Leap Innovations


We help educators find what works to personalize learning, from edtech tools that support teachers to programs where they can learn from one another and share ideas.

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Tech Companies

We work with the best edtech companies and start-ups from around the world to pilot their tools in real-life learning situations, collect valuable research, and scale broadly from early childhood to early college.

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Families and Communities

We believe that learning continues beyond the four walls of a classroom. We’re committed to working with families and communities to provide rich, individualized learning opportunities for students anytime, anywhere.

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Learning Exponentially. Advancing Potential.

By bridging the gap between innovation and education, we can personalize learning like never before. Driven by great educators and fueled by technology, personalized learning can transform classrooms, meet individual student needs, and enable learning anytime, anywhere.

LEAP Innovations works closely with educators to identify the best next-generation teaching and learning practices and tools. We search globally to find promising education technology products, pilot them in schools and other real-life learning environments, and quickly scale what works from pre-K to college. Headquartered in 1871, Chicago’s incubator for digital startups, we break down the silos that separate innovation in the tech sector from the real-world needs of teachers and learners.


LEAP Collaboratory

Space and programs that bring together educators, entrepreneurs, tech companies, researchers and students to share ideas, co-develop solutions, and receive training around personalized learning.

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LEAP Pilot Network

A destination for edtech companies from around the world and innovative in-school and out-of-school sites to pilot solutions using nimble, rigorous research that is relevant nationally.

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Breakthrough Schools Chicago

Strategies, supports and funding to help school leaders and their teams design and implement personalized learning school models.

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Sal Khan Visits LEAP Innovations

With support from the CME Group Foundation, LEAP Innovations convened 250 educators and stakeholders from across Chicagoland for an evening with Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy. Educators came from as far away as Batavia and Mundelein to 1871, LEAP's home and the hub for tech startups in Chicago, to hear Sal's story about founding Khan Academy and celebrate the launch of LearnStorm. LearnStorm, an online math challenge powered by Khan Academy in partnership with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, will reach more than 40,000 students across the Chicagoland area.

Sal delivered an inspiring story of entrepreneurship and emphasized the importance of personalizing learning for all students everywhere. He shared how LearnStorm is designed to help build students' confidence in math and foster a growth mindset.

LEAP Innovations and Khan Academy would like to thank all the educators and supporters who attended this special event and a very special thanks goes to the CME Group Foundation for making the event possible, and to our hosts at 1871.

To see photos of the event, click here.

Companies - Apply Now for the LEAP Pilot Network!

Do you have a math or literacy edtech product that personalizes learning for students in grades K-8? Apply to the LEAP Pilot Network!

The LEAP Pilot Network is part of LEAP Innovations, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization focused on transforming the way kids learn by better connecting education with innovation, creating personalized learning that benefits students and their teachers.

Our Pilot Network works directly with forward-thinking educators and technology companies to identify, implement and evaluate personalized learning approaches and edtech products. In the Pilot Network, companies will benefit from product pilots with high-fidelity implementation, gain visibility with district and school leaders, and receive valuable qualitative and quantitative feedback on their products. Last year, 86 percent of Pilot Network school teams adopted their edtech product after pilots ended.

LEAP is now seeking edtech companies with math or literacy products for students in grades K-8 to pilot during the 2016-2017 school year! We are especially seeking products for middle school students (grades 5-8). Learn more and apply here. 

School Teams - Join our Pilot Network!

Interested in implementing personalized learning? Join our Pilot Network!

Looking to implement personalized learning for literacy or math in your K-8th grade classrooms? Our Pilot Network works directly with forward-thinking principals and teachers to identify, implement and evaluate personalized learning techniques and edtech products based on your school's needs.  These pilots are supported with in-person coaching, onsite observations, as well as qualitative and quantitative feedback on student growth.

The program includes a robust professional development workshop series this winter/spring and a year-long pilot beginning next fall. Learn more and fill out our interest form here.

Attend one of our events on Tuesday, December 15 or Thursday, December 17 to learn more. To RSVP, visit our Eventbrite page here

Questions? Contact Chris Liang-Vergara, LEAP's Chief of Learning Innovation, via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 312-809-7029 ext. 707.