Commitment to Action

Innovation Labs: Enabling Generations of Young Innovators

Commitment by

Global Minimum Inc.

In 2013, Global Minimum committed to creating Innovation Labs in four secondary schools in Sierra Leone that will provide students with tools, curriculum, and leadership to support their creativity and invention. Building off of the launch of a successful competition, in which student teams entered their ideas and finalists were rewarded with capital, mentorship, and access to an innovation summer camp, these InLabs will provide every student in each of the four schools the opportunity to learn the tools of design, creative thinking, and innovation in general. Each lab will have an enrollment goal of 50 students, and Innovation Clubs will be formed in each school under selected faculty mentors. Like many African countries, young people constitute more than 50 percent of Sierra Leone's population. Supporting their entrepreneurial and creative capacities will promote innovation and economic development, and cultivate a transition from a country dependent on foreign aid toward a society where products and solutions are made locally.

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Commitment

Innovation Labs: Enabling Generations of Young Innovators

Launched

2013

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$150,000

Region

Africa

Countries

KENYA, SIERRA LEONE

Commitment by

Global Minimum Inc.

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

MaKey MaKey, Autodesk, Inc., MIT Media Lab, SparkFun Electronics, Educate!, Prince of Wales Secondary School, Segal Family Foundation, Focus 1000, LUMA Institute