An engaged community of parents, students, teachers, and mentors is the secret sauce to everything we do.

LEANLAB mentors have deep domain expertise in a variety of industries pertinent to an education entrepreneur’s success! These respected professionals have donated their most precious resource, their time, to accelerate the impact of innovation in education. Mentorship opportunities range from one-off participation in individual sessions with fellows, to sitting on one of the curated mini-boards dedicated to each venture. LEANLAB mentors are carefully curated for the specific needs of each entrepreneur.

Carlos Antequera

Co-Founder & Managing Director at Novel Growth Partners

kiara butler

Chief Executive Officer at Diversity Talks

Graham Forman

Founder and Managing Director at Edovate Capital

Rebecca Hall

Program Officer at Hall Family Foundation

darcy howe

Managing Director, KCRise venture fund

thad langford

Venture investor; Entrepreneur

Lesa Mitchell

Managing Director, Techstars

Denise St. Omer

Philanthropy and Equity Leader for Inclusion and Social Change

Melissa roberts

Non-profit entrepreneur, advocacy expert

wayne threatt

Board Member at Pacesetter CDE

Dr. kia turner

Teacher development and education leadership

Sherman Whites

Director at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

murray woodard

Program Officer at Kauffman Foundation