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MISSION

4.0 is a community of passionate people building the future of school, one piece at a time. Based in New Orleans and New York, we invest in people who know that school needs to change and are ready to start building real solutions to real problems.

TRACTION

 

23
Ventures Launched
350
Leaders Trained
50000
Learners Impacted

Our Approach

WE EXPLORE

hunches about the future of education

WE DEFINE

acute problems in schools

WE TEST

solutions quickly & cheaply

WE LAUNCH

new schools & education ventures

Community

We gather a group of unusual suspects—entrepreneurs, educators, technologists, designers and other creatives—and challenge them to find & fix urgent problems in education. Our community is our greatest asset, sharing bold ideas and visions for the future of school and important lessons learned from necessary failures along the way.

VENTURES LAUNCHED

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Monika Smyczek

CultureConnect

CultureConnect is a tool for museums and cultural institutions to build smartphone and tablet applications. We make art, science…READ MORE >>>

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Ryan Hoch

Overgrad

A web platform that allows high schools to correlate any academic metric to postsecondary aspirations and matriculation…READ MORE >>>

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Daniel Fountenberry

Books That Grow

A digital reading platform in which the books ‘grow’ in difficulty as the student becomes a better reader…READ MORE >>>

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Christa Dahlstrom

Flummox & Friends

Flummox and Friends is a smart, quirky show for smart, quirky kids. Part “The Big Bang Theory,” part “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” the show…READ MORE >>>>

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Chris Elliott

LEAD Prep Southeast

LEAD Prep Southeast is an open enrollment 5-12 charter school located in Nashville, TN. The pain point: Traditional schooling fails to meet…READ MORE >>>

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Amy Vreeland

TrueSchool Studio

TrueSchool empowers visionary educators as designers and leaders of grassroots innovation. By tapping into the potential of rock star…READ MORE >>>

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Jason Martin

Community Guilds

We’re trying to close an opportunity gap with a simple credo: “Work hard and build something”. We provide hands on apprenticeships…READ MORE >>>

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Evan Samek

imagilabs

imagiLabs has developed an educational game for kids, which we call ChallengeBox, that blends digital learning with offline tinkering. …READ MORE >>>

Join Us

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Get involved

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HANG WITH US

We organize a wide range of community events from NY to NOLA, all geared toward sharing and honing your hunches about the future of school.

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PRACTICE WITH US

Attend prototyping bootcamps, feedback sessions and design workshops to build key innovation skills and learn helpful new approaches and mindsets.

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LAUNCH WITH US

Ready to launch a venture or a new school model? Apply for one of our intensive Launch programs now to accelerate your growth toward your first customers.

Overview

Press

BOOKSHELF

OVERHEARD AT 4.0

“just ship it”
“yes, and”
“people > ideas”
“what are you measuring?”
“know your customers”

Recent awards & wins by 4.0 members

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Katie Beck, 4.0′s COO, and Eliot Sanchez, Founder of mSchool and Launch alum, were named to Forbes’ annual “30 Under 30″ list in Education in January of 2014
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Bricolage Academy, an innovative new Nola school created by launch alum Josh Denson, received a $1 million investment from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
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4.0 community members have posted 3 StartupWeekend
EDU “sweeps” in 2 years: PLACE DATE; SF Fall 2013; NYC Winter 2013
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