In today’s Knowledge Economy, what one learns often determines what one earns. And, the information and networks one can access determines ones ability to fully participate in economic and civic life.
While our systems of formal K-12 and higher education strain to modernize, new market driven, technology based approaches offer the promise of transformational change at the systemic and the individual levels. Students and life-long learners can increasingly take control of their own education and skill development.
Institutions can expand their offerings beyond the walls of the classroom and campus and use enhanced assessment tools to target teaching. More advanced, more accessible, and more affordable products and services for learners and teachers represent the best hope for the change at the scale we need.
At City Light, we are actively seeking to invest in the mission-driven companies that will make educational attainment possible and measurable.
Success in the Knowledge Economy requires more than a good education — it requires a constant connection to the ideas, institutions, and people that are moving markets and society. The media landscape of newspapers, radio and television is giving way to an ecosystem of content, community and links.
The platforms and applications enabled by the Internet and mobile technologies represent capital efficient new business opportunities to connect people and drive economic attainment and democratic participation.
City Light is looking for new businesses that have the ability to use these platforms and applications to empower disadvantaged groups and individuals.