Mayor Rahm Emanuel Introduces LEAP Innovations!

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett introduced LEAP Innovations in a big way. At our kick-off luncheon, we heard from the civic, education, and philanthropic leaders from across the city who have helped launch the initiative, including our board chair, Mark Furlong from BMO Harris Bank, and Leo Melamed of CME Group. We also met one special student who reminded us what it’s really all about. Thanks for joining us, Juvon!

Our keynote speaker, co-founder and CEO of GSV Capital Michael Moe, braved some nasty Chicago weather and a car ride from Milwaukee just to be there. (Thank you, Michael!) He shared his vision for the next American Revolution, one in which education innovation transforms learning and revitalizes our economy. Check out his presentation here.

Special thanks to Motorola Mobility for hosting us, and to all of our funders and board members for their support. 

Education: The Next Great American Innovation


Throughout history, Chicago has been home to great innovators and their big ideas, from the first skyscraper to the world's first futures exchange. Here at LEAP Innovations, we think education can be the next great American innovation - and we think Chicago is just the place to do it. 

Check out our video to learn more about LEAP and our vision. Want to join us? Get in touch with us here.

LEAP Innovations and Breakthrough Schools Featured in the Chicago Tribune

This April, seven Chicago schools, four district and three charter, were awarded grants of up to $100,000 – and made the front page of the Chicago Tribune!

These grants completed the first cohort of Breakthrough Schools: Chicago, a regional pilot of the national Next Generation Learning Challenges program. LEAP Innovations led the Chicago pilot, with support from the Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Chicago Public Education Fund. Read more about it here!