We work with really early-stage founders, so if you’ve brought in significant revenue or funding, we may not be best positioned to support you. That said, if you value our support and can make a case for why we’re you’re right next step, we won’t rule you out.
Don’t bet the house, literally. As an entrepreneur, you’ve got to stretch limited resources. We believe the best way to do that is to run disciplined tests: test your school as an after-school program first; mock up your edtech tool on paper; pilot your program as part of an existing classroom.
Our CEO, Matt Candler (affectionately known to fellows as Catt Mandler), wrote this post about school design and ended up presenting about it at the White House. Give it a read and let us know what you think!
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Ultimately, if you’re committed to building something that betters K-12 education in the U.S. for students and families, go ahead and apply. That said, here’s a glimpse at our hunch about the future of school – this hunch is informing our priorities as we invest.
Nope. Essentials if free if you’re accepted and we offer travel stipends for accepted teams who need it.
Nope. Our goal is to provide the highest quality experience possible, so we’re only hosting Essentials camp in New Orleans and helping teams come to New Orleans with travel scholarships. Plus, there are worse things in life than a weekend in New Orleans.
Nope. There’ll be a space on the application for you to list the name of your team or cofounder. To ensure we have the right people in the room, we do limit the number of people on a team to two individuals.
To put it simply, we believe big ideas start small, with tiny tests. “I actually haven’t been calling it the Tiny Fellowship,” Nate, founder of STEMhero and one of our first wave of Tiny Fellows, lamented to to us during Camp, the Fellowship’s opening weekend. “I’ve just been calling it the 4.0 Fellowship. I mean, it’s not like the opportunity is tiny.”
This was flattering and disappointing at the same time. Tiny has always been about this dissonance; at the right time, a small investment can be fundamental in shaping a nascent idea. This is especially true in education, where capital and support structures are focused on ’scaling what works.’ The ideas, and the brave folks who bring them to light, were always meant to have a big impact.
Nope! That would be silly. We have the internet!
It’s flexible. You apply to graduate when you’re ready, but we expect most founders will complete the program in between 4-12 months.
Basically, we ask you to opt-in to the supports you need (we advise you) at the beginning of the program. The specifics will change, but here’s the syllabus from Wave Two of the program.
At a minimum, you’ll have a coaching session once a month and with an entrepreneur advisor to keep you on track and help you work through challenges you face.
Check out our investments thesis – it’s a fun read (well, if anything, it’s a colorful document)!
Here’s a folder with everything (contracts, rubrics, priorities, etc.) from Wave One of the program. Dig in! Wave One was an alpha. Wave Two is a like a public beta – things are bound to change, but the key features are represented in the above docs.