Proving your solution has impact is hard; scaling it across schools is even more complex.

We’ve coordinated a network of school districts to help you pilot, prove, and grow your solution, and we’ve developed a curriculum focused on the nuances of the K12 market.



The K12 Fellowship is designed to measure your ventures’ impact and maximize its business viability. During the fellowship, you will co-design a pilot study with a partner school and researcher and act on direct feedback from school communities.

The fellowship spans six months with three, mandatory in-person workshops. During this time
(in addition to your pilot study) you'll work with the LEANLAB staff and our mentor network to refine your business model and sales strategy. The K12 Fellowship is the only U.S program that gives education entrepreneurs immediate access to a diverse and representative network of pilot classrooms.

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I’ve yet to come across any accelerator as dedicated as LEANLAB is to impacting education’s true end-user: the students. The opportunity to learn from fellow education entrepreneurs, conduct research at a school site, and think deeply about business development has been invaluable.

Shanti Elangovan, inquirED

Program Elements

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School Partnerships
We match you with a school in need of your solution. Throughout the fellowship, you refine your solution with a dedicated end user (e.g. teacher, administrator, or instructional coach) in a real-world environment. Learn more

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We want to help you build the most evidence-backed solution possible. To do this, you will design a research hypothesis influenced by Design-Based Implementation Research (DBIR)—a mixed methods and iterative research approach—under the guidance of an experienced researcher and your school end user.

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We connect you with the right person at the right time. Our mentors include teachers, superintendents, angel and venture investors, alumni, and experienced entrepreneurs; all individuals that are dedicated to helping you succeed in the K12 sector. Learn more


Along with personalized coaching, you will work through a vetted, venture-readiness curriculum with a specific focus on navigating K12 sales. We help you design a go-to-market strategy, leveraging rigorous research on K12, district-purchasing practices.