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News Releases
July 10, 2015

For more than 20 years The Lemelson Foundation has been committed to the power of invention to improve lives. While inventions come in many forms, the Foundation’s work is focused on those that help solve the world’s most complex and systemic problems with true and lasting impact.

We call this impact inventing and it has three central tenets:inventions need to have positive social impact, be environmentally responsible, and be financially self-sustaining. While all three aspects of impact inventing are interrelated and important, positive social impact is essential. Without it, we will never be able to address the current challenges we face as a global population.

News Releases
July 8, 2015

Graham Pugh, David Coronado, and Kenneth Turner deepen the Foundation’s ability to foster young inventors and invention-based businesses 

Portland, OR, June 24, 2015 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, announced today that it has hired three new team members, expanding its capacity both locally and globally. Graham Pugh will serve as deputy director and David Coronado and Kenneth Turner have joined the Foundation as program officers. These hires significantly increase the Foundation’s capacity to build ecosystems that inspire and educate the next generation of inventors, and incubate invention-based businesses in the US and developing countries.

News Releases
June 29, 2015

Portland, OR, June 29, 2015 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced endowment of the Arthur Molella Distinguished Fellowship at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). Honoring Dr. Arthur Molella’s long career of scholarship in the history of science and technology, the $780,000 endowment will establish a scholar-in-residence program at the museum’s Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. A public historian for over four decades, Dr. Molella has served as the director of the Lemelson Center for more than 20 years. He will step down from that post this summer but continue to work with the center in an emeritus role.  

News Releases
May 19, 2015

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 19, 2015 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the winners of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition (NCSPC), a nationwide search for the most inventive team of undergraduate and individual graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $65,000 in prizes for inventions in the healthcare, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer device spaces. Each winning team of undergraduates received $10,000, and each graduate student winner received $15,000. The winners of this year’s competition were selected from a diverse and highly competitive applicant pool of students from 28 colleges and universities across the country. 

News Releases
April 23, 2015

Gift will fund statewide program addressing critical need for invention and STEM education

PORTLAND (OR) – APRIL 23, 2015 –The Lemelson Foundation has awarded a grant totaling $706,000 to the Portland State University Foundation to support Oregon MESA’s (Math Engineering Science Achievement) statewide invention education activities that build on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. The new grant expands the work of the MESA program to help underserved youth pursue math-based higher education and STEM-related careers by providing a proven mix of pre-college academic, hands-on experience, and mentoring opportunities for K-12 students. This work is vital to the continued growth of Oregon’s innovation-led economy and efforts to ensure that all Oregonians can share in the state’s growing prosperity.

 

News Releases
April 9, 2015

I recently met an amazing set of entrepreneurs who are tackling a dizzying array of challenges: developing systems to allow impoverished families in poor countries to heat and pressurize water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning; creating a lawnmower-type machine that harvests and converts crops directly into biomass pellets for fuel; and inventing improved medical devices like chest tubes and spinal probes to save time, healthcare costs, and patient suffering.

News Releases
April 8, 2015

This week at the Global Sankalp Summit in New Delhi, India, The Lemelson Foundation will preview findings from a study we commissioned called “Catalyzing Capital for Invention: Spotlight on India.” The study was conducted by the advisory firm Enclude and provides first-of-its kind insight into how investors can grow India’s promising ecosystem of early stage, invention-based companies committed to achieving positive social impact.

News Releases
April 4, 2015

As the Global Sankalp Summit 2015 changes gears with a move to New Delhi this year with a focus on furthering an inclusive innovation economy. Innovation is at the heart of India’s resurgence as the fastest-growing economy of the world and India’s unique differentiation in the global innovation landscape is because its innovations work at scale and are frugal.

Continuing its partnership with The Lemelson Foundation and Villgro, the Summit will bring a special focus on Impact Inventing and the support that invention-based enterprises need to scale.  The Lemelson Foundation and Villgro have long been working together on what is called “the invention pathway” – a process that helps transform nascent ideas into tangible, life-improving products, and successful industries that stimulate the economy. The Foundation inspires, educates and incubates inventors all over the world, while Villgro works with entrepreneurs in India to help build impactful for-profit businesses. Together, the two organizations believe that the world’s biggest problems need lasting, sustainable solutions.

News Releases
January 6, 2015

2015 is an important year for The Lemelson Foundation. It has been 20 years since our founders, the prolific inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy, mapped out their vision for a world where inventors and their inventions improve lives. As we pause to reflect on two decades of philanthropic work, we have much to celebrate and even more to learn. Over the next year we intend to mark our 20th anniversary with a mix of big ideas, shared learnings, and inspiring stories about the incredible work of our grantees. We also want to show how Jerome and Dorothy’s original vision together with the ongoing vision of the Lemelson family continues to shape the future of invention and inspire the work of the Foundation and our partners.

News Releases
December 23, 2014

The Lemelson Foundation seeks a strategic, results-oriented leader for a new Deputy Director role. The Deputy Director will be an integral part of the close-knit leadership team, including the CFAO and Executive Director, providing support and direction on issues that cut across the Foundation’s priorities and are of high importance to the overall strategy.

News Releases
November 24, 2014

The Foundation is seeking a strategic Program Officer that believes in improving lives through invention and has a genuine interest in contributing to a culture of collaboration, learning, and innovation. The ideal candidate is passionate, curious, and wholly dedicated to creating scaled impact on the lives of the most vulnerable worldwide. Moreover, s/he is committed to sustainable development in alignment with the Foundation's priority to support businesses that consider both their environmental and social impact.

News Releases
November 4, 2014

The Foundation is seeking a strategic Program Officer that believes in improving lives through invention and has a genuine interest in contributing to a culture of collaboration, learning, and innovation. The ideal candidate is passionate, curious, and wholly dedicated to creating scaled impact on the lives of the most vulnerable worldwide. Moreover, s/he is committed to sustainable development in alignment with the Foundation's priority to support businesses that consider both their environmental and social impact.

News Releases
June 18, 2014

The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced it will play a founding role in the establishment of a first-of-its-kind professional engineering and prototyping space in Nairobi, Kenya. The initiative, called Gearbox, will cater to scalable, invention-based enterprises aiming to prototype and manufacture world-class products that address the needs of underserved Africans.

News Releases
April 9, 2014

The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced winners of the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition (NCSPC), a nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program awarded $50,000 in prizes, with winning undergraduate teams receiving $10,000 in two categories and graduate student winners receiving $15,000 in two categories. The winners of this year’s competition were selected from a diverse and highly competitive applicant pool of students spanning 26 schools across the country.

News Releases
September 18, 2013

The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the expansion of its prestigious Collegiate Student Prize program to the Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition, a nationwide search for the most inventive undergraduate and graduate students. The Lemelson-MIT Program will award $50,000 in prizes this year, with winning undergraduate teams receiving $10,000 in two categories and graduate student winners receiving $15,000 in two categories.

News Releases
July 16, 2013

The Lemelson-MIT Program will launch a Junior Varsity (JV) InvenTeam Initiative in Spring 2014, offering an unparalleled opportunity for underserved and underrepresented students in grades 9 and 10 to develop skills through prescribed design challenges.  Further, students will practice inventive thinking by applying those new skills to create useful and unique products. 

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