Venture Café St. Louis Announces First Expert-In-Residence for Education

By February 2, 2021 No Comments

The EIR will oversee Venture Café’s EdHub program including the pre-accelerator program for educators

Venture Café St Louis named Dr. Marcus Howard as the first EdHub Expert-in-Residence (EIR). The EdHub program supports innovation in education, giving special consideration to initiatives that address systemic challenges and inequity.

“Venture Cafe St. Louis has a long history of creating innovative and collaborative approaches to address education transformation through entrepreneurship and innovation,” says Venture Cafe St. Louis Board Chair, Whitney Kenter. “We are excited to welcome Dr. Marcus Howard whose experience will continue to move the needle by attracting and retaining those with the entrepreneurial mindset to bring their best thinking to education.”

Dr. Howard’s role as the EIR is to oversee the Education Innovation Fellowship which supports individuals and teams building early-stage education programs and startups. “Howard’s experience as an educator, edtech entrepreneur, and leading strategic innovations for Teach for America make him an incredible fit for overseeing the next phase of EdHub’s Education Innovation Fellowship,” says Tyler Mathews, Executive Director of Venture Café St Louis.

Dr. Howard joins Venture Café St. Louis after previously leading strategic innovations at Teach For America. He also taught middle school math and science at a predominantly African-American school in Las Vegas. After teaching in the classroom, he pursued his Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, and human development. His research focused on designing equitable and future-ready education systems for low-income students of color. 

The Venture Café St Louis EdHub program launched in 2018. Dr. Howard stated, “We must prepare all young people by affording them the opportunity to develop skills for the 21st century. To help realize this vision, we must be intentional in grounding the voices of those furthest from opportunity in the design and implementation of the new ideas coming out of EdHub.”

As part of the EIR program, Dr. Howard continues building his startup, ROSA, which addresses mental health and executive function in students to improve their STEM scores. 

“The first order of business is to let everyone know that the Education Innovation Fellowship application open call is coming in the spring,” said Dr. Howard. “And, in the meantime, join us at Venture Cafe’s online Thursday Gathering for the new EdHub thought leadership series launching on February 25th.”

About Venture Café St. Louis

Venture Café St. Louis is a nonprofit organization that supports aspiring and early-stage founders through educational series, resources, and connections. Venture Café works to broaden the application of innovation to include a wide range of industries and communities, build a more diverse and inclusive innovation economy, and connect innovation communities locally, nationally and internationally.