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Since 2010, Startup Weekend Education has been helping people who are hungry for innovation in education wet their appetites. From Friday-Sunday, anywhere from 60-120 people come together to pitch their ideas, recruit teammates, and with the support of local experts, spend the next 54 hours building minimal viable products (MVPs showcase the most basic functionality of your solution).

Five years and thousands of solutions later, Education Entrepreneurs is excited to announce the launch of a new program called Education Entrepreneurs Workshops. Originally debuted in June 2014 in Austin, TX, nearly 30 Education Entrepreneurs Workshops have taken place to-date, and their locations span four continents! Always trying to “eat our own dog food,” we’ve listened to user feedback over the past year and made great improvements to the original content and structure. If you have not experienced an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop for yourself yet, here’s a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

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What is a Workshop?

An Education Entrepreneurs Workshop:

  • Is for people who want to use entrepreneurship to improve education

  • Teaches people a specific set of skills they’ll need to effectively innovate in education

  • Includes both hands-on group activities and lively discussion

  • Involves 30-50 participants

  • Is led by a trained Facilitator

  • Lasts about 2 hours (including networking)

  • Is typically held on a weeknight

  • Features a Q&A session with an experienced entrepreneur in education

What topics are currently available?

  • Business Models in Education

  • Customer Discovery and Empathy in Education

  • More coming soon, but feel free to suggest or contribute ideas by emailing EducationEntrepreneurs@up.co

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Why should I attend?

  • Often times, as a first-time entrepreneur, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” We help you discover the key steps you’ll need to take in order to successfully innovate in education.

  • You’ll get to learn directly from someone in the industry who’s already built their own education venture.

  • This unique environment will help you connect with other entrepreneurs in your area, and perhaps even find the talent you need to bring to your team.

  • We ignite more education entrepreneurs than any other organization in the world. As such, we have a lot of experience learning what works and what doesn’t when it comes to innovating in education, and we’re excited to share those things with you.

  • Checkout the full list of upcoming Workshops


Why should I organize a Workshop?

Everyone is welcome to apply to organize an Education Entrepreneurs Workshop in their community. Apply here, and continue reading to find out why this may be a good option for you.

If you’re already hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Generate buzz about your event

  • Give participants an opportunity to learn key foundational skills before your weekend event kicks off

  • After your Startup Weekend Education ends, host a Workshop to keep the momentum going

If you’re not hosting a Startup Weekend Education event, use a Workshop to:

  • Establish your organization or event space as a hub for education entrepreneurs

  • See who in your community is interested in education entrepreneurship

  • Fill a gap in your Edtech Meetup programming

  • Apply to Organize a Workshop in your community


More about Education Entrepreneurs

Education Entrepreneurs is the largest initiative in the world focused on helping people use entrepreneurship to improve education. Its suite of offerings include Startup Weekend Education, Startup Digest Education, Workshops, online resources, and a global network of Community Leaders. Spanning six continents, Education Entrepreneurs has created an unprecedented opportunity for anyone, anywhere to shape the future of education.

Photos Courtesy of Sean Duffy and Edtech Austin


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Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Mandela Schumacher-Hodge
(@MandelaSH) A former public school teacher, education policy researcher, and PhD candidate, Mandela Schumacher-Hodge co-founded Tioki, the “The LinkedIn for Educators,” in 2011. Funded by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12