Entrepreneurs Tackling Illiteracy: A look Inside Project Literacy Lab

WATCH: Kate James meets The Pool

On June 1st, 2017, at The Royal Institution of Great Britain, the 16 entrepreneurs from the 2016 Project Literacy Lab cohort presented their compelling for-profit solutions in a dynamic TED-style format. Watch the videos to hear what worked, what didn’t, and more about the critical role that entrepreneurs are playing in closing the global literacy gap.

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Keynote Speakers


SAM BAKER grew up in Hampshire and studied politics at Birmingham University before embarking on a successful 20-year career in magazine journalism, during which she edited some of the UK’s biggest magazines, including Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Red. In 2015, she co-founded and launched The Pool, with broadcaster Lauren Laverne, with a mission to celebrate and amplify women’s voices. An award-winning digital platform for women that has been described as redefining women’s media, The Pool was recently awarded Best Mobile Lifestyle Site/App at the Webbys (also known as the highest honour the internet can bestow).


LILY COLE, actress, activist, and Project Literacy Ambassador, has been working with Project Literacy since February 2016, helping garner awareness about the devastating impact illiteracy has on a range of social and economic problems across the globe. She began her career in fashion and was the youngest model to appear on the British Vogue cover, then started working in film in 2006. Lily went on to be awarded a First Class Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from the University of Cambridge in 2011. In 2013 she launched, a company using technology for social impact. Lily has spoken at The Houses of Parliament, Google’s Zeitgeist conference and Wired, and holds an Honorary Degree for her contribution to humanitarian and environmental causes from Glasgow Caledonian University.