Our Programs


The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises in order to build a stronger US economy, and create social and economic change for the poor in developing countries.

Within the geographies where we work, the US and developing countries, we have a common path to impact. We work with partners in establishing and supporting programs that inspire youth to become inventors, stimulate and provide invention and entrepreneurship education, and support the launch, earliest incubation and mentoring of invention-based enterprises. Read about Our Approach.

We work within the US through programs and partnerships that showcase the power of invention and invention-based businesses to improve the economy. We 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.
In developing countries, the Foundation works with partner organizations to support inventors and entrepreneurs building invention-based businesses that address the problems of the poorest populations through the creation of products that a) address basic human needs, like access to food or water, or b) create jobs or increase incomes of the poor.