Developing Country Programs

In developing countries, local inventors and locally developed inventions can provide critical solutions for the needs of the poor, improving access to health care and clean energy, addressing food security, or mitigating the ongoing threat posed by climate change, to name a few. Yet severe resource constraints in these environments mean that inventors often lack access to the tools, funding and market pathways necessary for them to advance their ideas and realize their vision for impact.

The Foundation supports local inventors and entrepreneurs in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America to create quality and affordable technologies that can address the needs of underserved populations at scale.

To inspire both the next generation of inventors in developing countries and reinforce the power of invention to global development stakeholders, we routinely publish reports and share stories of impact illustrating the role that science, technology and invention can play in sparking social and economic change.
We support programs to build a pipeline of inventors by equipping them with the essential skills to invent and develop self-sustaining, invention-based enterprises. We do this by supporting courses and programs for invention education and expanding the number of underserved students experiencing this type of learning. For educators, we support programs to develop curricula, share best practices and create a global network of like-minded professionals. We view our role as temporary, with the ultimate aim of building enduring local organizations, schools, universities and educators that bolster invention education.
Our developing country entrepreneurship activities focus on addressing pressing social and environmental challenges faced by the poor by incubating promising invention-based enterprises, accelerating their growth, and building enduring ecosystems at the local level. Recognizing that new products and businesses alone will not fully address these issues, we believe it is critical to approach our work with a systems view and cultivate local ecosystems that ensure inventions can create impact in a sustainable way, at scale.