Teacherpreneur offers teachers support, time and space to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of their students and their profession. Thanks to support from the Benwood Foundation, a partnership between PEF and HCDE, and modeled after CO.LAB’s 48HR Launch, the Incubator brings together teachers, business people, and community members to launch transformative ideas, growing them into scalable, sustainable programs and businesses.  


After a competitive selection process, 8 weeks of planning and an intense 48 hours of pitch preparation, Teacherpreneurs compete for the funding to make those ideas a reality at the Pitch Night in front of the community and judges.

2020-2021 Teacherpreneur Incubator applications for cohort 7.0 are now open until August 17, 2020!

For Teacherpreneur Incubator, we are not looking for polished business plans or grant applications; rather we are pursuing interesting ideas from passionate educators (or teams of educators) who want to impact their classroom, school, and/or community. The Teacherpreneur Incubator is open to all Hamilton County classroom educators, counselors, media specialists and coaches.

2020 Important Dates

  • Applications close August 17 at midnight.

  • Incubator course will meet virtually once a week September through October (dates TBD) except for fall break.

  • The 48HR Incubator weekend will be held on October 23 and 24 (as of now, in person).

  • Pitch Night will be held on Sunday, October 25 (as of now, in person).


*Applicants must be available to participate in the incubator course, the 48HR Incubator, and Pitch Night.

Teacherpreneurs Cohorts:

2019: Cohort 6.0

2018: Cohort 5.0

2017: Cohort 4.0

2016: Cohort 3.0

2015: Cohort 2.0

2014: Cohort 1.0


Teacherpreneur Partners

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