When the Catalyze Challenge launched more than a year ago, the idea was to eschew isolated grants and create an “innovation engine” for funding and refining new learning models that help more students move from education to career. A big goal was to identify gaps in what was already out there.
Common Group CEO, George Vinton, discusses the challenges of gathering buy-in from both employers and students in an interview with Paul Fain.
The Catalyze Challenge is a promising and active joint venture with some pretty big names – non-profit American Student Assistance (ASA), Arnold Ventures, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Charles Koch Foundation, Charter School Growth Fund, the Joyce Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The venture – the Challenge – has parted with $10 million in funding so far to support education innovations, including their most recent round of more than $5 million to 25 organizations and initiatives nationwide.