ecosystem


The Objectives:

  • Make it easier for new, better ideas to come to market by attract the best minds and partnering with leading tech companies to tackle opportunities and problems in our education system and accelerating idea generation, prototyping, and iteration
  • Create a bigger pipeline of students and teachers using technology effectively, and accelerate and share research and best practices
  • Build capacity in Bay Area Schools, including infrastructure, leadership, training and a culture of innovation
  • Develop and scale highly effective school models, cost-effectively, that differentiate instruction, use time wisely for each student, and radically improve use of data to improve student outcomes
  • Remove structural roadblocks to innovation by sharing risk taking and create a safe place for failure, and collectively addressing policy & regulatory constraints, especially around data access and data security


The Ecosystem:

 I.     Innovation Schools: Students and Educators

The Innovation Hub will bring together a group of “Innovation Schools” that are committed to working together to expand the leadership, culture, capacity and infrastructure in our school systems to embrace the unfolding opportunity afforded by individualized learning.  The Innovation Schools will collect and use meaningful, real-time data to drive dramatic improvements in how each student is educated. The Innovation Schools will have:


  • culture of innovation that relentlessly embrace continuous improvement
  • capacity to attract visionary, world-class leadership and employ rigorous use of data to accelerate learning throughout the entire education system
  • infrastructure, including 1:1 computing, that provides a platform for beginning the reinvention of curriculum, teaching, assessment and school structures and through which good ideas can be developed, measures, improved and scaled.
  • flexible school models that meet the varied needs of our students and communities, and provide expert training and career development to attract and motivate the most effective teachers.


II.     Innovation Incubators

The Innovation Hub will create and partner with incubators for education entrepreneurs to develop and evolve their ideas, especially for technology-supported STEM education. The Hub will connect entrepreneurs with Innovation Hub Partners to generate, co-develop, test and evolve the best ideas:

  • “Innovation Schools” to generate, co-develop, test and evolve the best ideas
  • Leading researchers in the Bay Area and globally to provide thought leadership, resources and evaluation
  • Mentors and thought partners in corporations that incentivize employees to participate in developing education products and services


III.     Innovation Funds for EdTech Enterpreneurs

Accelerate the growth and impact of education technology by 5-10 years through an innovative venture capital fund that provides “patient” capital to EdTech start-ups.  Both technological advancements and new pressures on the K-12 system have altered the dynamics enough to indicate the timing is ripe for venture capital in education.


IV.     Innovation Labs

Partner with the leading technology companies, research institutes, R&D labs, the NSF and the proposed national ARPA-Education to dramatically increase the research and development in science and technology and their applications in the learning ecology.


Why Today? Online learning has the potential to revolutionize K-12 education to inspire and support the learning needs of each child by radically improving optimization of time and resources.

As public funds decline and competition for jobs becomes ever more globally competitive, the increasing demand for more efficient use of resources while improving student outcomes is creating pressure for new more productive school models.  Education technology promises to transform the entire education sector through innovative platforms, tools, delivery, distribution models and content, but although there are a few bright spots today, education technology significantly lags almost every other industry.

At the same time, a new breed of entrepreneurial organizations like Khan Academy, Rocketship, School of One, and Leadership Public Schools are demonstrating that by providing each student with motivating, self-paced resources, we can, in fact, rapidly accelerate the pace of learning, scalably, in both high-income and typically underserved communities. And we are beginning to understand how to do it. Through collaboration, vision and leadership, the opportunity for breakthrough success is high, and the time is now.


Why Silicon Valley?  The Bay Area has the talent, capital, vision and innovation fervor to organize the world’s information, network and entertain the world’s people, and revolutionize the word’s media. In fact, the Bay Area ecosystem is one of the most innovative in the world, producing global leaders in major sectors – high tech, bio tech, clean tech, medicine – and yet, other than in isolated pockets, we have not cultivated innovation in our education systems. We certainly have the capacity, talent and resources to inspire and educate our children.


Target Partners:  YOU!