Agenda & Program

For a copy of the Innovation in Education Program flyer with more information, click here.

The Innovation Program will kick off with an Education Exchange that will introduce applicants who work in education to the views of those who come from a different sector while simultaneously exposing our partners who come from outside the classroom to the diverse perspectives of the communities we serve.

Key deadlines
November 11, 2011 – Education Exchange Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Nov 11, 2011
November 2011 – Education Exchange between nonprofit and corporate sector applicants
December 16, 2011 – Applications for Innovation Program due
January 13, 2012 – Selected participants notified


Program timeline

The Innovation Program will consist of three workshops spaced out over a period of three months for 25-35 participants. The workshops are designed to enable participants to research and analyze the root causes behind various educational challenges and come up with solutions that target those systemic causes. The program will culminate in an idea pitch showcase to present these solutions to education officials, policymakers, nonprofits, local businesses and other community organizations.

Workshop 1: February 18, 2012
This session will help participants crystallize the specific problem or issue on which they want to work, and apply tools and techniques to research the problem further.

Reflecting on their Education Exchange experiences, participants create a hypothesis about the root causes behind the problems they identified and map what existing organizations are doing and the gaps that are being left unfilled. They will then generate possible solutions ideas in a safe space and decide upon 1 or 2 solutions to move forward with.

Workshop 2: March 17, 2012
In this session, participants will refine their proposed ideas by sharing them and getting feedback from peers as well as community partners – other alumni, board members, representatives from local organizations etc.

Participants will present their solutions to small teams while peers offer critical, objective,  creative and intuitive feedback about that solution. All participants will design and present pitch presentations of their ideas and refine it through feedback.
Workshop 3: April 21, 2012
This session will divide up participants by the type and stage of their ventures and give them training in business planning and launching. There may be an optional rehearsal pitch presentation.
Philadelphia Innovation Program Pitch Showcase: May 19, 2012
The program will culminate with a participants pitching their proposals to local leaders, entrepreneurs, community members and potential partners.