Reports and Resource Guides
The Lemelson Foundation works to encourage and drive Impact Inventing in the US and developing countries. By sharing lessons learned from the Foundation, our partners and the sector at large, we aim to strengthen the invention ecosystem and empower inventors to improve the world. Below are some studies and reports supported by the Foundation and our partners.
Impact Financing for Hardware Startups
2018 resource guide for investors interested in working with Indian product-based entrepreneurs to deliver impact at scale.
Teaching Environmentally Responsible Inventing – Higher Education Environmental Landscape Research & Analysis Phase I
This qualitative study sought to identify best practices in teaching environmental responsibility to inventors and innovators in higher education.
Hardware Pioneers: Harnessing the Impact Potential of Technology Entrepreneurs
2016 report from FSG investigates the obstacles to development and scaling faced by those seeking to bring innovative hardware technologies, such as solar lanterns or low-cost medical devices, to people living in poverty throughout developing countries.
What's Working in Startup Acceleration: Insights from Fifteen Village Capital Programs
2016 report studies the effectiveness of accelerator programs for entrepreneurs in emerging markets working in sectors such as agriculture, energy, education, financial inclusion, and health.
Catalyzing Capital for Invention: Spotlight on India
2015 report examines India’s “impact ecosystem,” the broad network of businesses, funders, and intermediaries that enable social enterprise, and hones in on challenges within the ecosystem that are currently limiting inventors’ potential. Detailed observations and data collected from interviews with more than 60 investors, entrepreneurs and intermediaries are presented in the report, along with actionable solutions for addressing the challenges.
The 50 most critical scientific & technological breakthroughs required for sustainable global development
2014 study from the Institute for Globally Transformative Techologies at the Lawrence Berkely National Lab highlights the critical scientific and techonological advances needed for sustainable development.
Impact Inventing: Strengthening the Ecosystem for Invention-based Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets
2014 report from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) that differentiates what resources are available for invention-based businesses, what ecosystem level gaps remain, and what tangible actions can be taken to fill those gaps.