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The Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Social Innovation Award recognizes bold, new innovations that expand opportunities for students in low-income communities and address the root causes of educational inequity.

Overview

This annual competition brings together budding alumni and corps member entrepreneurs to compete for up to $100,000 in seed funding to develop social ventures focused on eliminating barriers to educational equity and excellence.

Winners also have the opportunity to build their network by working alongside a supportive community of social innovation leaders, and receive national and local recognition through Teach For America.

Read about the award process in our brochure. Access a recording of our informational webinar to learn about eligibility and the selection process.

“Hands down, Teach For America has been one of GirlTrek’s most important partners. Since the award and endorsement, GirlTrek has received unprecedented support.”

T. Morgan Dixon

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, GirlTrek

Metro Atlanta Corps Member 2000

Eligibility & Requirements

To be considered for the award, applicants must:

  • Be a Teach For America alum or corps member. If the applicant’s idea or venture includes several co-founders, then the applicant must be one of the co-founders.
  • Have a bold, innovative idea or venture that contributes toward ending educational inequity within the United States. We work with all business models and accept for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid business models.​
  • Have not received financial support from the overall track of the award in the past. Prior pre-pilot track winners are still eligible for the overall track.
  • ​Have not raised and/or earned more than $500,000 in collective revenue.

Award Tracks

Applicants may only apply for one of the two tracks below, selecting the track they believe best fits their current idea or venture stage.

Pre-Pilot Track

This track is intended for eligible applicants who have not yet piloted their idea or have not yet gathered evidence of impact through testing.

Pre-pilot track winners receive $10,000-$20,000 to design and launch pilots of their ideas and collect evidence of their impact.

Overall Track

This track is intended for eligible applicants who, although still in the early stages of the entrepreneurial process, have already piloted their idea, may have raised some external capital, and are ready to work (or are already working) full-time on their venture.

Overall track winners are furthest along in their endeavors. Winners will receive up to $100,000 in funding.

Apply

The launch date for the 2019 application will be released soon. Contact sei@teachforamerica.org to learn more about this opportunity.

Past Award Winners