Butler Accelerator for Education & Workforce Innovation

Accelerating and investing in education and workforce tech startups. This 12 week program invests $100k in five startups per cohort, twice a year, working at the forefront of transforming learning in the 21st century.

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About the Program

The Butler Accelerator for Education & Workforce Innovation supports startups from across the country that are best poised to transform the way individuals learn and work. Each company receives a $100k investment and 12 weeks of concierge, mentorship-based programming, networking, and potential customer introductions needed to build and grow their business. This program is open to any startup that is focused on significantly evolving the way traditional educational institutions, learning organizations, or corporations are preparing tomorrow’s learners and addressing the continually evolving needs of the future workplace.

We believe that the most creative solutions to addressing today’s most pressing challenges in education and workforce learning require founders who bring diverse perspectives and experiences, understand how to leverage advanced technology, and have the grit, determination, and curiosity to challenge the status quo in order to achieve impactful outcomes for individuals and society.

What We’re Looking For

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Focus on Systemic Change

We prioritize startups focused on driving systemic change at the school, institution, corporate, government, and community level, as well as founders that embrace technology as a way to transform stagnant industries, methods, and processes. Founders from across the country that focus on education, equity in access, future of work, workforce training innovations are encouraged to apply.

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Passionate and Dedicated Founders

Innovating education and workforce technology requires diverse experiences from the communities impacted most. We seek out marginalized founders from underrepresented groups who may have been passed over by mainstream investors and accelerators. If you fit this bill, we urge you to apply.

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Scalable Business Model

We focus on startups that have the opportunity for significant and scalable economic impact. If you are generating revenue or have a clear path toward greater adoption, we urge you to apply.

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Can We Help?

Based on our expertise in sales, marketing, go-to-market, strategy, and fundraising, we select startups that are primed for growth. If you are at a point where our network, resources and expertise can scale your impact, we urge you to apply.