The Lemelson Foundation celebrates and supports inventors and entrepreneurs
in order to strengthen social and economic life. It uses its resources
to recognize and celebrate accomplished inventors, to mentor young
people and support their scientific curiosity and innovative spirit,
and to research and disseminate information and technologies that
enhance lives and elucidate the societal value of invention. To
date the Foundation has donated or committed more than $110 million
in support of its mission in the U.S. and developing countries.
Program - through initiatives in developing countries,
this recently launched program will support grassroots innovators,
as well as foster and apply innovative and entrepreneurial breakthroughs
that serve people and the environment.
sponsor of the prestigious $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize, is an invention
awards and advocacy initiative based at the Massachusetts Institute
Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the
Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History provides
educational and outreach science and invention programs for adults
and students, including the Hands On Science Center—the premier
interactive science center in the country.
Assistive Technology Development Center at Hampshire
College offers experiential education in design, invention and entrepreneurship
through the use of assistive technology and universal design.
Lemelson Center at the University of Nevada, Reno inspires
innovation and entrepreneurship in the study of engineering.
Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance supports
teams of faculty and students working to advance the teaching of
invention and innovation in American higher education.
(Minority Introduction to Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Science)
is an MIT-based program that introduces promising minority teens
to engineering, science and entrepreneurship.
The African-American Male Achiever's Network, Inc. The
Foundation provides support to this organization in Los Angeles
County that encourages minority children to develop interest and
skills in math, science and business.
The Lemelson Foundation was founded by one of the most prolific
U.S. inventors, Jerome Lemelson, and his wife Dorothy in 1993. Mr.
Lemelson holds over 575 U.S. patents for inventions ranging from
key components for the fax machine, VCR and cordless telephone to
automated manufacturing systems. Mrs. Lemelson is the Chair and
President of the Lemelson Foundation.
For more on The Foundation and its programs, please
visit the Lemelson Foundation at www.lemelson.org.