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HundrED Q & A

Why was HundrED founded? 
We believe in the transformative power of schools. If you want to make a change in the world, start with schools. We founded HundrED to help to improve education so that every child can get the education they deserve.

Why does education need to change? 
We believe that the purpose of education is to help young people flourish in life, no matter what happens. As the world changes, education needs to change to meet current needs and help prepare children for the future. 

Do you focus on all education? 
No, our focus is on K-12 education. That means pre-school, comprehensive school and high school.

What does HundrED do more specifically? 
We discover and research exciting innovations in K12 education from all over the globe. We then share them with the world for free.

Is there an emphasis on digital innovations? 
No, there is not. We are searching for innovations from five categories: skills, environments, teaching, assessment & leadership. What are the skills we need to teach in the future? What is the role of the teacher? How should learning be assessed? What is an effective learning environment? And how should change be lead? Only a narrow portion of our innovations address digitalization.

Who selects the innovations? 
A skilled advisory board helps us to select the annual list of Inspiring Global Innovations. 

Who owns the rights to the innovations? 
All rights remain with the developer of the innovation unless we agree on a different approach.

Why would anyone want to share their ideas? 
Many educators and innovators are excited to watch their ideas spread and we are eager to assist them in spreading those ideas. Participating in HundrED is voluntary and at no cost.

Can a price be put on an innovation? 
The innovations will be shared for free, but if the owner of the innovation wants to sell additional services, they may do so.

Are you developing new innovations yourselves? 
We are mainly focusing on seeking and sharing ready-to-go innovations, however, we are participating in the development of a few innovations.

How will the innovations be evaluated? 
We have an evaluation model that consists of three stages: professional assessment (advisory board), self-assessment (innovation developer) and peer assessment.

Where do you see yourself in the year 2020? 
We aim to be the world’s leading expert in education innovation and hope that tens of thousands of educators and students benefit from the innovations we share.

Is HundrED for profit? 
HundrED is a non-profit organization. 

Does HundrED have a business model? 
Our number one priority is to assist in spreading great ideas and innovations in education. As mentioned prior, HundrED is not-for-profit. Right now we’re focusing on building our service, but we’re not excluding the possibility to create a business model in the future.

How are the educational innovations spread? 
We launched a digital platform in the fall of 2017 that contains all the Finnish and global innovations in an easy-to-find, comprehensible, packaged form. Our goal is to create the world’s best database for innovations in education.

Who owns HundrED? 
HundrED was founded in Finland as a small private company. Saku Tuominen’s and Juha Tynkkynen’s Idealist Group is the key shareholder of HundrED. Additional shareholders are Pekka Viljakainen, Ilkka Paananen, Mikko Kodisoja, Petteri Koponen and Timo Ahopelto. All of the associates share a passion for developing education – the company is driven by authentic change, not profit, so HundrED is not your average startup.

How is HundrED funded? 
The majority of HundrED’s operations are not-for-profit. Funding is provided by donations and personal investments.

Where may I be able to find additional information on HundrED?
Feel free to contact us with questions regarding HundrED. To contact us, click here.