Venture: Rising Academies
Rising Academies uses great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom.

Expert: Joe Kennedy
• CEO, Pandora
• COO, E-Loan
• VP Sales & Delivery, Saturn

Rising Academies partnered with Rippleworks to design a pragmatic, effective, and coherent organization structure

Rising Academies uses great curriculum, intensive teacher coaching and actionable data, we help teachers and school leaders bring quality to every classroom. Their model utilizes a network of low-cost private schools to develop learnings that are then used by government and other partners to improve the quality of their schools at scale.

Rising Academies’ top priority was designing a pragmatic, effective, and coherent organization structure to support their growth goals. Rising Academies partnered with Rippleworks to solve critical org design issues and set up their leadership team to continuously resolve org design and development issues.

Rising Academies partnered with Rippleworks Expert Joe Kennedy, who has led scaling teams as the CEO of Pandora, COO of E-Loan, and VP Sales of Saturn. Together, they:

• Defined the structure, composition, and cadence of Rising Academies’ leadership team to continuously resolve org issues and support their growth strategy

• Scoped management workflows between HQ and country teams

• Evaluated finance capabilities, hired new finance lead to improve transparency and performance

• Successfully integrated a school network in Ghana, more than doubling Rising Academies’ footprint

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