Teacher Leadership

The most effective way to increase student learning is to improve teaching. We are committed to developing teachers through every stage of their career, empowering them as professionals for the benefit of our students.


Modeled after CO.LAB’s 48HR Launch, The Teacherpreneur Incubator offers teachers support, time and space to incubate big ideas and execute them in the best interests of their students and their profession. The Incubator brings together teachers, business people, and community members to launch transformative ideas.

A partnership between PEF and HCDE, Teacherpreneur brings together educators, entrepreneurs, experts and community members to make these ideas a reality, growing them into scalable, sustainable programs and businesses.

After a competitive selection process, a summer of planning and an intense 48 hours of pitch preparation, Teacherpreneurs compete for the funding to make those ideas a reality at the Pitch Night in front of the community and judges.

Applications are open for Teacherpreneur 2018!

We have some exciting changes to the program for its fifth year!  Selected Teacherpreneurs will be part of two rounds of programming designed to take ideas and put them into action.

  • Round 1 will include an 8-week course, CO.STARTERS, led by CO.LAB expert entrepreneurial facilitators starting late-August through mid-October.
  • Round 2 is our traditional 48HR Launch weekend where Teacherpreneurs will fine-tune their pitch, graphics, and build relationships.  Educators who spend their time in the Teacherpreneur Incubator will finish with the momentum and toolkit (and hopefully funds!) to implement their ideas.
  • Teacherpreneur Pitch Night will kick off Startup Week Chattanooga on Sunday, October 21

The Teacherpreneur Incubator is open to all Hamilton County classroom educators, counselors, media specialists and coaches, and applications for this year will close on August 6, 2018.  We’re not looking for polished business plans or grant applications – we’re looking for good ideas and passionate educators (or teams of educators) who want to make those ideas real.


Important dates:

  • Idea workshops:

Sign up for a workshop here

July 9 at 4:30pm (@ The Edney Floor Five)

July 14 at 10am (@ The Camp House)

July 18 at 10am (@ The Edney Floor Five)

  • Office hours:

Sign up for office hours here

July 27, 9a-12p

August 2, 12-4p

August 3, 2-5p

August 4, 10a-12p (Remote)

August 6, 10a-6p

  • Applications close August 6 at midnight
  • Selections made mid-August
  • CO.STARTERS course* will meet once a week starting the last week of August through the 48HR Launch (dates TBD)
  • The 48HR Launch weekend is October 19-21*
  • Pitch Night is October 21*

*Applicants must be available to participate in the 8-week CO.STARTERS course and 48HR Launch 


For more information on Teacherpreneur contact:

Kate Skonberg  Teacher Engagement Coordinator

423.648.4444 • mailto:kate@pefchattanooga.org