The Teacherpreneur Incubator offers teachers support, time and space to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of their students and their profession. A partnership between PEF and HCDE and modeled after CO.LAB’s 48HR Launch, the Incubator brings together teachers, business people, and community members to launch transformative ideas, growing them into scalable, sustainable programs and businesses.
Teacherpreneur brings together educators, entrepreneurs, experts and community members to make these ideas a reality.
After a competitive selection process, a summer of planning and an intense 48 hours of pitch preparation, Teacherpreneurs compete for the funding to make those ideas a reality at the Pitch Night in front of the community and judges.
Tell us your idea! Applications are open for Teacherpreneur 2018
We're not looking for polished business plans or grant applications - we're looking for good ideas and passionate educators (or teams of educators) who want to make those ideas real.
New this year:
Teacherpreneurs this year will be part of two rounds of programming designed to take ideas and put them into action.
Round 1 will include an 8-week course, CO.STARTERS, led by CO.LAB expert entrepreneurial facilitators starting late-August through mid-October.
Round 2 is our traditional 48HR Launch weekend where Teacherpreneurs will fine-tune their pitch, graphics, and build relationships. Educators who spend their time in the Teacherpreneur Incubator will finish with the momentum and toolkit (and hopefully funds!) to implement their ideas.
Teacherpreneur Pitch Night will kick off Startup Week Chattanooga on Sunday, October 21
The Teacherpreneur Incubator is open to all Hamilton County classroom educators, counselors, media specialists and coaches, and applications for this year will close on August 3, 2018. Join us for summer meetups for support on your idea or proposal!
Idea Workshops (sign up here):
Office hours (sign up here):
Applications close August 3
Selections made mid-August
CO.STARTERS course will meet once a week starting the last week of August through the 48HR Launch (dates TBD)
The 48HR Launch weekend is October 19-21
Pitch Night is October 21
Applicants must be available to participate in the 8-week CO.STARTERS course and 48HR Launch
Contact Kate, Teacher Engagement Coordinator
Teacherpreneur puts our innovative educators where they belong - literally on a stage, in front of the community, celebrated for their hard work and big ideas. Investing in Teacherpreneur directly impacts students, schools and communities, as well as gives educators a voice in shaping the future of their profession. Who better to solve the challenges facing our public education system than our teachers themselves?
This is an important event that showcases the innovators in our school system. We have so many dedicated, creative, and talented teachers who must be empowered to make their ideas reality. We can work together to give them the platform to share their ideas and make our schools better for our students. This will be money well spent. The education of our children is every Chattanoogan's responsibility - please give what you can.
One of the best entrepreneurial programs in town. Amazing to see teachers spend 48 hours creating their plans the weekend before school starts. The ideas, energy and the passion the teacherpreneurs show, makes you feel great about the educators we have in this community.
Creative teachers inspire creativity in kids!