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We believe low-cost, high-quality, and easy-to-use tools can expand access to science.

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.

The Tool Foundry accelerator is a four-month program designed to help a diverse cohort of teams iterate and scale accessible and powerful scientific discovery tools.

Accelerator at a glance

Application deadline:
May 30, 2019
Funding amount:
$50,000 per team
Accelerator duration:
4 months
Seeking:
Teams with prototypes
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Tools making an impact

Safecast’s open-source Geiger counter

What if any
community member
had the tools to
measure radiation
?

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Foldscope Instruments’ $1 paper microscope

What if any
field researcher
had the tools to
study microbes
?

Read more
Conservation X Labs’ DNA Barcode Scanner

What if any
conservationist
had the tools to
identify species
?

Read more

How the Tool Foundry accelerator works

The four-month accelerator will provide participating teams with resources and networks to develop, iterate, and strengthen their tools, while building a foundation for sustainable growth.

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IMPORTANT DATES

May 30, 2019

Applications due

Applications closed at 5pm EDT on May 30, 2019.

July 9, 2019

Cohort candidate presentations

Share your tool with our expert selection committee.

Late July 2019

Accelerator kickoff

Let’s get started! Virtual introductions to fellow cohort members and accelerator resources.

August 20 - 21, 2019

Boot Camp

Two days of in-person cohort collaboration and learning at Autodesk Technology Center in San Francisco, in partnership with Autodesk Foundation.

November 2019

Showcase

A celebratory event to present your team and tool to press and partners.

Meet the selection committee

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Alex Healey

Alex Healey

Acumen
Alexis Lewis

Alexis Lewis

Social Innovation Entrepreneur
Bilal Zuberi

Bilal Zuberi

Lux Capital
Christofer Nelson

Christofer Nelson

Association of Science-Technology Centers
Denice Ross

Denice Ross

Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation
Keith Kirkland

Keith Kirkland

WearWorks
Robbie Barbero

Robbie Barbero

Ceres Nanosciences
Ruthe Farmer

Ruthe Farmer

CSforALL

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