The Lower Merion School District Innovation Center serves as a center of social entrepreneurship and ideas exchange for LMSD high school students, housed at the District’s administration building. IC activities are led by students in consultation with an advisory board of alumni, staff, parents, and members of the regional business community. IC initiatives include a student business/social venture incubator, pilot business education programs and annual events that promote innovative thinking and positive societal change. The IC maintains active partnerships with local and national entrepreneurial and business organizations.
Launched in 2012, the LMSD Innovation Center is among the first initiatives of its kind in the country. During the 2011-12 school year, LMSD partnered with Wharton’s Social Impact Consulting group to help develop the vision and lay the groundwork for the incubator in the District’s newly-renovated administration building. This process included a review of existing entrepreneurship education programs and an investigation of potential methods and models that might be suitable for LMSD. Students were surveyed to gather additional feedback and narrow the scope of programming. Using SIC's report as a guide, the District moved forward with several entrepreneurial pilot programs and events that earned a spirited, enthusiastic response from students.
The initiative has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Education Foundation of Lower Merion.