Innovation Fellows Program

Calling all entrepreneurs, practitioners, and other leaders working with youth to activate their power and voice.

The 2019 Innovation Fellows Program will bring together leaders who are empowering youth to solve the problems that are most important to them.

WHAT IS YOUTH ACTIVATION?

Giving youth agency over their learning and the power to design and implement solutions to problems they care about most.

THE INNOVATION FELLOWS PROGRAM

    • Invests in and supports K-12 innovators
    • Sparks a mindset shift about the school system
    • Encourages collaboration among forward-thinking practitioners

The Innovation Fellows is a program of The Lab at the Colorado Education Initiative (CEI). The Lab at CEI provides educators with the opportunity, support, and space to design the future of learning.

WE NEED YOUR HELP

To activate youth and scale and sustain their ideas, we are looking for
fellows who want to help young people:

    • Discover Their Purpose. Empowering youth to identify the ideas that matter most to them
    • Access Influence. Connecting youth with power and decision-makers to ensure implementation, scale, and sustainability of their ideas
    • Develop Peer Networks. Providing a support system for young people where they can collaborate with their peers
    • Exercise Critical Skills and Mindsets. Learning from failure, taking risks, and identifying resources, to name a few.

We also are searching for fellows who want to engage more adults in
the work of empowering youth authentically, shifting their values from compliance to agency.

2018 Innovation Fellows Program

During the summer of 2018, CEI launched an Innovation Fellows Program designed to boost the efforts of education entrepreneurs.

The inaugural program was designed to support local solutions tailored for the communities where innovators live, work, and play. Nine individuals and a team of two who were focused on one solution joined the fellowship and explored solutions to education-related problems impacting their communities. The CEI Innovation Fellows worked together and were paired with mentors to identify, define, and test solutions. During a five-week period, the 2018 Fellows honed their entrepreneurial mindset amidst a collaborative community of like-minded game-changers, and developed a pitch that they presented to potential funders.

Meet the 2018 Fellows

The Lab at CEI logo

10 Fellows
with innovative ideas
for improving education
in Colorado classrooms


$1,000 Investment
provided to each Fellow
to help develop their venture

4 Days of training
and collaboration with education innovators

FELLOWSHIP DATES

APRIL 2019 – SEPTEMBER 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE

April 26, 2019 5 p.m.
2019 Innovation Fellows Application

MANDATORY PARTICIPATION SESSIONS

WEEKEND 1 RETREAT
June 15-16, 2019
YMCA of the Rockies (tentative)

WEEKEND 2 RETREAT
July 20-21, 2019
Colorado Education Initiative Offices
(tentative)

PITCH NIGHT
Wednesday August 7, 2019
History Colorado (tentative)

LEARN MORE

Download one-pager

QUESTIONS?
Send an email to Paul Beck, CEI Innovation Specialist.

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WHAT IS AN EDUCATION ENTREPRENEUR?

Person one

A creative and innovative person who works in a classroom or school with a lot of compelling ideas about new ways to solve problems in education. While uncertainty exists about how to accelerate these solutions or how to take the next step, this person is highly energized by the potential they see.


Person two

A person with one or two promising ideas that they have done some thinking about, and they may have done some small tests with young people, teachers, or another user group. They want skills, a runway, and a network to keep pursuing and testing these ideas.


Person three

A person with a relatively well-honed idea for solving an educational problem, perhaps with the design or framework of an implementation plan fleshed out. Some pieces of the idea may need clarity or testing.


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