The Community Catalyst program is a year long fellowship that will help you build and sustain an education entrepreneurship community in your hometown.
The Community Catalyst Program gets you there with coaching from experienced community builders, training on how to run quality programming, and a community of peers developing communities across the country. By the end of the Community Catalyst Program, you will have the skills you need to launch your own organization that supports education entrepreneurs.
We believe community builders need coaching just like entrepreneurs. You’ll get 1 on 1 coaching and have access to 4.0 staff, alumni and partners who can advise you along the way.
We believe ideas grow better in community. You’ll be part of a cohort of community builders and have access to a network of over 50 community builders and 700 education entrepreneurs.
We believe running tiny tests of big ideas is the best way to innovate. You’ll get access to resources to help you put your ideas into action, learning what works for your community along the way.
We believe people learn best by doing. You’ll participate in 4.0 programming that supports entrepreneurs, learn how to run it yourself, and have the opportunity to use it in your hometown at no cost.
You’ll define the problem you’re solving for your community, and hone in on the root cause, rather than symptoms.
You’ll map your network, identifying key partners to work with as you support education entrepreneurs.
You’ll design and run an event to test your hypothesis around what your community needs and wants to support education entrepreneurship.
Put community first. You’ll spend time getting to know your cohort and building a share your learnings throughout the year.
Dig deep and challenge your biggest assumptions. You’ll be pushed to clarify all aspects of your vision for your community, starting with your problem, user, and solution.
Build your coaching and program chops. Participate in 4.0 programming like Essentials and Startup Weekend Education and practice coaching entrepreneurs yourself.
Set your path and start running. You’ll build a roadmap for supporting your community, including how to surface potential entrepreneurs and what programming to provide.
As you design programming for your community, you’ll have on-demand access to the 4.0 team and network of mentors.
As you continue learning about your community, you’ll have regular opportunities to connect with your cohort of Catalysts as well as previous cohorts.
As you build your organization, you’ll have access to 4.0’s network and be able to leverage the 4.0 brand with funders and partners.
As part of 4.0’s national network, you’ll have access to alumni-only experiences, have the opportunity to nominate entrepreneurs for coaching, as well as coach 4.0 alums.
K-12 Lean Labs
DC Equity Lab
The Lean Lab
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
catalysts who are building education entrepreneurship communities where they live
people that have attended or been involved at events organized and facilitated by catalysts
concepts for the future of school being advanced with further coaching and testing
ideas generated that represent sparks for the future of school
This is different than being a Startup Weekend EDU organizer because Community Catalyst participants aspire to be a full-time community builder by creating an organization to sustain education entrepreneurship and innovation in their hometown. (If you are a Startup Weekend EDU organizer, and this sounds like you, we’d love for you to apply!)
This is not a job and does not come with compensation. That said, we plan to provide coaching, support and opportunities through which you can grow (similar to professional development). We also plan to provide funding to help you kickstart your community by running Essentials.
If you haven’t been to a 4.0 Schools event or program, check out Startup Weekend Education or Essentials. Attending either & organizing the former are good first steps to gain an understanding of how we do this work.
For now, we accept applications once a year around January. Outside of that window, if you are interested in learning more and/or want to be alerted when the application is released, sign up here.
This does not cost money; in fact we provide a travel stipend to ensure that you can attend all training opportunities at no cost to you.