Meet our 2019 Cohort!


We partnered with Teach For America – Miami Dade to empower the next generation of edtech entrepreneurs working to address systemic inequities and challenges in our education system. Each participant will learn how to go from idea to prototype and will create a minimum viable product (MVP) that can be used to get feedback on.

Ideal candidates for the program have ideas on ways we can solve some of our biggest challenges in education through technology.


Our SIEL Cohorts have been made up of educators from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Broward, and Palm Beach. The problems they were passionate about solving ranged from improved access to eye-care and glasses for students in need to electronic hall passes to increase safety and improved communication for students who leave the room.

Our educators presented their solutions to a room full of engaged and enthusiastic supporters. Panelists from our pitch night represented the venture capital community, a multi-million dollar edtech platform, and a school district representatives from the area of student achievement.


The program includes an online curriculum and virtual experience covering the following areas:

  • Design Thinking – design solutions to complex problems using research backed techniques.
  • User Testing – learn directly from your intended users and customers.
  • Scaling Lean – grow and expand your impact with little to no capital.
  • Pitch Coaching – develop a compelling business pitch to present to stakeholders and/or investors.

When does the next cohort start?

The next cohort – Cohort 2020 – begins on Tuesday, June 23rd 2020 and will meet in-person on Tuesday’s from 6-9pm and online on Thursday’s from 6-8pm.

How long does the program last?

The program goes from June 23rd thru July 30th and ends in a Pitch Night at CIC Miami.

Do participants earn a stipend?

Each participant in the cohort will receive a $150 stipend to support travel and expenses.

S.I.E.L. Impact



88% students
free or reduced lunch

Past Participants

George Caesar
B&G Smoothies

Maeva Renaud
The People’s Cafe

Theodore Swett and Natalia Montero
Village App

Meet our past cohorts