The spirit of innovation is deeply ingrained in the CSGF portfolio, especially in creating transformational opportunities for marginalized students.
Leaders feel greater urgency and desire to think about the future in this moment of change.
We believe this provides an opportunity to reimagine existing pillars of schooling and create new possibilities.
We are here to support ambitious new ideas from and for the nation’s best public charter schools.
Leaders closest to the work often have the deepest insights but rarely have resources to try new approaches. We provide early research and development capital to support ambitious ideas for impact from charter school leaders. See here to learn about ideas we’ve supported through Project Spark, our most recent portfolio innovation funding opportunity.
The private and non-profit sectors can be an important source of innovation that amplify great teaching and lighten the load for schools. We provide enabling capital for entrepreneurs with great ideas to serve schools and students. We partner at the early stage of a new venture’s journey, typically providing $100K-$500K commitments to help scale early signs of traction, with a priority on CSGF-funded schools as customers.
We connect innovative companies with our portfolio to test demand for their solutions and get feedback from those in the work. We structure and sponsor testing of promising products and tools in the portfolio.
We are proud to support a diverse portfolio of companies making a difference for our growing network of charter schools and beyond
Cambiar Education is a nonprofit venture design studio focused on student success and equity.
Cariina is an operations enablement platform helping administrators manage complex workflows across their schools.
Edstruments provides budgeting and AP/Purchasing Automation software designed for the unique needs of schools and nonprofits.
The Novel Effect app responds to your voice with interactive music and sound effects, creating magical moments when you read aloud from children’s books.
Paramount Health Data Project leverages health data to improve academic outcomes for children.
Reach is a nonprofit university that employs job-embedded learning to help communities grow their own talent.
TeachStart breaks open the school house door, proving what’s possible when we remove barriers to teaching.
All Means All partners with school and system leaders to support all learners, through expert facilitation, coaching, programming, and an intersectional approach.
LearnPlatform expands equitable access for all students to the teaching and technology that works best for them.
Hello World CS is a software company that enables schools to provide students with a world-class, cutting-edge computer science education.
LitLab.ai is the world’s first ‘AI for early reading.’ K-2 teachers can easily create decodable content that is perfect for early readers.
OnYourMark Education is an individualized high impact virtual tutoring service that provides foundational skills instruction to K-2nd graders grounded in the science of reading.
Overgrad helps schools and community-based organizations identify, track, and improve on early indicators for postsecondary success.
Clayful offers on-demand coaching so every student receives proactive emotional and mental well-being support.
Diffit helps teachers differentiate with “just right”, quality learning materials for any topic or student.
KickUp helps K-12 systems manage teacher professional learning, assess program impact, and use formative data to drive better decision-making.
Kyron learning makes high quality one-on-one education available to every learner by scaling the world’s greatest teachers using conversational AI.
Magic School uses AI to help teachers lesson plan, level texts, write assessments, proofread, give feedback, communicate clearly, and more.
Marco Learning supports schools, teachers, and students to make everyone a successful writer.
OpenSeat provides one-to-one mental wellness coaching designed for schools.
Playlab empowers educators to create, remix and share your own AI edtech tools.
Reading Futures serves children with indications of dyslexia or other significant reading difficulties. Excellent teachers, scientifically proven programs, and joyful teaching ensure a bright reading future for every child.
Thrive Therapies Group is dedicated to empowering children with disabilities by delivering high-impact therapies and services that break down barriers to academic success and well-being.
EdLight lets teachers quickly see and give feedback on authentic student work.
nXu offers teacher training and curriculum to help students connect with who they are, explore who they want to become, and invest in pathways for personal and professional success.