Promising Start-Ups: Local Middle-Secondary Education

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Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. -Albert Einstein
Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. -Albert Einstein

Start-ups can hold the potential to offer innovative or new solutions to existing problems in a field. Therefore, we asked our experts to recommend start-up nonprofits working in their cause. We were interested in organizations that have already had an impact or that have high potential to have an impact in the future. Often, these organizations are just a few years old. How did we get these recommendations?



Year Founded Nonprofit Name Mission
1 2009 Beyond 12
Beyond 12 is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and historically underrepresented students who graduate from our nation’s colleges and universities. Through a longitudinal student tracking platform and a personalized student coaching service, Beyond 12 helps high schools and colleges provide their students with the academic, social and emotional support they need to succeed in higher education. Beyond 12’s vision is that one day, all students will have the opportunity to earn a college degree that provides them with meaningful economic and personal prospects. In order to realize this vision, Beyond 12 acts as a data and service bridge between our lower and higher education systems. By creating a critical feedback loop between K-12 (kindergarten through high school) and higher education (colleges and universities), Beyond 12 will eliminate the artificial barriers between both systems and formalize the sharing of data so students, particularly those who have been most underserved by our educational institutions, are better equipped to thrive and succeed at all levels of their educational journey.
2 2008 E3: Educational Excellence & Equity
E3 will narrow the academic achievement gap by combining trainings for teachers to develop 100% engagement curriculum and identify at-risk students least likely to succeed and transform them into engaged learners.



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