Learning Minds

Coalitions for evidence inspired action

We strengthen bottom-up innovation to identify and strengthen solutions that effectively address children’s individual learning needs and support them to reach their full potential.

In these goal-driven partnerships, we develop and institutionalize innovative mechanisms that support and incentivize researchers and practitioners across the globe to work together to create evidence-based solutions for the 21st century.

By harnessing the power of the Jacobs network, and creating new links and coalitions between partners and stakeholders, we want to amplify and inspire further action towards bringing evidence-based solutions into the education ecosystem.

The program has three different components, building an evidence-based start-up pipeline, advancing impactful education solutions, and scaling them.

  • Creating an evidence-based pipeline: In collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business world class inventors receive support to get ideas from the labs and into the hands of learners. This collaboration further connects researchers and programs with Connecting the Edtech Research Ecosystem (CERES) and builds a build a pipeline of entrepreneurs specifically in the education technology space to help them move their game changing ideas into the market.
  • Advancing impactful education solutions: with Penn Graduate School of Education a three-year pathway for education venture development, acceleration, and ecosystem engagement is created. The venture acceleration program includes 6-8 months of mentoring, skill building, innovation models, coaching, and networking.
  • Scaling readiness for Ghanaian Entrepreneurs: with Reach for Change tailored support for ten education-focused social entrepreneurs in Ghana. A two-year scaling readiness program strengthens the evidence-based aspect of their solutions and lays the groundwork for future scaling. Support provided will intentionally create synergies with and integrate a range of networks, partnerships and resources, both in Ghana and further afield.