If not now, when?

Every student deserves the opportunity to develop relevant skills and apply them to the communities that they live in. That’s why we build tools that have the potential to create new realities for young people. We don’t have all the answers, but we're working tirelessly with educators around the country to find what works.


Four years ago, we wondered: if entrepreneurship was such a powerful vehicle for learning, why weren’t more teachers integrating it into their classrooms? And what could happen if they did? After hundreds of conversations with educators, we found answers. While they wanted to give their students opportunities for entrepreneurial process, they didn’t want to deal with the legal and logistical challenges that went along with it. That’s why we built the EdCorps Dashboard, an e-commerce platform that allows any class to run a student-run business under our nonprofit umbrella and embrace the learning that comes from real-world work.

Learn More


Educators have one of the hardest jobs on the planet – and still, they do it with limited support, community, and opportunities for the kind of learning they really need and want -- not the kind that happens on most Teacher In-service days. We’ve come to recognize the sparkle in a teacher’s eyes when they find their tribe. All of the sudden, their world opens up to more of the connection and inspiration they need to be the best educator possible. EdSpace will make this easier, allowing teachers to lean into their interests, connect with their peers, and develop their craft.

Learn More


What works: students working with professionals and community members to apply their brilliance and problem-solving skills to the challenges their communities face. What doesn’t work: when teachers have to spend time and energy they don’t have to recruit the community partners needed to make it happen. EdHarmony will make it easier for educators and community members across the country to work together to craft mutually-beneficial relationships and authentic learning experiences for students.

Learn More

See what people are
saying about us

Katie Martin, Ph.D.

Director of District Learning

"RWS has created a movement that can change how students learn in school. Through EdCorps, teachers are reimagining traditional curriculum to integrate content and build on the strengths and passions of diverse learners. Starting and maintaining a business requires students have a deep understanding of core content, while also allowing them to develop necessary skills for the world of work and entrepreneurship. It has been amazing to see how empowered and inspired both students and teachers are to work on authentic projects and learn together to grow and improve their businesses."

Grant Lichtman

Author of Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can
Press to Transform Education, and #EdJourney: A
Roadmap to the Future of Education

"Nothing positions our students better to tackle their future in a rapidly changing world than an education that actually gives them experience learning in the real world. Real World Scholars is a powerful new force in breaking the outdated, artificial boundary between "school" and "world", and building powerful partnerships amongst students, teachers, and a wealth of valuable community learning resources."

Jamie Rosenberg


"Real World Scholars is on the forefront of where our education system needs to be - marrying core curriculum with real world activities that excite and engage children in fun and stimulating ways. What better way to do that than helping them be real life business owners, which requires a command of several core topics from math to writing and team building. ClassWallet is excited to partner with Real World Scholars and help to scale their mission."

Elliot Washor, Ed.D.


"Real World Scholars taps into the collective interests and passions of students and staff igniting and engaging them around what they are learning through the actual start-up and sustainability of a real business. This student entrepreneurial platform enables schools to let the outside in, and the inside out. It is amazing to watch students and staff switch on. RWS is changing the landscape of education at scale."

Kaleb Rashad


"More than ever, we need to teach kids how to create jobs, not find them. ENTER: Real World Scholars! We were STOKED to connect with them and bring entrepreneurial education to life in our school. High Tech High has used project based learning as a central vehicle for learning since its inception. RWS serves as our key thought partner, instigator/collaborator, funder for many of our projects & products, designer of the financial infrastructure, and our general champion of entrepreneurship."

Dr. Eric Williams


The single most important change that needs to occur in education is the further engagement of students in authentic, challenging work. Web-based, student-led businesses, such as those supported by Real World Scholars and the EdCorps framework, constitute a powerful means of engaging students in authentic challenging work."

Dr. Yong Zhao

Professor & Author

"The Real World Scholars team has created an outstanding solution for implementing Product-Oriented Learning (POL) in the everyday classroom to prepare entrepreneurial talents. POL starts with students identifying problems worth solving, working on creative solutions with feedback from peers, teachers, and eventually marketing their solutions."