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API’s Innovation Lab offers you the opportunity to work with a team of 4-6 peers to develop innovative business solutions to global challenges while building essential skills of cross-cultural teamwork and collaboration, concept design, and execution. The lab is designed to leverage the UN 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 as part of the Global Innovation Pitch Competition.

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.

CULTURAL COACHES will keep your solutions global, with cultural insight to guide development of your concept, enhance your impact, and maximize your global reach.

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 collection that demonstrates cultural knowledge and the skills employers value to display on LinkedIn, e-portfolios, or other online platforms

Participants can also gain real-time practice by traveling abroad for an optional 7-16 day guided experience with API, including exciting cultural tours and visits, and as well as the opportunity to put your innovative solutions to the test in front of industry experts at an optional in-person pitch competition.

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
  • Post-program evaluation
  • Optional international excursion

Application Requirements

  • Current resume or CV
  • Personal statement outlining interest in innovating solutions for a current UN Global Challenge
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer Jul 15, 2020 - Sep 23, 2020 $980 Jul 1, 2020 Jul 15, 2020
Fall Oct 1, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020 $980 Sep 15, 2020 Oct 1, 2020
Winter Dec 15, 2020 - Feb 19, 2021 $980 Dec 1, 2020 Dec 15, 2020

Program participants will have the opportunity to culminate their virtual learning experience with an optional 7-16 day excursion in January or March of 2021! Students will experience the rich cultural heritage of the country of their choice through various tours, visits to historic sites, and opportunities to experience the local culture firsthand. Students interested in this option may select one excursion and will be charged an additional fee. Please note that the international excursions require minimum enrollment per location and itineraries are subject to change.

What’s Included:

- Airport reception
- API safety orientation
- Housing
- API welcome dinner and several group meals (some meals on own)
- Medical and life insurance
- In-country transportation
- Entrance fees
- Social and cultural activities

Summer
Fall
Winter

The week will include guided tours of each city, including Barcelona’s famous Barrio de Grácia neighborhood and a bicycle excursion through central Madrid. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and history, to include language exchanges with local Spaniards and visits to local organizations, including a Spanish ham company – the best ham in the world! In addition, students will dive into the local culture with a flamenco show, rumba workshop, cooking class, and more. Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some churros & chocolate!

Tentative dates: January 3-10, 2021

March dates: Early-Mid March, 2021

Price: $2280

The week will include guided tours of each city, including Rome’s famous Trastevere neighborhood, the Gucci Garden in Florence, and St. Mark's Square in Venice. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose them to local culture and history, ranging from museums and art galleries, a wine tasting event, an Italian cooking class, a glass blowing demonstration on the Venetian island of Murano, and more. Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day, and of course the week would not be complete without some pizza and gelato!

January dates: Early-Mid January, 2021
March dates: Early-Mid March, 2021

Price: $2280

The week will include various visits and activities around Sydney, including the iconic Sydney Opera House, an opportunity to climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, and a visit to the famous Manly Beach. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and indigenous history, to include a visit to an interactive local wildlife park to see some of the country’s native kangaroos and koalas as well as a trip to the Australian Outback to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock), an UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition, students will spend a day exploring the brilliantly colorful corals and vibrant tropical fish on The Great Barrier Reef!

*Students traveling to Australia will have the option to also join the international excursion to New Zealand for an additional fee and a total of 16-days abroad.

Tentative dates: Early-Mid January, 2021

Price: $3600

The week will include a guided tour of Auckland, including a visit to the famous black sand beaches along New Zealand’s west coast. Students will also travel to Rotorua, known for its geothermal activity and Maori culture, to participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and indigenous history. Activities include guided tours of Hobbiton and the Waitamo Glowworm Caves, a Redwoods Treewalk, as well as a Te Puia Maori performance and Hangi dinner! In addition, students will visit Queenstown - the Adventure Capital of the World! In Queenstown, students will experience the Shotover Canyons on a jet boat ride and explore the famous glacier-formed valleys and beautiful waterfalls of Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park.

*Students traveling to New Zealand will have the option to also join the international excursion to Australia for an additional fee and a total of 16-days abroad.

Tentative dates: Early-Mid January, 2021

Prices: $3,350

The week will include a guided tour of the diverse neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, including colorful La Boca and its famous Caminito, San Telmo and Montserrat, Retiro and Recoleta. Students will also participate in activities designed specifically to expose students to local culture and history, to include a visit to Palacio Barolo, lunch at one of the city’s historic bares notables, and a visit to the nearby city of Tigre for a Mate tasting - Argentina’s national drink! In addition, students will dive into the local culture with a tango class, cooking class, a tour of the famous Colón theater, and more. The week also includes a visit to Mendoza, Argentina, known around the world for its viticulture. This two-night stay will include visits to local wineries as well as horseback riding and rafting in the Andes Mountains! Several group meals are included throughout the week to connect and reflect on each day.

Tentative dates: Early-Mid January, 2021

Price: $2,100

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 cultural coaches, you’ll level-up your 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 cultural 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, cultural 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.

During the 10-week experience, learners will engage each of the following four modules alongside their teammates:

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.

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.

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.