Developing Country Inspiration

The Foundation sees a real opportunity for invention and inventors to transform the lives of the poor through the creation of new products that address basic needs and enhance livelihoods in the developing world. Therefore, we work with developing country partners work to promote the opportunity to become an inventor by raising the public profile and image of inventors and inventions in order to strengthen the ecosystem that will spark the inventive and entrepreneurial spirit, and expand the pipeline of future inventors that can address the needs of the poor.

Ingenuity leads to a strong economy and a healthy society. The Lemelson Foundation helps sustain this important national trait and support the inventive spirit all over the world.” – Dean Kamen, Inventor, 2002 Lemelson-MIT Prize Winner

Core components of this work include partnerships in developing countries to support programs and activities that celebrate inventors and invention and excite people to become new inventors. Examples of this work include:

  • Fellowships: The Lemelson Foundation has supported a number of initiatives with global changemaking organization Ashoka, including identifying and celebrating the work of over 100 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellows who showcase the power of invention and social enterprise to change lives.
  • Awards: Through partnerships with Villgro, NESsT and Inotek, we support a series of awards in India, Peru, and Indonesia for inventors that also recognize the impact of media, investors and academia in supporting a ecosystem for invention.
  • Technology advocacy: Work of partners in India, Peru and Indonesia also promote the importance of invention education and invention to change lives through regional conventions, and other recognition of the importance of invention.