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XQ awards Tiger Ventures $2.5 million

XQ Institute announced Tiger Ventures as the newest partner school as part of the organization’s mission to rethink and redesign high school. Tiger Ventures will be awarded $2.5 million over the next three years. The school, based LWW, will join 13 other schools, including the 10 Super School Project winners, as key drivers of change in making high school more relevant, engaging and effective for every student, everywhere.


A formal announcement and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Friday at Tiger Ventures with students, staff, community partners and politicians on hand to celebrate. On Saturday, at UEHS, XQ hosted a community celebration with music, food, and interactive activities.

“We’re so excited to welcome Tiger Ventures as one of our XQ Partner Schools as they represent an exceptional addition to the grantees we announced almost one year ago, all of whom have the vision and drive to rethink traditional high school in America,” said Russlynn Ali, Chief Executive Officer of XQ Institute.

Tiger Ventures is focused on reaching disengaged students as well as those identified for special education programs and services. By incorporating an incubator and co-working space within a refurbished school facility, the school provides a rigorous academic curriculum through robust personalized, hands-on learning. Within this unique environment, students have the opportunity to work alongside local artists and entrepreneurs, to explore their own passions and to turn those interests into real businesses that can help to revitalize the local community.

“We are so thankful and honored by this generous award,” said Union-Endicott Superintendent Suzanne McLeod. “As the birthplace of IBM, Endicott was once a leader in entrepreneurship and creating opportunity. Now, we are going back to our roots to help our young people develop the same entrepreneurial mindset that drove IBM and will allow our students to be successful in college, career, or wherever life takes them. We are so excited to be included among other changemakers as an XQ Partner School and excited to continue to grow as a school that encourages and challenges our students to take ownership of their learning.”

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