What is ReinventEd?

ReinventEd is a competition to support grassroots innovations in education. It is organized by the College of Education with support by the Center for Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State University.

The big top-down educational reforms have not produced expected results. The time has come for grassroots, community-based innovation to change the face of education.

The ReinventEd competition is an opportunity to share your innovative project to a large audience of your peers and investors, with the prospect of winning a cash prize to support its development.

What types of projects are we looking for?

Entries may be:

  • an educational product
  • a new curriculum
  • a new organizational model
  • an interesting way to incentivize learning
  • a digital solution for learning problems
  • a resource for parents
  • a unique educational program
  • or almost anything that improves teaching and learning

The scope of the competition is intentionally broad to attract innovators from all walks of life, as long as the project pertains to education.

  • The idea has to be fresh, scalable, and related to education. Scalability is important: your project should have the potential to work in mass segments of education, even if it began in selective institutions.

  • The project must be more than just an idea, but less than a full-blown program or business. You should have a prototype or a pilot project, a proof of principle, or tangible evidence of the reality of your project. If it is a start-up, it has to be at an early stage. If it is a non-profit project, it cannot yet be receiving significant funding. If it is a school-based project, it may not yet be implemented in many other schools.

Who can participate?

  • Teams may comprise one or more individuals connected with an educational setting, a corporate or nonprofit organization, parent group or other group with a good idea. Team members do not have to be from the same organization; partnerships are welcome.

  • There are no restrictions on age, location or occupation of the participants; students of all ages and all institutions are welcome. Participants from outside of the U.S. are welcome. Teams will have to pay for their travel to Sacramento in the Fall of 2018, if selected.

  • Sac State's College of Education faculty and staff are not eligible to win the grand prize. Instead, they will be judged in a separate faculty and staff category.



Who are the judges and what do the winners get?

  • Sacramento State faculty and staff will select the semifinalists, who are eligible to attend the ReinventEd Summer Institute.

  • The final round will be judged by prominent educators and community members.

  • The Grand Prize winner will be awarded a $5,000 prize. Other sponsored prizes may be available to other finalists.



What is the Timeline?

  • November 14: A public preview of the Second Annual ReinventEd Competition as a part of Entrepreneurship Week at Sac State. This is a free, public event; RSVP recommended.

  • January 1 to March 1, 2018:  Online submissions are accepted.

  • April 2: Virtual Public Announcement of the semi-finalists on the College of Education Facebook page.

  • June 13-14: 10-15 teams will be invited to participate in a two-day ReinventEd Summer Institute for the semi-finalists. Teams unable to attend in person will be able to participate online. Portions of the Institute, such as speakers and the semi-finalist presentations, will be publicly available via Facebook LIVE.

  • Late September 2018: Based on their performance at the semi-final competition, the best teams will present their improved pitches during CelebratED week (dates TBA), where the Grand Prize winner will be selected.


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