Fuelling imagination in the classroom

Rocket Fund is a crowdfunding platform for schools. We help schools to fundraise for and purchase the latest technology.

Our Mission

To enable all students to access the latest technology.

What we do

Rocket Fund empowers teachers to buy the latest technology, by raising money from businesses and their community. We support schools throughout the whole process, including collecting the money they raise and purchasing the products they request from trusted suppliers.

How it works for Teachers

  1. You create a pitch describing what technology you want to buy for your class
  2. You share it with your contacts and community
  3. People donate
  4. You hit your target (woohoo!) we collect the donations and send the products directly to your school
  5. You send thanks to donors and review the products to help other teachers in the future

Is there any tech you’d like to buy?

Great! Start creating a project here. We'll support you through the process.

How it works for Donors

To ensure integrity, we're there through every step of the process. We vet all projects, collect all donations, purchase each item and ship products directly to verified schools.

  1. You find a project you want to support: Find a project that inspires you and give as little as £1
  2. We purchase the items: When a project is fully funded, we purchase all the requested items and send them directly to the school
  3. Teachers thank you: Teachers send you thanks and an update on the impact you've had

About us

Rocket Fund has been created by Nesta. Nesta is an innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time. We are a UK charity but work all over the world.

The Team

Ben Gill - Launch Pilot: Serial entrepreneur, passionate about helping teachers build our future.
Rachel Chatterjee - Operations Commander: Supporting teachers through the process.
Amy Solder - Programme Manager: Makes sure stuff gets done. Former teacher.
Oliver Beach - Chief Advisor: Former teacher, now at Kano. Inspired to bring Donors Choose model to the UK after struggling to afford post-it notes for his class.

Supported by

Donors Choose - US charity & original inspiration for this project, have been incredibly open and helpful
EdSpace - a great community of education focused entrepreneurs, that have supported us throughout
Emerge - brilliant educational venture fund based in London, have provided invaluable guidance
Innovate My School - inspirational events, community & newsfeed for teachers, share our vision & goals
NFER - National Foundation for Educational Research, kindly seed funded this project

Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833