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We've shortened our virtual Innovation Lab program to an 8 week accelerated version for summer, and added an on-site study abroad experience! You will complete the academic components of this lab virtually, while visiting beautiful Dublin, Ireland, one of the EU’s youngest, fastest growing, and most diverse capital cities!

In this lab, you'll work with a team of 4-6 peers to build essential skills of cross-cultural teamwork and collaboration, concept design, and to develop innovative business solutions to global challenges. The lab is designed to leverage the United Nations Global Goals as a blueprint for understanding global problems that need solving, like poverty, gender equality, and climate action - among many others - for a healthier and happier world. Your work will result in a pitch deck and investment proposal of a viable business model that you will present in a virtual boardroom.

  • COACHES will keep your solutions global, with cultural insight to guide development of your concept, enhance your impact, and maximize your global reach.
  • INDUSTRY MENTORS will support you through creative ideation, help you position a unique value proposition in the market, and provide real-world feedback on your pitch.

As a participant, you will:

— Engage Lean Launchpad methodology to prepare for success in concept development, valuation and design

— Participate in dynamic and immersive virtual learning and rich cultural experiences led by our Resident Directors abroad, including guided tours, cooking classes, networking opportunities and community building across borders

— Follow a guided pathway of activities to achieve global skills and the opportunity to earn a digital badge stack that demonstrates cultural knowledge and the skills employers value to display on LinkedIn, e-portfolios, or other online platforms

“The experience of creating a nearly full-blown business plan, the opportunity to learn from the keynote speakers, and the ability to work with a team from around the world are extremely unique when compared with anything that can be experienced in a typical university class.”
- Nicholas M., Innovation Lab Participant 2020

What's Included?

  • Advising
  • Community-building activities and cultural resources in a digital learning workspace
  • API Digital Badge Stack: Global Innovation, Global Problem Solving, and Global Teamwork
  • Access to API alumni network & API Ambassador Program
  • Career readiness materials and support, including how to reflect this experience on a resume and at job interviews
  • Live events featuring speakers, activities, networking and more
  • On-site excursions and group activities in Dublin
  • Post-program evaluation

Application Requirements

  • Open to rising college sophomores through graduating seniors
  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal statement outlining interest in innovating solutions for a current UN Global Challenge
  • Entry requirement: valid passport for on-site Dublin experience
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jun, 2022 - Aug, 2022

Pricing Additional Information

Accelerated Innovation Lab (Virtual): June 14 - Aug 6, 2021

Dublin (On-Site): July 2 - July 31, 2021

May 1, 2022 May 15, 2022

API Lab participants pay a $150 application deposit with the initial application and the remaining balance is due upon acceptance. Participants who apply on the application deadline are responsible for submitting 50% of the program fee with the application.

*Due to current travel restrictions in Ireland, students will be required to obtain a negative COVID-19 test upon arrival (at their own expense) in order to avoid an extended quarantine period. All students will be required to quarantine for a minimum of 5 days.

  • Go Quest Dublin

    Go Quest consists of interactive indoor, light physical, mental and skills-based challenges that offer something for everybody regardless of personal strengths, skills, physical abilities and interests. Participants move from zone to zone completing challenges to achieve an overall group score.

  • Visit to Trim Castle and Kayak on the Boyne River

    The heritage town of Trim, located just one hour from Dublin, is home to Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman fortification in Ireland. After visiting this historical site, students will participate in a 2-hour kayaking experience on the River Boyne incorporating lots of challenges and tasks on the water. No previous experience is necessary, and participants will be given full instruction and a safety briefing.

  • Bray to Greystones Coastal Hike

    The beautiful coastal walk to Greystones, begins from the pretty seaside town of Bray. Students will navigate one of the most picturesque coastal hikes to the quaint village of Greystones, visiting yummy eateries to suit all tastes!

  • Causey Farm

    No trip to Ireland is complete without a farm visit! This farm visit gives students the chance to see a working farm and its animals, alongside the opportunity to enjoy some truly Irish cultural experiences: Bog Jumping, Ceildh Dancing, baking bread and trying traditional Instruments to name a few!

What You’ll Study

API Innovation Lab participants will participate in dynamic team-based, experiential learning utilizing a flipped classroom model to move an innovative idea through design and development to create a pitch. Alongside the guided modules and supported learning opportunities with industry mentors and coaches, participants will level-up their learning along the way by earning digital badges.

Learners will earn a stack of digital badges that certifies meaningful engagement with the outcomes of the API Innovation Lab to enhance their LinkedIn profiles, e-portfolios, personal websites and digital resumes, and more. The stack includes Global Teamwork, Global Problem-Solving, and Global Innovation badges.

Global Teamwork:

This digital badge is part of the Innovation Lab digital badge stack. Earn this digital badge by working with a team to create innovative solutions to global problems. Diverse perspectives, cultural competence, and a drive to succeed are all key to collaborations that make an impact. Assess your collaborative skills, practice peer review, and refine your individual approach to leadership in team settings.

Global Problem-Solving:

This digital badge is part of the Innovation Lab digital badge stack. Address global problem solving by embracing diverse perspectives, leveraging curiosity, networking with experts, and piloting solutions. Design, implement, assess, and modify to test your hypotheses and grow skills of resilience and change management.

Global Innovation:

This digital badge is the capstone badge of the Innovation Lab digital badge stack. Collaborate with teammates to innovate solutions to global challenges. Learn from coaches and build connections with industry mentors. Connect your solutions to real-world applications. Drive innovation to make a meaningful impact.

Team-based learning is a central component of the API Innovation Lab. Teams are interdisciplinary and selected through aligned interest in the UN Global Goals. Weekly modules guide your team through collaborative ideation, developing a value proposition, defining a concept, modeling a hypothesis, communicating value, market testing, and pitching. The lab follows the Lean Launchpad methodology that uses the scientific method to frame business discovery and experiential concept design through active testing of business hypotheses and ideas. Teams will be guided by industry mentors, coaches, and lab facilitators and can expect to dedicate 3-5 hours of work per week. The teams will be assessed on ideation, value proposition, business model hypothesis, innovation pitch and investment proposal, and a teamwork assessment.

Hear from a 2020 Innovation Lab participant: "I think the API Lab offered a wonderful chance to connect with students from all around the world and learn about business practices in an engaging and valuable way. Guest speakers provided incredible industry and experience insights and mentors were supportive and offered fantastic guidance. The content in the modules exceeded my expectations, especially in combination with the keynote speakers."

Fundamentals - Innovation Lab

Explore the fundamental elements of successful teamwork and introduction to Lean Launchpad methodology. Define objectives to integrate business skills, knowledge and experiences of a diverse team to solve complex business challenges in a global economy.

Problems & Ideas - Innovation Lab

Participate in interactive ideation through the digital workspace, challenging ideas and creating solutions using the UN Global Goals as a framework. Collaborate with the team to build a value proposition and validate ideas.

Concept Development - Innovation Lab

Design a desirable, feasible, and viable business model for the implementation of an innovation. Create a business model hypothesis and participate in prototyping and market testing. Learn from industry mentors real-world business impact. Explore cultural applications through the lens of cultural coaches. Consider external environmental implications as the pitch develops.

Creating Value - Innovation Lab

Examine how to communicate the essential value of innovative solutions and build a pitch. Participate in the pitch competition and evaluate solutions provided by other teams. Engage in critical reflection and analysis of team functionality, including strengths and opportunities for growth.

Student accommodations will be located in Dublin City Centre. Located on the north side of the River Liffey, it is just short walk from Phoenix Park (Europe's largest city park), Connolly Train Station and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. 4-, 6- and 8-bed apartments are available, each with single, ensuite bedrooms and a shared kitchen and living space. The accommodations also include a social space with a TV lounge, pool table, table tennis, vending machines, and a fully equipped gym. The study room and study booths are available for use 24/7 and there are many terraces and outdoor spaces, including an outdoor gym.

Due to its prime location in the center of Dublin, there is no shortage of options for places to eat, drink and socialize close by, including restaurants, bars, cafes music venues, theaters, museums, galleries and outdoor markets. The students' collaborative space is easily reached by a short, 20 minute journey on the LUAS (the light rail/tram system) and is located amid the hustle and bustle of Dublin's 'Silicon Docks' and financial services center.