• What We Do at ImpactLab


    ImpactLab helps educators turn their best ideas into sustainable, scalable programs and ventures.



    Our programs include:

    ImpactLab MICRO: A month-long program for teachers wanting to refine, prototype and build out an idea for improving education.

    Intrapreneur Fellowship [for K12 teachers]

    Teacher Leadership + Entrepreneurial Mindset

    At ImpactLab we believe the deepest insights into problems and possibilities come from practitioners. In K12 education that means teachers. These same teachers, however, aren’t always viewed and supported as creative problem solvers. Their insights - some of the best ideas in education - are simply left at the table to gather dust.


    We're changing that.


    ImpactLab's Intrapreneur Fellowship embraces visionary educators and builds their capacity to turn insights into solutions. In a year-long model, Intrapreneur provides coaching, expert mentoring, peer sharing and a variety of learning frameworks that cultivate a can-do mindset while imparting practical how-to skills associated with entrepreneurship.


    Intrapreneur is a solution for schools and districts looking to build a culture of innovation and a locally-designed school program, to support teacher growth and retention and to attract creative, innovative teachers to their team. Contact us to learn more.

    ImpactLab Enterprise: An incubator program for mission driven, early stage education entrepreneurs.

    Enterprise Accelerator [for entrepreneurs]

    Create Impact Faster

    Following the mantra, "Think Big, Build Small," Enterprise supports early-stage education entrepreneurs through an individualized three-month program where they are both nurtured and pushed. Enterprise fellows receive extensive coaching and gain access to a network of mentors and downstream opportunities.


    Apply: The application for Enterprise is now closed.

    ImpactLab :: Coaching for education innovators

    Coaching for Innovators

    Education Innovators need feedback. We've got you covered.

    If you're a current K12 teacher and are working on an innovative idea or program for change at your school we're here to help you through our Innovators' Office Hours.

    Building innovation in the face of naysayers and countless barriers is tough. We want to help you clarify your idea, get unstuck, strategize, strengthen your program model and connect to resources and communities. We offer our coaching service remotely or in-person here in Austin. Sign up here to request a coaching session and we'll follow up with details.

  • Core Beliefs

    The ideas that drive us

    Elevate the Practitioners
    In any industry it is the practitioners who have the deepest insights into problems, solutions and possibilities. K12 education is no exception.

    • Diversity Required

    If we are going to manifest a more equitable and adaptive education system we need to engage the full spectrum of stakeholders in envisioning and executing that reality.

    Entrepreneurship & Social Change
    Entrepreneurship - the creation of value through insight, self-motivated action and commitment - is the most effective, sustainable lever to bring about enduring social change.

    Idealism + Execution

    The combination of idealism and execution skills within an individual or a team is a world-beater. A world-saver.

    • Connect & Collaborate

    Entrepreneurs are driven individuals but individual drive on its own does not bring success. Entrepreneurs need support, guidance and a community of peers.

    • Invest in Individuals

    Individuals aren't widgets. They are creative beings who without warning may see a path to new possibilities. We need to spark self-awareness and cultivate capacity and a sense of agency within individuals - a belief reflected in all ImpactLab does.

  • Who We Are

    John Raymond - Founder and CEO of ImpactLab

    John Raymond

    CEO / Founder

    Builder of bridges, breaker of stereotypes, creator of value.


    John is an educator and an entrepreneur - equal parts idealist and executor. With over twenty years experience in K12 running everything from a high school classroom to an edtech conference to a for-profit SaaS enterprise, John is focused now on ensuring educators' best insights are captured and turned into sustainable programs and enterprises.


    Learn more about John.

    Board of Directors

    Seth Sather

    Director of Development

    The Long Center for the Performing Arts


    Lawrence D. Green




    Randy S. Ortega

    Municipal Court Prosecutor

    City of Austin


    Tracy Clark


    EdTechWomen ATX, EdCamp ATX


    Nicole Jarbo

    Director of Development

    Envision Education


    Alex Wykoff

    Interaction Designer



    Jessica Faith Carter

    University of Texas


    Ryan Lynch




    Ivy Le




    Kirshan Murphy
    Digital Marketing Consultant


    Laurie Rich

    Special Advisor on Higher Education

    Texas Workforce Investment Council


    Jeff Levine



    Danielle Rivera

    Teacher Peer Mentor

    Austin ISD


    Melissa Andrews


    University of Texas

  • Support Our Work

    ImpactLab is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and we rely on the support of people like you.


    Make a tax-deductible donation today and help us support innovative education programs.

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