Education is one of the most powerful levers for change. Education promises a vital path forward with opportunity and social mobility for individuals, groups, and societies. Our increasingly interconnected world continues to shed light on the compounding and intersecting challenges faced by our children, families, and communities worldwide. While we do not yet know the lasting impact—on individuals, the workforce, the economy, and our collective futures—it is evident that we must find new and effective ways to deliver the unparalleled promise of education to those who need it most.
The current momentum and urgency demands new, impactful, sustainable, and scalable ways to address persistent challenges through education innovation. To help the best ideas in education grow and flourish, we cultivate an entrepreneurial ecosystem that is rooted in excellence, evidence, embraces next-generation technology, and promotes global collaboration and impact.
The Jacobs Foundation with Penn Graduate School of Education will create a three-year pathway for education venture development, acceleration, and ecosystem engagement for the Jacobs Fellows and partner network. Jacobs Impact Fellows will be recruited from the world’s first master’s (M.S.Ed.) and dual-degree (MBA-M.S.Ed.) program in Education Entrepreneurship at the Penn GSE and the Wharton Business School. The venture acceleration program will include 6-8 months of mentoring, skill building, innovation models, coaching, and networking.
The Jacobs fellowship will include two competitive award cycles. For Phase 1, five Fellows will be selected from the current student cohort enrolled in the Education Entrepreneurship master’s program. Following an immersive 6-8 month developmental program during year 1, a Phase 2 Fellow will be selected as the winner and will receive continued one-year long support to refine, test, implement, and fund their ventures.
Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
January 2022 – June 2025