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Invention Convention Worldwide (National Invention Convention and STEMIE Coalition)
Chief Entrepreneur Officer-The Henry Ford, Global Director-Invention Convention Worldwide
The STEMIE Coalition (Acquired by The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation)
Mansfield Center, CT
Organization/institution description (<500 characters)
The STEMIE Coalition was a non-profit startup that went the full distance from concept to exit with immense impact in four years. The STEMIE Coalition spun out from the Connecticut Invention Convention in 2015 to teach K-12 students worldwide how to create new products and companies and invent their own future, STEMIE (STEM+Invention+Entrepreneurship) started from scratch and rolled up more than 600 events and programs across the U.S. under one non-profit coalition, and created curriculum, teacher training, software, and an affiliate network that now is scaling invention education all across the U.S. and the world. STEMIE had a rare non-profit exit to (acquired by) The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation to be their global outreach arm for kids. Today, the re-branded Invention Convention Worldwide is the leading K-12 Invention Education program in America.
How do you train, educate or prepare entrepreneurs? (<500 characters)
We create a culture of entrepreneurship by raising all kids that way. We excite local youth towards STEM-centric, entrepreneurship-oriented, innovative mindsets for life. With our partners, we link core disciplinary (including STEM) learning, with invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship skills-building, to foster a stronger culture of creativity, digital literacy, invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our goal is every single K-12 student will annually have access to learning activities to train them to live and thrive in their entrepreneurial ecosystem, no matter their end career objective. Long term, in any community, this fosters a more indigenous environment of support, engagement, investment, and ownership for entrepreneurship, because every grown up student thinks that way -- taking the whole ecosystem to a new level.
What impact did your program have in 2019? (<500 characters)
We make a global impact and a Connecticut impact! Invention Convention now teaches 120,000+ students annually across the U.S. and 10 countries and hosts the National and Global Invention Convention competitions. Each year, 150 kids from CT compete at U.S. Nationals. Key in 2019, we: supported and trained the new executive director for the CIC through our professional development programming; initiated our first large-scale region-wide/all-students trial in Tampa, FL to ultimately train all of the 600,000 local Tampa Bay students in invention and entrepreneurship annually; partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs for afterschool programs; allied with Harvard Dept of Economics to close the Innovation Gap in America for underserved students; and helped launch the "Invention Education" movement in America so all kids can be trained to be inventors and entrepreneurs. Our 10-year goal is to impact 1.5m students annually.
What people are saying about National Invention Convention and STEMIE Coalition...
The National Invention Convention was founded by Danny Briere of Manfield, CT. They grew quickly over 3-years and were acquired by the Henry Ford Foundation in 2019.Invention Convention Worldwide advances a vision of a world in which all learners have access to innovation, invention and entrepreneurial learning to gain the confidence and skills to control their own destiny.In realizing this vision, our goals are to:Increase the return on investment on STEM and Entrepreneurship by more effectively bridging these disciplines, with a stronger and more innovative collective outcome.Instill problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills for life to inspire young people to become innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs over the course of their K-12 careers.Activate STEMIE (STEM Invention Entrepreneurship) education through competitions, events and a flexible, project-based curriculum aligned to education standards.Showcase the innovative thinkers from among hundreds of thousands of young people who compete at various levels across the U.S. and from countries around the world. Bill Kenney