Tool Foundry Informational Webinar

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Help advance accessible tools for scientific discovery

Join our informational webinar to learn more about applying to the Tool Foundry accelerator

Are you an inventor, maker, scientist, engineer, or designer with an idea for a low-cost, high-quality, and easy-to-use scientific tool? The Tool Foundry accelerator is looking for teams that have started prototyping tools but need help to develop and scale. We are most interested in low-cost, physical tools that support inquiry, observation, and data collection across scientific domains.

The Tool Foundry accelerator is a four-month program emphasizing education and collaboration to help inventor teams iterate and scale accessible and powerful scientific discovery tools. We know every team has different needs — from business planning to user testing. The accelerator experience includes customized support and curated resources to help teams rapidly address barriers, fill gaps, and develop sustainable business models.

Accelerator cohort members have access to:

  • $50,000 per team in non-dilutive funding

  • Educational sessions

  • Technical guidance

  • Mentorship and networking

  • Learning from users

  • Peer collaboration

Accelerator applications are due by Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Learn more about applying

Register for our informational webinar on Tuesday, April 23 at 2:00 p.m. EDT to learn more about applying to join the accelerator cohort. During the webinar, we will give a detailed overview of the accelerator and answer questions during a live Q&A session.

About Tool Foundry

Tool Foundry is a Luminary Labs initiative funded by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Schmidt Futures to expand access to science.

Scientific discovery tools — from telescopes to magnetometers — help us answer questions and generate knowledge. But many powerful tools are too expensive or too difficult for non-experts to use. Without access to tools, fewer people participate in science, which hinders the pace of discovery, the distribution of knowledge, and the public’s understanding of and appreciation for the natural world.

Tool Foundry addresses this problem by advancing scientific discovery tools that anyone can use. We help tool makers build a foundation for sustainable growth and advocate for the science-curious. We believe that accessible — low-cost, high-quality, easy-to-use — tools can inspire a deeper interest in science and empower people to indulge their curiosity, explore their backyard, and solve problems relevant to their own communities.

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