The Lean Lab
3105 Gillham Road
Suite 200
Kansas City MO 64109
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 636-5918
Mission Statement
The Lean Lab launches innovative, excellent educational solutions. These are created by:
  • Convening a connected community of grassroots leaders, educators and innovators.
  • An early-stage incubator program that launches solutions that better teaching and learning.
CEO/Executive Director Katie Boody
Board Chair Kinsey Kudrna
Board Chair Company Affiliation Teach For America
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
Kansas City Urban Innovation Consortium (KCUIC)
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
The Lean Lab launches innovative, excellent educational solutions. These are created by:
  • Convening a connected community of grassroots leaders, educators and innovators.
  • An early-stage incubator program that launches solutions that better teaching and learning.
Background Statement

Since launching in October of 2013, The Lean Lab has made significant traction toward building a community of education innovators and incubating new solutions that impact Kansas City students. To date, The Lean Lab has convened over 1800 educators, entrepreneurs, parents, students, school leaders, investors, and community members interested in education innovation. Furthermore, through the three Incubator Fellowship programs, education entrepreneurs have launched 20 ventures and impacted over 2500 students in Kansas City.

The Vision: Innovation and entrepreneurship will transform the learning and life outcomes of all students.
The Mission: We are a community that finds, trains, and funds the nation's most promising entrepreneurs to build transformational education innovations.
Impact Statement
In 2016 so far, The Lean Lab has celebrated 3 major accomplishments:
  1. The third Incubator Fellowship placed The Lean Lab and Kansas City on the map for education innovation. We received applications from 19 states, 28 cities, and 3 countries. Furthermore, 58% of applicants were female founders, 47% of founders were people of color, and 25% of founders were women of color.
  2. The 2016 Incubator Fellowship culminated in a public pitch event where three of the five teams received additional funding: PledgeCents and ClassTracks received $25,000 each as a result of the Village Capital Peer Evaluation framework; InReach received close to $1000 from the crowd-funded Community Pick Award. Through our partnerships with the City of Kansas City, KC Social Innovation Center, and Village Capital, we were able to offer capital for the first time.
  3. Through happy hours, innovation workshops, pitch events, and partnerships, The Lean Lab has convened 815 community members between October 2015 and October 2016.
For 2017, The Lean Lab plans to:
  1. Continue convening community members (namely parents, students, teachers, school leaders, investors, and philanthropists) at events such as happy hours, living room meetings, and innovation workshops to discuss education innovation.
  2. Equip the Kansas City community to find, fund, and train high-level education entrepreneurs that will help to close achievement gaps and provide transformational life and learning outcomes for all students.
  3. Expand the summer Incubator Fellowship program into a longer, more community-influenced iteration.
  4. Hire and expand its capacity to match the rigor of programming The Lean Lab will be executing.
Needs Statement
  1. In-kind print for professional development materials and fellowship materials.
  2. In-kind donations for food for events.
  3. In-kind donations of office supplies, printers, computers and/or cameras.
  4. In-kind donations and volunteer services through mentoring and providing skill based services that would aid educational start ups (sales, marketing, design, non profit management, etc).
Service Categories
Educational Services
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
MO - Jackson County
MO - Liberty
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
2017 was a defining year for us at The Lean Lab. We’ve taken time to reflect on the moments that were filled with joy, exhilaration, challenge and staunch resolve.
  • We engaged with our community in over 1,000 touch points.
  • We discussed and brainstormed solutions pertaining to a variety of topics, including: school board engagement, new technology teaching tools, race, neighborhoods and education and neuroscience in education, and more.
  • We refined our approach: We worked hard to refine our program models, urgently building stronger systems that will increase the sustainability and success of new educational innovations for years to come.
  • We brought new partners to the table: We teamed up with Village Capital to provide rigorous curriculum.
  • We worked alongside our relentless school and learning site partners: Kansas City Public Schools, Citizens of the World, KIPP:KC, Kansas City Public Library and Scuola Vita Nuova Charter School to bring our fellows’ innovations into the hands of students.
  • We launched 5 new ways to impact learning in Kansas City: Through our Incubator Fellowship Program, our fellows are confronting issues of race, identity and equity in the classroom through Diversity Talks. They are engaging children in movement and positive messages through hiphop through Healthy HipHop; they are providing visibility and efficiency in the school transportation process through Transportant. They are moving students and teachers from the confines of their classrooms to the exciting world around them through Explorable Places, and they are enlivening two-dimensional graphics for blind and visually impaired students through Vital.
Description The Lean Lab Incubator Fellowship is a premiere startup incubator program for education innovations where entrepreneurs partner with community members (those most impacted by problems in education) to build human-centered, effective solutions / products. The Lean Lab equips education entrepreneurs with networks, mentors, tools, and resources to help them build more human-centered ventures that impact more students. Fellows in the summer of 2016 participated in a 4.5 week residency program, a 6 week sprint, and a final 3 day workshop where they analyzed the financials, team structure, scale and impact, and business models of their companies. The Fellowship culminates in a Launch[ED] Day celebration, where this year two of the five teams were awarded an additional $25,000, and one of the five teams was awarded the Community Pick Award of close to $1000.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success By the end of the Incubator Fellowship, entrepreneurs will have secured partnerships with public and charter schools in the Kansas City area. Entrepreneurs will then be able to test their products with parents, teachers, students, and school system leaders and use the consequent data to inform future iterations.
Long-Term Success The Incubator Fellowship attracted talented entrepreneurs across the country, putting both The Lean Lab and Kansas City on the map. The five participating startups have developed partnerships with schools, teachers, parents, and students in Kansas City. Furthermore, entrepreneurs who go through the Incubator Fellowship will learn how best to develop a sustainable revenue strategy to support the scale and impact of their ventures, aiming to impact all 70,000 KCMO students and close achievement gaps.
Program Success Monitored By The Lean Lab highly values human-centered design and relies on feedback from all players in the innovation process: entrepreneurs, mentors, parents, teachers, students, investors, etc. Survey data and outcomes are routinely collected by the Lean Lab staff the Board of Directors and analyzed before future programming is created.
Examples of Program Success Since The Lean Lab's inaugural Incubator Fellowship in 2014, 20 ventures have been launched, impacting over 2500 students in the Kansas City area. During the 2016 Incubator Fellowship, all five participating teams left with a strategic plan moving forward, 4/5 had secured partnerships in Kansas City, and 4/5 had MVPs able to be tested in classrooms.
Description Core to The Lean Lab's values is a diverse community that convenes around education innovation. That community includes parents, teachers, students, school leaders, investors, philanthropists, and entrepreneurs. As such, The Lean Lab hosts a variety of events, such as happy hours, living room meetings, and relationship meetings, to bring people together to talk about innovation and what that could look like in Kansas City classrooms.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Delivery
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The short-term goal for The Lean Lab's convening events is to get people talking about and understanding what innovation in education looks like. Furthermore, the goal is that Kansas City community members leave Lean Lab events feeling inspired to take action by partnering with entrepreneurs or building their own solutions.
Long-Term Success The Lean Lab envisions a community that understands and utilizes innovation to solve the problems they face in education. By building a group of diverse thinkers and problem-solvers, The Lean Lab cultivates the conditions for community-influenced innovation to thrive via entrepreneurship.
Program Success Monitored By Every convening event has a sign-in process that collects attendance data. The Lean Lab staff transfers this data into a collective funnel that is a living, breathing document reflective of our current community. Following larger events, like innovation workshops or pitch events, The Lean Lab sends a follow-up survey 24-48 hours after the event to garner feedback from attendees.
Examples of Program Success From October 2015 to October 2016, The Lean Lab has convened 815 community members through one-on-one relational meetings, happy hours, innovation workshops, and pitch events.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Katie Boody
Term Start Oct 2013
Experience Katie Boody has worked in public education in KCMO for the last eight years. She taught middle school at C.A. Franklin and Alta Vista Charter School, and was an instructional coach at Alta Vista. She holds an Education Specialist degree in Education Leadership, a Masters in Middle School Language Arts from Rockhurst University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Western Washington University.  Katie has been recognized as part of Techweek Kansas City's Techweek 100 in 2015, one of 31 Entrepreneurs to watch in Kansas City by Compute Midwest, and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for Kansas City Teacher Residency.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Senior Staff
Title Managing Director of Community and Partnerships
Paid Full-Time Staff 2
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 60
Paid Contractors 8
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
The Lean Lab believes in deeply collaborative communities, and thus, has partnered with the following local Kansas City organizations:
  1. Sprint Accelerator
  2. Alta Vista Charter Schools
  3. KC Social Innovation Center
  4. Village Capital
  5. 4.0 Schools
  6. Mozilla Gigabit 
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Kinsey Kudrna
Company Affiliation Teach For America
Term Apr 2014 to Apr 2017
Board Members
Carlos Antequera
Alan Fairless
Kinsey Kudrna Teach for America
Carrie Markel
Michael McShane
Margo Quiriconi Q Works, LLC
Christopher Stewart Seigfreid Bingham
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $425,000
Projected Expenses $400,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2014: (For 1/1/2014 through 7/31/2014)  Financial data reported using Internal Financials.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals. 
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$25,197$11,487--
Administration Expense$22,588$733--
Fundraising Expense$0$0--
Payments to Affiliates$0$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.331.09--
Program Expense/Total Expenses53%94%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$72,815$1,100--
Current Assets$72,815$1,100--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$72,815$1,100--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSprint Accelerator $100,500 ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation $75,000 ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSkillbuilders $3,000 ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Comments The Lean Lab has secured the consulting services of e2E, led by Nancy McCullough, former CFO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. e2E is providing all business and financial management services, including accounting and financial projections to The Lean Lab.
Organization Name The Lean Lab
Address 3105 Gillham Road
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64109
Primary Phone (913) 636-5918
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Katie Boody
Board Chair Kinsey Kudrna
Board Chair Company Affiliation Teach For America
Year of Incorporation 2014
Former Names
Kansas City Urban Innovation Consortium (KCUIC)