The Drexel Fund delivers targeted programs to help entrepreneurs at various stages in the timeline of school development to support the creation of strong schools prior to launch.  

We are attracting new, entrepreneurial talent to the private school sector through events and trainings to inspire and educate. We will engage entrepreneurs at the earliest states of exploration, support the strongest candidates through a year-long fellowship prior to launch, and provide start-up grants to offer operational support during the key early launch years.

In our Seed work, we are seeking disruptive breakthroughs with the potential to change the future of schools.

Education Venture Incubator

The Drexel Education Venture Incubator is a national community of entrepreneurs engaging in a common set of experiences intended to allow Drexel to make small investments in seed stage ideas and to strengthen the prospect for the successful launch of new school models prior to larger investments. 

School Start-Up Grants

School leaders who are within a year of launch of a brand new private school that meet Drexel’s investment criteria and geographies can submit a business plan and five-year budget to be eligible for a multi-year school start-up investment to see the plan realized. 

Founders Program

The Drexel Fund Founders Program is a one-year fellowship that helps outstanding leaders already on the path to launching a school continue to plan and open an innovative and effective private school in one of The Drexel Fund’s target states: Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and Louisiana.