The 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator Winner

Boston Leaders for the Future of Education’s (BLFE, pronounced “Belief”) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator: USAdelante: Advancing Together. Siguiendo Adelante.  USAdelante’s vision is that every college student, regardless of origin and background, will have access to a community supporting their progress toward successfully graduating college; its mission is to create a national student-to-student support community to increase the number of college graduates and underrepresented leaders.  Click here to visit USAdelante website and click here to read USAdelante' 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator proposal.

The Boston Innovation Incubator competition was designed to support entrepreneurial educators and thinkers transform innovative ideas that would help advance public education in Boston into action. Last spring, innovators in education – including educators, students, mentors, entrepreneurs, and non-profit leaders – submitted fourteen different proposals into the 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator.

Through an on-line voting process, BLFE members cast over 1,200 votes to select the competition’s seven finalists; the finalists gathered at City Hall and presented their proposals to members of the Expert Review Panel during the 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator Finals; the Expert Review Panel reviewed and ranked each finalists’ proposals on its innovativeness and likelihood of making a lasting change for public education in Boston; results were tallied, and the winner of the 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator, USAdelante, was selected. As the winner, USAdelante will receive a $1,000 cash prize to support their innovation.

BLFE would like to thank the innovators in education that took the time to develop, write and submit their proposals into the 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator competition; this competition would not be possible without their commitment and energy toward improving public education in Boston. BLFE would also like to thank following seven members of the Expert Review Panel for their time, support, feedback and participation in the 2012 Boston Innovation Incubator:g

  • Boston Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Carol R. Johnson
  • MA State Representative & Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, Alice H. Peisch
  • Boston City Councillor & Vice Chair of the Education Committee, Tito Jackson
  • Education Advisor to Mayor Menino, Martha Pierce
  • BPS high school student & Boston Student Advisory Council Member, Heaven Reda
  • MA Secretary of Education, Paul Reville
  • EdVestors, Senior Vice President, Janet Anderson.