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07.22.21
Blog

When Silence is Not An Option (Part II)

Gloria Kobow and Mai Tran share how Imaginable Futures' work with Camelback Capital Collaborative gave them the tools to navigate the racial reckoning across the globe this past year.
07.22.21
Blog

When Silence is Not An Option (Part I)

Mai Tran and Gloria Kobow share how Imaginable Futures' work with Camelback Capital Collaborative gave them the tools to navigate the racial reckoning across the globe this past year.
07.13.21
News

Helping Parents Reengage with College

A report from IWPR highlights the importance of intentionally engaging, retaining and supporting adult parents and looks at the policy and practice reforms needed to help them succeed in college.
07.13.21
News

To Achieve Racial Equity, Invest in the College Success of Parents

Our nation’s higher-education system has too often failed to support students who don’t fit the traditional mold. To achieve economic mobility and racial equity, we must support student parents.
07.12.21
News

71% Dos Pais Valorizam Mais os Professores Após a Pandemia

Segundo o pesquisa feita pela Datafolha, 71% dos pais de estudantes valorizam mais os professores agora do que antes da pandemia.
07.09.21
News

Helping Parents Complete College Education is Essential for Equitable…

A new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research has made a compelling case for parents who have not earned a degree to go back to college.
07.08.21
Report

Re-Engaging Student Parents to Achieve Attainment and Equity Goals

This report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research quantifies the role of parents with some college credit in helping to meet pressing economic demands and close equity gaps for families.
06.23.21
Blog

Strengthening Teachers Resiliency Through Training

Dignitas’ remarkable ability to pivot and find innovative ways to support teachers from under-resourced communities in an unprecedented environment is one of the key reasons why we invested in them.
06.22.21
Blog

What Focusing on Black Children in Research Means for Equity in Early…

Since its launch in 2020, Boston University’s Center on the Ecology of Early Development has worked to bring a sharper racial equity lens to the early childhood education field.
06.01.21
Blog

Peaks and Valleys: The Journey of Our Antiracist Work and JEDI Commit…

One year after we made a commitment to use our power to dismantle systemic racism, we share the peaks and valleys of our JEDI journey and how we’re holding ourselves accountable.
05.27.21
Blog

Supporting Women and Nurturing Young Learners in South Africa

In South Africa, SmartStart has been building community resilience by supporting women who run their early learning centers and helping families during the pandemic.
05.07.21
Blog

Elevating Grassroots Power on Child Care at a Moment of Transformativ…

We’re proud to support Raising Child Care Fund, which equips grassroots organizers with resources and connections to bolster their state and local work, while helping shape national advocacy efforts.
04.29.21
Blog

Listening to Learn

At Imaginable Futures, we won’t pretend that we know what all of those solutions might be. But, we are committed to working together to find out. And we know this starts with listening.
04.28.21
Report

How to Safely Return to In-Person Learning

Vozes da Educação compares how countries have handled the return to in-person learning, adding indispensable information for this debate and supports new public policies guided by science and data.
04.28.21
Report

Como Retornar com Segurança à Aprendizagem Presencial

Vozes da Educação compara como os países têm feito a reabertura de escolas, trazendo informações indispensáveis ​​a esse debate que podem subsidiar políticas públicas baseadas em ciência e dados.
04.22.21
Blog

Sparks of Hope Emerge

Amidst the uncertainty, SPARK Schools continue to do what they do best: nurturing scholars who are responsible, persistent, and kind and who will positively contribute to South Africa’s future.
04.20.21
Blog

Partnering with a Community Leader to Provide Emergency Aid to Famili…

56 organizations and individuals in Brazil received micro-grants from Fundo Baobá to address the pandemic's devastation on families with young children, in an emergency relief fund we supported.
04.13.21
News

Inside Upswing’s $5 Million Series A To Help Diverse And Non-traditio…

Upswing, a digital resource for nontraditional students including student parents, has raised a $5 million Series A. Vinice Davis chats with The Plug’s editor on why Imaginable Futures invested.
04.04.21
News

Amy Klement, Managing Partner of Imaginable Futures, a Venture of the…

If you ever wondered how a Silicon Valley mindset rooted in social entrepreneurship can improve global education, then this episode on the Do One Better Podcast featuring our Amy Klement is for you.
04.01.21
News

Three Austin Tech Startups Combine to Raise $24 Million for Growth

Three Austin-based startups — one focused on cybersecurity and two on remote education offerings — have combined to raise $24 million funding deals. Upswing, supported by Imaginable Futures is one.
03.30.21
Blog

Upswing Keeps Student Parents Virtually Connected to Campus During th…

Upswing is an integrated student services platform, designed particularly for working adult learners, student parents, and students of color, improving college persistence and driving completion.
03.25.21
News

Holberton Raises $20M as It Pivots to Become an Edtech SaaS Company

Holberton School, which is reimagining the future of software engineering talent, completes a successful Series B funding round. Imaginable Futures is among the number of investors.
03.16.21
Report

Busy with Purpose

This report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research describes challenges faced by student parents and actions that policy and education leaders can take to better support their success.
03.10.21
News

SPARK Schools Raises Series C Capital as it Aims to Expand its Footpr…

SPARK Schools concludes a successful Series C capital raise, making it possible for the affordable K-12 private school network to reach over 35,000 learners in South Africa in the next 10 years.
03.09.21
News

Aspen Institute Announces Policy Acceleration Partnership Grant Award…

Six public entities partnering with community organizations will advance professional success for students who are parents, in this initiative supported by Imaginable Futures and ECMC Foundation.
03.08.21
News

Qualified Teams Selected in $5M XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling Competition

XPrize announced that 10 teams from 4 countries are advancing to the Qualified Teams round of the $5M XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition, funded in part by Imaginable Futures.
03.02.21
Blog

Helping Kids—and Parents—See that Math is All Around Us

MathTalk uses a mix of technology and math-focused installations to harness playful learning, reduce math anxiety and create positive math experiences for kids and their parents.
03.02.21
News

MPDFT Vai à Justiça Para Retomada de Aulas Presenciais na Rede Pública

The debate continues on the reopening of public schools in Brazil. A survey conducted by Vozes da Educação, with the support of the Lemann Foundation and Imaginable Futures is cited.
03.02.21
News

Globo, Fundação Roberto Marinho e Mais de 30 Organizações Lançam Camp…

Joining more than 30 organizations across Brazil, we are supporting this campaign from Globo and Fundação Roberto Marinho to prevent dropout among students and to encourage the safe return of schools.
02.26.21
News

Países Com Melhor Educação Fecharam Escolas Por Menos Tempo Na Pandem…

O Brasil - sempre entre as últimas colocações no ranking do exame - teve 267 dias de escolas fechadas até o fim de janeiro.
02.10.21
Blog

Social and Emotional Learning: A Holistic Approach to Youth Developme…

ALiVE is an ambitious first-of-its-kind multi-country initiative that will provide a platform for the education community in East Africa to implement mainstream SEL in learning practices.
01.27.21
Blog

One Year Into Our Journey

When our philanthropic investment firm launched last year, we could never have anticipated the year that was 2020. Here’s how our values guided us in 2020 and the learnings we’re taking into 2021.
01.26.21
Blog

Early Education Has Advocates in the White House

With a Biden-Harris administration, the next phase of work for early education has already begun in the US, but it must accelerate to tip the scales of political will toward real action.
01.21.21
Blog

Engaging Communities and Building Hope in Times of Crises

Working with partners such as SHOFCO helps us to support communities and address the most pressing education priorities at each step of the way.
12.21.20
Blog

Who Can “Buy Time” During a Pandemic?

To strengthen family success and remove obstacles to intergenerational mobility, we must deal with “time poverty”—the phenomenon of having too many things to do, and not enough time to complete them.
12.11.20
Blog

A Platform that Opens Up the Future of Work to Everyone Including Stu…

We invested in Career Karma because it is a promising model that helps learners access middle-to-high skill tech jobs, many of whom are women, students of color and student parents.
12.09.20
News

Career Karma Raises $10 Million Series A to Help Workers Acquire In-D…

Career Karma raises $10 million, with support from investors including Imaginable Futures to scale their platform, which helps workers navigate digital and technology career pathways.
12.02.20
Blog

Most Brazilian Students are Connected to School During Pandemic

While research organization Datafolha finds wide accessibility of education in Brazil during COVID-19, troubling indicators of inequity in learning and risk of school dropout are persistent.
11.30.20
News

Invention Opportunity in Early Learning and Development

Tom Vander Ark interviews Isabelle Hau who shares investment opportunities in early learning that could reignite an equitable start in life and long-term economic mobility for children and families.
11.24.20
Blog

Engaging and Listening to Youth in Kenya

We invested in Shujaaz because of their unique focus and commitment to listening and lifting youth voices. Understanding youth sentiment is critical for designing youth and equity-centric solutions.
11.23.20
News

Bezos Family Foundation, Mackenzie Scott Support Maternal Health Care

The Centering Healthcare Institute has announced grants totaling $13 million supporting efforts to scale up its model, which provides continuity of care from pregnancy through early childhood.
11.16.20
Blog

Global Entrepreneurship Week: What Drives You to Be An Edu-preneur?

This Global Entrepreneurship Week, we’re honoring with gratitude and celebrating all the brilliant and compassionate edu-preneurs with whom we are grateful to partner.
11.13.20
News

Peter Tabichi Hails Innovative Edtech Solutions That Can Help Childre…

Kenyan teacher and Global Teacher Prize winner Peter Tabichi has his eye on AprendiZap, a tool we've invested in. The learning platform helps children in Brazil continue to learn during the pandemic.
11.12.20
Report

Brazil’s Opportunity to Respond Creatively and Generatively to COVID-…

There is tremendous value in learning across and from different geographies. A report we commissioned draws from lessons learned on education innovation in the United States to apply to Brazil.
11.10.20
Blog

Business Unusual — It's Time to Reimagine Learning in Kenya

What if, at this moment of disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our learning systems in Kenya could be redesigned to eliminate the inequities that are embedded in our schools and communities?
10.22.20
News

Aspen Institute Announces First-Ever Parent Powered Solutions Fund Gr…

Ascend at the Aspen Institute announces winners of the Aspen Parent Powered Solutions Fund – the first student parent-led fund supporting organizations dedicated to supporting student parent success.
10.20.20
News

Handshake Raises $80M More to Build a More Diversity-Focused LinkedIn…

Handshake, which provides a platform for college students to search for work, and for recruiters to search for candidates and advertise entry-level openings, has raised $80 million.
10.15.20
News

Child Care is in Crisis. We'll Be Here to Cover It During the Turbule…

Understanding the impact of the pandemic on early learning, families and children is crucial. That is why we’re supporting Edsurge’s efforts to expand coverage on this topic.
10.14.20
News

Amy Klement on Equity and Imaginable Futures

Amy Klement joins Tom Vander Ark on the Getting Smart podcast to discuss equity, impact investment, as well learnings from our joint exploration on the future of learning with IDEO.
10.07.20
News

Takorama! Festival de Cinema Infantil Agita o Mês Das Crianças

Unprecedented in Brazil, the Takorama Festival features short films of different themes for children, youth and educators throughout the country this October.
10.05.20
News

Keeping Children Healthy and Learning During the Pandemic

On our Learning to Overcome podcast, UNICEF’s Robert Jenkins and Think Equal’s Leslee Udwin share how to help the whole child – educational and social emotional needs – during the pandemic.
10.02.20
Blog

Rising to the Moment: How Edquity Supports Students in Crisis During …

Even before the pandemic, Edquity was supporting students experiencing financial emergencies. Since March, it has scaled up efforts to reach more students in crisis, many of whom are student parents.
09.30.20
Blog

Risers’ Choice: Student Parents Pick the Innovative Solution that Hel…

Student parent judges Lesley Del Rio and Ariel Ventura-Lazo chose College Unbound to receive the $100,000 Risers’ Choice prize. In this Q&A, we find out why and what made College Unbound stand out.
09.29.20
News

The Rise Prize: Fostering Innovation to Support Student Parents

Efforts to support college students who are also parents should include flexible wraparound services tailored to the multifaceted identities of student parents.
09.23.20
Blog

Time to Innovate: How We Can Harness an Unprecedented Moment in Highe…

Life before the pandemic was not working for most student parents. Now, to survive through the pandemic, the higher education field was forced to adapt and innovate quickly.
09.23.20
News

Time to Innovate: How We Can Harness an Unprecedented Moment in Highe…

On Higher Learning Advocates’ blog, Vinice Davis calls on philanthropy to advance innovation that supports student parents by seeding and incentivizing promising ideas and evidence-based solutions.
09.21.20
Blog

Learning to Overcome

Launched with UNICEF, our new podcast features educators and innovators who share their ideas and strategies to support our students’ learning and well-being through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
09.21.20
Press Release

Imaginable Futures and UNICEF Launches New Podcast: Learning to Over…

Imaginable Futures and UNICEF release a three-part podcast series, Learning to Overcome to explore supporting students during COVID. The podcast is hosted by NPR reporter Gwen Thompkins.
09.15.20
Blog

Localized Edutainment is Changing Lives in Africa

With innovative edutainment programs, Ubongo is equipping Africa's next generation with the educational foundation, critical skills and positive mindsets to change their own lives and communities.
09.15.20
Blog

Uniting Students, Parents and Educators Online for Better Outcomes

Students in Latin America face many educational challenges due to COVID-19, but promising deployment in edtech like Blended are helping them overcome those barriers and adapt to new ways of learning.
09.10.20
News

Programs for Student Parents Need Greater Focus on ROI (Cost + Career…

The Rise Prize shows how much energy has been building around serving student parents. To keep up the momentum, we must learn from the innovators working in this space, and creatively fill the gaps.
09.10.20
News

Helping Student Parents Overcome Barriers

A new report from Imaginable Futures and Lumina Foundation examines promising ideas and practices in supporting student parents, common barriers to success, as well as innovative ways to overcome the…
09.09.20
Report

Fostering Innovation to Support Student Parents

Student parents make up 22% of the undergraduate population. This report from Imaginable Futures and Lumina Foundation shares the solutions that exist & the opportunities to support and lift up them.
09.08.20
News

What If the Redesign of Education Put Racial and Social Equity at Its…

"Learning has been disrupted because of the pandemic, yet also reimagined. I don't fantasize remote learning will ever be as good as being in school," shares our Amy Klement in Impact Alpha.
08.20.20
Report

What If We Adopted Radical Thinking for Equitable Futures?

Amy Klement and Erin Simmons share our Learning Reimagined: Radical Thinking for Equitable Futures report and invite you explore drivers of change, early signals of hope and future scenarios.
08.20.20
Report

Learning Reimagined: Radical Thinking for Equitable Futures

What if our learning systems could be redesigned to eliminate embedded inequities? Read our report Learning Reimagined: Radical Thinking for Equitable Futures.
08.19.20
Blog

From Viral Photo to Vital Program: Morehouse College’s Fathers to the…

In this Q&A, we asked the team behind Morehouse College’s Fathers to the Finish Line Initiative to share the inspiration behind their program and their experience participating in the Rise Prize.
08.05.20
Blog

A Step Toward Democratizing Our Program Funding Decisions

We teamed up with the Lemann Foundation to commit a combined $1 million for a COVID-19 emergency relief program in Brazil. In this post, we announce the grant recipients and the RFP process we used.
08.01.20
News

Rising up to Help Student Parents

Programs at Everett Community College and Bristol Community College, both aimed at removing barriers for student parents and helping them succeed, are among the 15 winners of the Rise Prize.
07.30.20
Blog

Rising to the Challenge

Winning solutions of the Rise Prize, announced in early July, embodied the 6 C’s for improving the success of student parents. We highlight how the winning solutions fit into the framework.
07.24.20
Blog

Students Still Need Emergency Aid

With the crisis likely to extend into the fall, we need more philanthropic investment in emergency aid for students left behind by federal programs.
07.24.20
News

Students Still Need Emergency Aid. Funders Must Step Up to Fill the G…

Vinice Davis co-authors this op/ed in Philanthropy News Digest calling for support to two groups of students left behind in the pandemic relief aid: undocumented students and student parents.
07.23.20
Blog

More Than a Quarter of Learners in Brazil Have Not Received Any Learn…

A survey study that Imaginable Futures co-funded with Lemann Foundation and Itaú Social uncovers learning activities in Brazil since COVID-19. Erin Simmons and Nathalie Zogbi reflect on findings.
07.16.20
Blog

Reimagining and Co-creating a Brighter and More Positive Future

Michelle Weise shares why she is energized to be joining the team at Imaginable Futures in a dual capacity as both a Senior Advisor and Entrepreneur-In-Residence.
07.15.20
News

Research Team Explores Global Scales of Early Development

A research team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center was awarded $430,000 in funding from five foundations to conduct the first U.S.-based validation of a new scale of early child development.
07.12.20
News

Imaginable Futures, Lumina Foundation Announce Rise Prize Winners

Imaginable Futures, a venture of the Omidyar Group, and Lumina Foundation have announced grants totaling $1.55 million to the fifteen winners of the Rise Prize.
07.09.20
News

ASU Launches Bilingual Chatbot to Reach Parents Who Want to Go to Col…

An upcoming expansion of an Arizona State University chatbot, Sunny, hopes to make higher education easier for any parent to access. ASU was one of the 15 winners of the Rise Prize.
07.08.20
Press Release

15 Winners Awarded $1.55 Million Rise Prize to Advance Innovative Sol…

Announcing the 15 winners of the Rise Prize, awarding $1.55 million in combined prizes to the best innovative ideas supporting the postsecondary success of student parents.
07.01.20
News

Composer Helps Teachers To String Together Citizenship Learning Exper…

A new Bay Area nonprofit, Composer, has developed a platform that seeks to be a place for educators to access the world’s best citizenship education resources from more than 30 content providers.
06.26.20
News

Como Será a Volta às Aulas Após a Temporada Compulsória De Ensino On-…

As the debate about virtual classes intensifies, research organization Datafolha discovers that 58% of parents in Brazil consider it very difficult for students to maintain a study routine.
06.25.20
Blog

Making Education Dreams a Reality for Teen Parents and Their Children

By investing in student parents & organizations that center their lived experiences, Imaginable Futures is committed to helping Generation Hope turn the statistics on student parents around—for good.
06.25.20
News

COVID-19 Underlines Equity Gaps, Not Just In Health—but In Education …

Ensuring education and training is both accessible and tied to jobs isn’t just an economic issue – but also one of racial equality.
06.23.20
News

Rede Pública Oferece Atividade Escolar a Distância Para 74% Dos Alunos

A survey conducted by Datafolha found that 74% of public school students in Brazil receive some non-classroom teaching content, but one in four students is without any type of teaching activity.
06.19.20
Blog

Juneteenth: A Day to Celebrate, Reflect and Learn — Together

On Juneteenth, we celebrate the progress towards racial justice in the US, but also recognize the reality of how systemic racism has historically impacted and still permeates society.
06.11.20
Blog

A Bright Light of Inclusive Collaboration During Dark Times

We’re proud to partner with Common Sense on new free content, activities and resources in English and Spanish to keep kids active, entertained & learning this summer, available on Wide Open School.
06.11.20
News

Child Care and Early Education Providers Are in Crisis. How Are Funde…

There is a near-universal consensus that early learning programs can break cycles of poverty and lead to lasting upward mobility. But they have always been fragile, and now more so due to COVID-19.
06.10.20
Blog

Announcing Finalists of the Rise Prize

Twenty-six finalists from more than 300 applications are selected for innovative solutions that support student parent success, in a joint initiative of Imaginable Futures and Lumina Foundation.
06.05.20
Blog

In Support of Black Families and Children

There is much work to do. We are failing the challenge before us and we don’t have all the answers on the path ahead. Yet, we have an unshakable commitment to listening, learning and acting together.
05.30.20
Blog

The Next Pandemic: Mental Health

The first wave of the crisis affected physical health, the second wave is economic. Now comes the third wave—mental health—and our system is ill-prepared.
05.30.20
News

The Next Pandemic: Mental Health

Isabelle Hau and Cindy Minn write in EdSurge on the looming mental health crisis — the third wave of the pandemic; and call on the urgent need to invest in solutions.
05.20.20
News

Report on Student Parents’ Experiences Highlights Lack of Support in …

A report by Generation Hope reveals concerns from student parents, such as feeling disconnected and unwelcomed, in need of family-friendly policies, and assistance in applying for aid.
05.19.20
Blog

Helping Countries Get Smarter About Funding Education

With the World Bank we are creating the Global Edtech Readiness Index, a benchmarking instrument for pilot countries to assess how ready their ecosystems are to roll out edtech solutions.
05.19.20
News

Con Isolamento Prolongado, Cresce Temor De Pais Sobre Evasão Escolar …

Due to prolonged isolation caused by COVID-19, the risk of dropping out of school for students in Brazil has increased, according to survey findings from research organization Datafolha.
05.14.20
Blog

Coronavirus Scare Has Exposed Cracks in Our Systems

We have a keen eye on how the strengths of student parents can improve the academic outcomes of not only their children, but also will have a broader societal impact.
05.12.20
Blog

Providing Flexibility and Support for Post-Traditional Students, incl…

PelotonU is rising up to support students and families, quickly adapt their program to the new normal and undertake deep reflection to ensure long-term impact and sustainability themselves.
05.08.20
News

Foundations Pledge Support for COVID-19 Relief

As COVID-19 continues to spread, funders and investors including Imaginable Futures, are stepping up to meet the immediate needs of individuals and vulnerable populations impacted by the virus.
05.06.20
News

A Call for Ideas to Help Student Parents Succeed During and After COV…

The global pandemic has caused an unprecedented uncertainty for many, including student parents. The Rise Prize seeks to support innovations that meet the challenges they face in their journey.
05.05.20
Blog

Part 2: Our First Steps to Deploy More Than $3 Million in Immediate R…

In Part 2, Amy Klement, shares the investments Imaginable Futures has made both within its current portfolio as well as new investments that will help those in need.
05.04.20
Blog

Part I: Our Portfolio Responds with Action and Innovation to Keep Lea…

In this two-part series, Amy Klement shares how she is looking at the education landscape and how Imaginable Futures might best help learners around the world against the current crisis.
05.01.20
Blog

We Need Innovative Thinking for Student Parents Now More than Ever

We need bold ideas now more than ever to help student parents not only survive this crisis, but thrive today and in the future.
04.30.20
Blog

$1 Million Commitment In Emergency Relief Funding For Learners In Bra…

To help communities in Brazil, Imaginable Futures has teamed up with the Lemann Foundation to establish an emergency relief fund.
04.28.20
Blog

The Time is Now to Invest In Our Children’s Futures

We invested in Capita because we knew then that we wanted to imagine a different future, particularly for young children and their families. Today, it’s even more important.
04.28.20
News

Women Face Amplified Risks in the Pandemic. Funders are Responding

Imaginable Futures is among funders stepping up to fill the gaps in public support for women, who face multiple challenges during the pandemic, including securing child care.
04.20.20
Blog

Early Learning Post COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic requires us to rebuild a childcare and early childhood education system that works for everyone. Through our GSV session, we present solutions to do just that.
04.09.20
Blog

Guest Blog: One Student Parent Shares the Impact of the Crisis

Student parents are one of the most impacted communities due to the pandemic, as they are feeling the effects of the unfolding challenges at every level.
03.25.20
Blog

Building Lifelong Learners with Cartoons, Music and Fun

Ubongo aims to educate African children by leveraging technology common among most African families — radio, TV, mobile and paperback books — to deliver local language educational content.
03.19.20
Blog

An Open Letter to Our Partners

With the global COVID-19 pandemic impacting all our lives – and the lives of our families and communities around the world – we are thinking of you, what you may need and how we can best assist.
03.09.20
Blog

Celebrating—and Elevating—Women Entrepreneurs

For International Women's Day, we honor our Imaginable Futures portfolio and the incredible women who have persevered to be part of the solutions for learners and their families.
03.06.20
News

Analysis: Investing in the Education of Student Parents Benefits Ever…

Isabelle Hau co-authors this op/ed with funding partners highlighting ways philanthropy can support student parents and also shares our two-generation support model and the Rise Prize.
03.04.20
Blog

Addressing the Whole Entrepreneur

At Imaginable Futures, we carry the whole-child philosophy into how we interact with entrepreneurs. Call it our “whole entrepreneur” philosophy.
02.25.20
News

How Parents of Young Kids Make it Through College

High quality on-site childcare helps student parents beat the odds and graduate. From policymakers to funders, support has been rising to support the needs of student parents, including childcare.
02.20.20
Blog

A Mentor in Every Classroom: Building Africa's Future Generation of L…

We are inspired by Educate! whose focus on youths in Africa is rooted in scaled impact and systemic reform.
02.19.20
News

Dozens of Colleges Pledged to Enroll More Low-Income Students. So Why…

Imaginable Futures' Rise Prize is mentioned in the Chronicle of Higher Education's "The Edge" a weekly roundup of people, trends and ideas reshaping education.
02.12.20
News

$1 Million Rise Prize announced to fund innovative solutions to suppo…

Awarding $1 million in combined prizes to 10 innovative ideas supporting parents’ postsecondary education success.
02.12.20
News

Student Parents Have Our Attention – Now They Need Action

We must serve student parents better. While the increased attention over the past few years has been critical, we’re still doing far too little to actually design education solutions for parents.
02.06.20
Blog

Funding Basic Needs for All Students, Including Those Raising Families

When 10 tornadoes ripped through the Dallas, it left $2 billion in damages and thousands of displaced people in its wake. Many of them were college students.
01.27.20
News

Omidyar Network’s Latest Spin-Out, Its Sixth, Focuses on Education

Imaginable Futures, Omidyar Networks’ latest spinout, will focus on early childhood through adult learning in Africa, Latin America and the U.S, while working closely with Omidyar Network India.
01.24.20
News

Imaginable Futures, New Global Philanthropic Investment Firm Focused …

Launches with $200 million of capital invested and $150 million from philanthropists Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Will focus on the future of learning across US, Africa and Latin America.
01.24.20
Blog

Introducing Imaginable Futures

We’re thrilled to share that after seven years as Omidyar Network’s Education initiative, today we launch as Imaginable Futures, an independent global philanthropic investment firm focused on the fut…
01.24.20
News

Education-focused Imaginable Futures is Omidyar Network's Latest Spin…

Omidyar Network is spinning off its education initiative into a standalone entity. Called Imaginable Futures, it will invest in for-profit and non-profit ventures addressing the future of learning.
01.24.20
Press Release

Imaginable Futures, New Global Philanthropic Investment Firm Focused …

Launches with $200 million of capital invested and $150 million from philanthropists Pierre and Pam Omidyar. Will focus on the future of learning across US, Africa and Latin America.
01.23.20
Blog

For Estefania, Rosa and Susan, Learning Never Stops

Laboratoria exists to drive a more diverse, inclusive and competitive digital economy in Latin America, that opens up opportunities for all people, equally.
01.23.20
Blog

Creating the Foundation for Future Generations

Despite the growing need, the dream of building new opportunities for young learners can be a challenge. Qualified leaders face hurdles in many different areas, just to be able to open up their doors.
01.23.20
Blog

Video Stories From Our Portfolio: SPARK Schools

SPARK Schools is an independent network of affordable private schools in South Africa offering globally competitive education.
01.23.20
News

Omidyar Network Spins Off Education Portfolio Into Independent Invest…

Omidyar Network announces the latest and final spinoff of its education intiaitive, now Imaginable Futures led by Amy Klement.
12.03.19
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Equitable Tech: Delivering High-Impact Learning with a Human Touch

Education is supposed to prepare children for the future, yet the current system is 100 years behind the times.
10.31.19
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Reducing Disparities in Birth Outcomes and Early Development

We know that cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development are all critical elements of a child’s school and life readiness. However, we don’t always make the connection back to the key healt…
10.01.19
Press Release

Home Grown: A Solution to America’s Child Care Crises

A group of 10 funders today announced a new collaborative, Home Grown, to improve home-based child care in the United States. Home Grown will increase access to and the quality of home-based child ca…
10.01.19
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Collaborating for Infants and Toddlers: Investing in Home-Based Care

If you’re a parent of a young child, searching for the perfect fit for child care can often be a struggle.
10.01.19
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Why We Invested: All Our Kin Is Increasing Quality in (Home-Based) Ch…

Through guided play and exploration at Ms. Kelly’s family child care program, Nevaeh builds math, literacy, and social emotional skills in a nurturing, educational environment.
08.13.19
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Power in the Palm of Your Hand

In most parts of Asia, smartphones are king. They’re the sole mode of communication for millions of Indonesians, connecting remote island dwellers to the outside world, and the de facto wallet for Ch…
08.13.19
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Equitable EdTech from the Top-Down

The Brookings Institute estimates that it will take 100 years for the world’s poor children to reach the same education levels as the wealthy at today’s pace. It’s a daunting statistic.
08.05.19
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Holberton School Is Poised to Unlock Human Potential Globally

Nearly two years ago, our team at Omidyar Network Education invested in Holberton School. At the time, Holberton had a single campus in San Francisco. We were excited by their innovative approach to …
07.23.19
Report

Move Beyond the Mirage: Embracing Deep Collaboration to Transform Out…

More than 800 million children and young people will lack the basic skills or qualifications needed for the modern workforce. Disruption is needed to address this challenge, and the answer can’t be m…
05.21.19
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Change Starts with Teachers!

Teachers are the single most important factor in improving student achievement. That’s why, while most education innovation is geared toward students — helping them learn, study, or gain access to on…
05.06.19
Report

What Did We Learn From Listening to 4,800+ Customers in Omidyar Netwo…

In 2018, Omidyar Network’s Education initiative, in partnership with Lean Data, conducted a 12-week “Sprint” to collect customer feedback and impact data across our global portfolio.
05.06.19
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Learning by Listening to Those We Serve

Jessica and I are both parents of young children, and as we go into each day, we do our best to listen to our kids to help guide them to learn and grow. What they are thinking, how they are feeling, …
04.07.19
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Redefining Family Engagement for Today’s Parents and Caregivers

I recently visited Bright Beginnings, an early childhood and family learning center in Washington, D.C. Even the fact that they call themselves a “family learning center” speaks to their emphasis on …
03.25.19
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Delivering Equitable Ed-Tech at Scale

In countries around the world, technology is playing an increasingly important role in education systems, schools, and at home. For instance, in Chile, teachers are trying out tablet-based software t…
03.24.19
Report

Scaling Access & Impact: Realizing the Power of EdTech

There are 250 million learners around the world who have finished their schooling – yet aren’t able to read or write well and lack the skills they will need to succeed in the 21st century. The Brooki…
03.24.19
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Robust Ecosystems Are Key To Equitable EdTech

With excitement, we share our new report, Scaling Access & Impact: Realizing the Power of EdTech, one of the most ambitious deep dives to date into the world of education technology (EdTech).
02.27.19
News

Omidyar Network Publishes Report on Early Childhood Education, Sees B…

Isabelle Hau, a former investment banker at Morgan Stanley (where I originally met her more than a decade ago), now serves as the investment partner for US Education at Omidyar Network. She joined me…
02.05.19
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Watch the Highlights from “Early Futures”

Omidyar Network, in partnership with Sesame Workshop and Promise Venture Studio, hosted Early Futures, a first-of-its-kind event focused on early childhood development. For two action-packed days in …
01.31.19
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How Female Tech Talent Is Creating an Inclusive Digital Economy in La…

More than 22 million young people in Latin America and the Caribbean neither work nor study. That number is slightly higher than the population of Chile, and two and a half times as many people as li…
01.30.19
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Big Ideas for Little Learners from the SXSW EDU Community

Earlier this month, Omidyar Network released a report called Big Ideas, Little Learners highlighting the mega trends and impactful innovations that we see changing the way our youngest members of soc…
01.29.19
Blog

Filling the Middleware Gap across Latin America

Since we started investing in education across Latin America in 2015, we have been primarily focused on companies that are developing innovative classroom technology that supports individual, persona…
01.09.19
Report

Big Ideas, Little Learners: Early Childhood Trends Report

There is no question that the past 50 years have seen major progress in practices for young children and families. In addition, tremendous breakthroughs in brain science have clearly established why …
01.09.19
Blog

Big Ideas, Little Learners

Looking Back: Early Childhood Progress in Past 50 Years
12.12.18
Press Release

Agenda Edu Receives Investment from Omidyar Network to Scale its Plat…

Agenda Edu (www.agendaedu.com), a platform that increases engagement in school settings, announced today that Omidyar Network, the philanthropic fund created by Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam Omidya…
11.28.18
Blog

High quality, interactive online teaching to disrupt after-school lea…

Pallavi is an eleventh grade student from Kharagpur, a small town in India that is well known for having one of India’s finest engineering colleges. She and her father aspire for Pallavi to become a …
11.28.18
Press Release

Leaders and Most Promising Ventures in Early Childhood Development Co…

Today, Omidyar Network, Sesame Workshop, and Promise Venture Studio will kick off Early Futures – a two-day event featuring more than 200 experts, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and policymak…
11.28.18
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Keeping a Promise for Early Childhood Development

Although there has been a significant increase over the last 10 years in entrepreneurial activity in US K-12 and higher education, the same cannot be said for early childhood innovation that targets …
11.26.18
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The Time is Now: Investing Early in Our Children’s Future

Innovation in meeting the needs of young children is not a new thing. Head Start and Sesame Street were both born out of the War on Poverty in the 1960s, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood celebrated it…
11.01.18
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A Two Generation Approach to Early Childhood

When Brittany Block was in her early 20s, she was building a successful career: earning a cosmetology credential and supervising airline operations. Her life was upended when she met a partner that s…
10.31.18
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Democratizing Education-to-Career Pathways

To gain career experience and help pay for her school tuition, she works part-time on campus and last summer interned with KWCH News 12 Wichita, a local news station. Carolina found and secured both …
10.30.18
Press Release

Early Career Network Handshake Raises $40 Million in Series C Funding…

Handshake, the leading career network for U.S. college students, announced today that it has closed a $40 million Series C funding round led by the EQT Ventures fund ("EQT Ventures"), a European mult…
10.25.18
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Pushing the Frontiers of Science and Impact in Early Childhood to Sca…

For people currently working in early childhood, the time when we did not understand the importance of the first five years of life may seem like a distant past. We now recite with ease the criticali…
10.16.18
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Parents are the Future: Reimagining Postsecondary Opportunities for P…

Sarah was a teacher’s aide and wanted to take her passion for children to the next level and become a certified teacher. Alejandro needed financial stability, and saw a career in accounting as a path…
09.24.18
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Education: Why Radical Collaboration is Needed to Support Education S…

This week, the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly opened, and global leaders are actively discussing our progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
09.04.18
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The Promise of Equitable Edtech: Debunking Three Common Edtech Myths

Across the US and around the world, education technology, or “edtech,” has been under attack.
08.23.18
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How Technology Can Help Underserved Children Learn

Education technology (also known as “edtech”) too often seems like a luxury found only in well-off communities.  But while it does have the potential to exacerbate inequities in education, it can act…
08.13.18
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Bridging the Gap Between High Quality Content and Technology

How will technology impact learning outcomes? It has become increasingly clear that just getting computers to students does not improve learning outcomes. In a recently published review of evidence b…
07.24.18
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Can student-centered, tech-enabled learning transform literacy and nu…

Sub-Saharan Africa remains the worst performing region in education outcomes with 40 percent of children not meeting basic outcomes in literacy and numeracy.
07.12.18
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How Khan Academy Kids is Helping All Children Prepare for Kindergarten

Today, Khan Academy announces the launch of Khan Academy Kids — the first early learning platform that is both personalized and focused on the whole child — and we could not be more excited for them …
04.13.18
Blog

EDUpreneurs Wanted

Despite progress over the past 20 years to increase access to education around the globe, we remain in a global learning crisis. According to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, more than 617 millio…
04.11.18
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Waterford UPSTART: Expanding School Readiness for Early Learners

When Kara’s* oldest son came home from his school in Indiana with a flier for a new program promoting school readiness, her first thought was “I don’t know what to expect, but it’s worth a try.”
04.09.18
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Why We Invested: Holberton School

One of the biggest issues facing higher education in the US today is return on investment. Is the price of a higher education leading to a fulfilling professional career that will enable a student to…
04.05.18
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Why We Invested: Varthana

Like everywhere, parents in India demand the best possible education for their children. Today, Indian parents perceive that private schools offer a higher quality education than government-run schoo…
03.26.18
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4.0 Schools Expands to Include Breakthrough Ideas for Early Learners

Melanie Richardson, a mental health professional, and Christine Neely, an educator, were twenty-year veterans in their respective fields and met as colleagues while delivering a community based liter…
03.15.18
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Honoring Omidyar Network’s Women Entrepreneurs Changing Education

During Women’s History Month, we want to celebrate women we feel fortunate to work with every day who are pursuing big, bold visions to create positive change for millions of children and families in…
03.05.18
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Four Learnings from Omidyar Network and DonorsChoose Early Learning I…

As any parent knows, focusing a three-year-old on any activity requires creativity and perseverance. Imagine if you also had to impart the intellectual, emotional, and social competencies a child wil…
01.24.18
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Why We Invested: Wildflower Schools

Children are naturally curious. Interacting with their world and their teachers can ignite that curiosity. But they need the space for the spark to occur, and too often our youngest learners don’t ha…
01.17.18
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Why We Invested: ParentPowered

Parents are both the first teachers for their children and stewards for their future learning. Interactions between child and parent in the first few years of life are tremendously important for a ch…
01.08.18
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Why We Invested: Wonderschool

One of the best parts about working and investing in the education sector is having the privilege to meet and connect with educators who dedicate their lives to developing future generations.
12.11.17
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How can Tech Platforms enable a new Early Childhood Workforce?

At Omidyar Network, we look at the transformative power of technology to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems. And with our investments in US education, we are seeking to address …
10.04.17
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Future of Work = Early Learning Today

The rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning is already disrupting our notions of work and education, and as AI grows more powerful it will dramatically change the skill…
09.14.17
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Why We Invested: MissionU

For millions of young Americans, a four-year college degree is the gateway to a modern career. Many others, though, want or need the chance to pursue a rewarding career path sooner and are looking fo…
08.23.17
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Why We Invested: NewSchools Venture Fund Early Learning Challenge

Edtech is on track to be a $252 billion global industry by 2020, bringing more innovative education tools to the hands of students, teachers, and families around the world.
08.08.17
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Why We Invested: Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten is taking education technology outdoors, supporting a play-based, early learning movement that is helping thousands of children in nearly every US state become more ready for kindergarte…
07.17.17
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Why We Invested: DonorsChoose.org

We believe there are few better paths to opportunity and a bright future than a good education, and that an education that begins early in a child’s life sets the tone for everything that follows.
07.13.17
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Why We Invested: Bridge International Academies

We believe education increases opportunity for all. In this new video, learn why we invested in Bridge International Academies, an organization working to improve student learning outcomes in underse…
07.13.17
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Understanding Learning Experience at IkamvaYouth

IkamvaYouth staff were stumped. Why were high numbers of learners unable to meet the minimum 75% attendance requirement of their after-school tutoring programs? It was a recurring topic at team meeti…
03.31.17
Report

Learning from Parents and Students to Improve Education In Brazil

Improving educational outcomes for Brazil’s low-to-middle-income families depends on innovations that include the participation and input of parents and students.
12.05.16
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Why We Invested: Code.org

One million of the best jobs in America may go unfilled if our children don’t learn to code. And even for those who will not become professional coders, computer literacy and the basic logic and crit…
12.02.16
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Why We Invested: Geekie

If no two students learn the same way, why do many schools teach everyone the same way? The data shows that if all students received the one-on-one support and tutoring that many more affluent studen…
10.18.16
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Why We Invested: SPARK Schools

Most people intuitively know the transformational power of a good education on the lives of individuals and their families. There is now also a host of evidence that shows that improving the quality …
08.25.16
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Why We Invested: Khan Academy

Quality early childhood learning opportunities are critical to children’s future success. From childcare to enrichment activities, these opportunities build the foundational skills and mindset to lea…
08.23.16
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Why and How Omidyar Network Invests in Education Innovation

At Omidyar Network, we believe there are few more direct pathways to opportunity than education. High-quality education can have a greater impact on a young person’s development, livelihood, economic…