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The GovLab Academy

How to empower civic & policy entrepreneurs to develop impactful real-word projects?

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    Governance Area
  • National Governance Local Governance
  • Institution Type
  • Nonprofit Academic Corporate/Business Public Sector
  • Innovative Capability
  • Open Innovation Design Thinking Agile Research Rapid Prototyping
  • Product Category
  • training, coaching & mentorship


Although many schools and programs teach the skills relevant to business innovation, aspiring public and social sector innovators have very few places to turn to receive the mentoring and support needed to take a technology-driven governance innovation project across a wide range of social issues from idea to implementation. Our objective has been to focus sharply on delivering learning experiences and support that make for successful governance innovation projects.




John S. and James L. Knight Foundation


Through coaching programs, workshops, courses and project clinics, and master classes, The GovLab Academy offers teams and individuals who are passionate about solving a public problem access to high-quality, curated content aimed at busy practitioners, mentoring designed to help take public interest projects from idea to implementation, connections to subject-matter experts, and tools for peer-to-peer learning and skill sharing.

Results & Impact

500+ participants, 250 projects, 20+ countries, Faculty and coaches from 5 universities, 12 semester-long Masters-level academic courses delivered to students from NYU, MIT, and Arizona State University, +70 non-credit participants from more than a dozen US cities and half a dozen foreign countries. Governments & NGOs coached, including the World Bank


Beth Simone Noveck

Dinorah Cantú-Pedraza

Denny Tek

Christopher Wong

Claudio Mendonca

Anna Bialas