US Programs

We work within the US to support the next generation of inventors through programs that showcase the power of invention and invention-based businesses to improve the economy. We work with partners in establishing and supporting programs that inspire youth to solve problems through invention, provide young inventors with the knowledge and tools to invent, and help college students with the launch of invention-based enterprises and their earliest incubation. To this end, we have three initiatives in the US: Inspiration, Education and Incubation.  We also have a regional focus in our home state of Oregon to provide opportunities for underserved youth in our community to become inventors and create inventions and invention-based enterprises that improve lives. 

Although we are sector-agnostic we do focus our support to businesses that consider their impact on the environment from design to distribution.

The Foundation works to raise the public profile and image of inventors and invention in order to inspire the next generation to become inventors. We do this through prizes; supporting public immersion and hands-on experiential engagement; creating evidence, stories and supporting studies; supporting related convenings to establish communities of practice; enabling thought leadership on behalf of invention; strategically engaging media; and building enduring organizations that promote invention.
We support programs to build a pipeline of future inventors by equipping them with the essential skills to invent and develop self-sustaining, invention-based enterprises. We do this through supporting courses and programs for invention education; expanding the number of underserved students experiencing invention education; providing professional development for invention education to educators; promoting a community of practice in invention education; supporting convenings to promote and address issues related to invention education; demonstrating thought leadership; and building enduring organizations that support invention education.
Through a partnership with a network in colleges throughout the US, we support the launch and early incubation of student-led invention-based enterprises and the iterative refinement of customer need, technological invention, and a self-sustaining business proposition. We work to build investment-ready, self-sustaining, invention-based enterprises. We do this through providing emerging invention-based businesses and associated inventor/entrepreneurs access to quality resources and training; providing access to mentoring; access to engineering spaces; routes to customer feedback and better market information; access to senior talent; and sources of seed funding; promoting a community of practice; and continuing to serve as thought leaders in the field of incubation of invention-based enterprise; as well as building enduring organizations that support emerging invention-based business and associated inventor/entrepreneurs.