What happens when you get Lily Cole, Sam Baker and 13 tech entrepreneurs in a room?

Project Literacy Lab Summit, 1 June 2017

Project Literacy Lab

Project Literacy Lab: a summit to tackle global illiteracy with entrepreneurs working at the forefront of innovative ventures that positively impact livelihoods. Just one year ago, a group of entrepreneurs from around the world came together with a group of knowledgeable and experienced individuals to camp out in California for two weeks last July.

These folks were already doing really impressive things like providing re-usable sanitary pads to girls in East Africa so they could keep attending school when they had their periods, and sharing great educational programming through offline tablets for incarcerated individuals in the U.S. to give them access to learning and decrease rates of recidivism. These social enterprises and the others who joined the Project Literacy Lab were already effecting change when they received invites offering them the chance to spend two weeks camping in California troubleshooting their business models and figuring out how to scale their impact, with one catch – they had to be thinking about how their work could help to close the global literacy gap to support the 750 million people globally who are unable to read and write.

During the week of May 29th, we’ll be bringing 13 of the entrepreneurs together in London for the first time since July 2016 to build on the mentorship and tools they gained last year, supported by over 50 Pearson employees who will be helping to mentor them. 

On Thursday June 1st in London, we’ll bring together entrepreneurs, business leaders from tech and education, NGOs, and others excited by the impact of entrepreneurs and committed to making literacy accessible for all. I hope you’ll join us at the Royal Institution for this free event to see Kate James and Rod Bristow join entrepreneur, actress, and Project Literacy ambassador Lily ColeSam Baker, Co-Founder and Editor of the Pool, CEO and Founder of Unreasonable Daniel Epstein, and of course all 13 entrepreneurs who will share conversations and TED-style talks about literacy, innovation, and delivering impact at scale.


Location: The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS, UK

Date: Thursday, 1st June 2017

Time: 3-6pm BST

If you live outside the London area or are connecting from outside the UK, there’s good news. We will be livestreaming the event from 4:40-6pm BST on June 1st. Tune in and follow the action via our Facebook page: JOIN LIVESTREAM HERE

If you're accessing from outside the UK, the livestream will be live at the following times: 

  • 5:40-7pm SAST if you’re in South Africa
  • 9:10-10:30pm IST in you’re in India
  • 12:40-2pm BRT if you’re in São Paulo
  • 11:40am-1pm EST on the East Coast of the United States
  • 3:40-5pm GMT

We hope, wherever you are, you’ll keep that link running in the background. And of course, you can also watch later. :-)


More about Project Literacy Lab:

Last year, the inaugural Project Literacy Lab program brought together for-profit ventures, headquartered across 5 continents, in a private venue just outside of San Francisco. Over the course of this two week program, Pearson and the Unreasonable Group, as part of the Project Literacy campaign, aligned these entrepreneurs with the resources, mentorship, access to financing, and the global network of support needed to help them scale internationally faster.

25 May 2017 - 15:05