In a bid to support educational content online, Next 10 Ventures has announced a global EduCreator incubator.
The incubator program is the first of its kind, and it'll see 25 to 40 educational creators receive support with financing and developing their outlets over the next 12 months.
Next 10 Ventures will invest between $25,000 and $75,000 in helping channels evolve, as well as providing programmatic advice and mentorship to help creators turns that investment into sustainable profit. The aim is to create more full-time educational content creators.
“Creators today have influence and an ability to inspire the imagination of kids in a positive way. We have seen firsthand how impactful Creators can be in supplementing and strengthening classroom instruction,” said Next 10 Ventures CEO Benjamin Grubbs.
“Through investment, mentorship, and wellness support, we are helping Creators transform their passion for creating inspiring and entertaining education content into full-time careers and inspire kids around the world to seek out fields of study across social sciences, arts, humanities, STEM and more.”
Next 10 Ventures also welcomes Cynthia So Schroeder (main image) to the team as VP of marketing. So Schroeder brings over 20 years of experience to the company and will be tasked with leading the EduCreator project. Prior to her role at Next 10, So Schroeder led eBay’s Global Community Development and Engagement group.
“I’m beyond thrilled to join such a mission-driven team who has a deep passion for ensuring that the world has access to quality online educational content," So Schroeder added.
"We are fully committed to supporting diverse educators and their topics that inspire children and young adults to learn, seek and discover more about the world around them for the next 10 years and beyond."
“Next 10 Ventures’ EduCreator Incubator is the first step in expanding the playing field for global digital learning.”
Next 10 Ventures is a $50m operational fund for influencers and creators set up by ex-YouTube director Benjamin Grubbs. The fund aims to give new talent the financial boost and guidance required to make their work sustainable.
Creators can apply for the fund here. Applications are open until November 17th 2018.