On February 1, the Department of Education launched the National Education Startup Challenge, asking students to develop innovative, real world solutions to improve education. Students from across the country are invited to submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address one of these four topics:
- Middle Grades Matter: Helping middle school students transition to high school and stay on track to graduate.
- Skills, Skills, Skills: Providing students in rural, urban, and/or high-poverty communities with opportunities for internships or other work- and community-based learning experiences that help them develop skillsÂ for success in postsecondary education, 21st century careers, and civic life.
- Education Pays: Making it easier for students and families to find and select high-quality, affordable postsecondary programs â€“ whether colleges, universities, or career training programs â€“ that provide good value.
- Finishing Faster: Increasing the likelihood that postsecondary students complete their degrees and decreasing the time it takes them to finish, such as by improving and speeding up remedial education.
Students in grade 6 through postsecondary, as well as out-of-school youth, are eligible to participate. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2012.
For more information visit the National Education Startup Challenge Web site.
Â Nancy Conneely, Public Policy Manager