Announcing the Xcelerator training program in partnership with USAID and The Lemelson Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

USAID/LEMELSON FOUNDATION PARTNERSHIP AWARD NCIIA TO HELP TRANSLATE INNOVATIONS TO IMPACT

Award to fund Xcelerator training among USAID Grantees, turning ideas into sustainable solutions that improve the lives of expectant mothers and newborns

OTTAWA, ON, Canada, December 12, 2012 — Today at the Grand Challenges meeting in Ottawa, Canada, Wendy Taylor, Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Carol Dahl, Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation, announced a partnership between USAID and The Lemelson Foundation to award more than $700,000 to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).  The Foundation and USAID will each contribute $352,000 toward this effort. The funds will be used to enable USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth grantees the ability to avoid common pitfalls in scaling, helping them accelerate their ideas and inventions into sustainable solutions that will impact on the world’s poorest populations.

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