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April 20, 2017

The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, has hired Cindy Cooper to serve as program officer leading its higher education and U.S. entrepreneurship work. Cooper will significantly increase the Foundation's capacity to build ecosystems that support young inventor entrepreneurs in the United States and developing countries.

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March 24, 2017

2016 Award winner DrinkWell announces new initiative to reach 20 million people with safe water

Washington, DC– Chicago-based company SiNode Systems has won this year’s Sustainable Practice Impact Award to honor a company that develops clean technologies, implements sustainable practices, or provides exceptional educational opportunities to university students. The award will be presented during a luncheon on Saturday, March 25th in Washington, DC as part of VentureWell’s annual Open conference.

News Releases
March 22, 2017

Nonprofit has helped 750+ young entrepreneurs start invention-based businesses.

Washington, DC – Skin patches that prevent ulcers. Devices that degrade crop pesticides and make them safe to handle. A smart app that monitors water usage in notoriously dry parts of the world. These are all products developed by student entrepreneurs being featured at this year’s Open Conference in Washington, DC. VentureWell, a not-for-profit organization that supports student inventors and entrepreneurs, will host the conference on March 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency Washington.

News Releases
January 9, 2017

Portland, OR – January 9, 2017 – The Lemelson Foundation, the world’s leading funder of invention in service of social and economic change, today announced that it has added Juliana Rotich to its Advisory Committee and hired Pam Kahl as communications officer. These two additions mark expansion of the Foundation’s strategic leadership. 

News Releases
June 1, 2016

1 June 2016 – First piloted in 2013, The AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassadors Program has served as a platform for inventors to demonstrate their role as change agents in society and as problem solvers.  Since its inception, there have been two classes and 14 Ambassadors selected that meet the program’s’ vision to “showcase the human face of inventors in order to inspire, inform and influence thought leaders and global community.”

Today, we announce the 2016-2017 Class of Invention Ambassadors who will:      

  • Inspire a new and diverse generation of inventors dedicated to solving difficult global challenge.
  • Inform on the components needed to create inventions that sustainably solve global problem
  • Influence policy makers, thought leaders & public 
News Releases
May 24, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 24, 2016 – The Lemelson-MIT Program today announced the hire of Dr. Stephanie Couch as executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program. Couch brings 16 years of experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education policy, research, development and deployment and strategic fundraising. In her new role, she will oversee the development and growth of partnerships and guide Lemelson-MIT’s prestigious invention award and grant programs. 

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