The Center for Applied Innovation Announces Solar Sister Girl Empowerment Campaign in Conjunction with the Invent for Humanity™ Technology Transfer Exchange Fair

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The Center for Applied Innovation, a Chicago based 501(C)3 non-profit organization, announced today a collaboration with Solar Sister, a social enterprise that provides women with training and support to create solar micro-enterprise businesses, providing much needed household income for women, and much needed light for their respective communities.

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“We provide girls and women with education, training, inventory and marketing support, creating sustainable businesses and empowering women with economic opportunity,” said Katherine Lucey, Founder and CEO of Solar Sister.

The Center for Applied Innovation, a Chicago based 501(C)3 non-profit organization, announced today a collaboration with Solar Sister, a social enterprise that provides women with training and support to create solar micro-enterprise businesses, providing much needed household income for women, and much needed light for their respective communities.

This collaboration has resulted in the creation of a campaign to be presented during the Invent for Humanity Technology Transfer Exchange Fair, taking place in Geneva, Switzerland on January 23-25, 2012. Invent for Humanity is a community, a marketplace and an event focused on harnessing technology for social good. Taking place in concert with the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) Global Technology Impact Forum, Invent for Humanity will support this and other enterprise-creation campaigns all across the globe.

Solar Sister’s Girl Empowerment Program advances girls’ science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through deliberate strategies to connect learning with real-life experiences incorporating technology and business skills, and provide expanded access to clean energy technologies that enhance educational performance.

Working closely with a Solar Sister mentor, the girls learn about solar technology, environmental and health benefits of clean energy technologies, and have the opportunity to participate in enterprise activities, directly earning income for school improvement projects.

Solar Sister leverages several solar powered appropriate technologies through its Girl Empowerment Program, several of which are to be exhibited during the upcoming Invent for Humanity Event, including solar powered products from d.light design.

Through the Invent for Humanity campaign, Solar Sister will educate and empower 100 girls in Uganda, where a growing number of households are headed by widowed women, and the face of poverty is predominately female. A World Bank report, Gender and Economic Growth in Uganda, concludes that while women comprise 80% of all unpaid workers, laboring on family farms or other informal work scenarios, research suggest that Ugandan women are highly entrepreneurial.*

“We provide girls and women with education, training, inventory and marketing support, creating sustainable businesses and empowering women with economic opportunity,” said Katherine Lucey, Founder and CEO of Solar Sister.

To contribute to this campaign or other Invent for Humanity Campaigns, visit http://inventforhumanity.org/donate/.

Invent for Humanity and the LESI Global Technology Impact Forum are open to the public. To register, visit: http://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=969745.

About the Invent for Humanity™ Technology Transfer Exchange Fair
Organized by the Center for Applied Innovation, the Invent for Humanity Technology Transfer Exchange Fair will take place in tandem with the LESI Global Technology Impact Forum 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 24-25, 2012. Invent for Humanity showcases field-ready sustainable innovations – Appropriate Technologies – and leverages the experience of professionals in IP and licensing in order to effectively match and structure the transfer of such technology to meet the needs of organizations working to benefit developing economies. The two day Invent for Humanity Technology Transfer Exchange Fair event is open to the media and the public.

About the Center for Applied Innovation (CAI)
The Center for Applied Innovation is an Illinois non-profit corporation created to manage education, public policy outreach and related economic activity around Applied Technology and intellectual property (IP) rights in the State of Illinois and around the world. Applied Technology is defined as proven IP or technology that is in use or was developed for a specific purpose and protected by patents and/or patent applications (as well as other forms of intellectual property such as trademarks and copyrights). CAI will examine the current environment and identify opportunities for IP to be utilized both in the State of Illinois and across the world to stimulate economic growth. The Center will create a critical mass of available resources and focus on redeploying existing IP, but will also encourage continued technology development.

About Solar Sister
Solar Sister is a social enterprise that provides women with training and support to create solar micro-businesses, providing much needed household income for the women, and much needed light for their communities. The women form a by-women, to-women distribution network that is strengthened by women’s natural circles of family, friends and community. This direct-sales network brings the solar technology right to the women’s doorstep and provides income generation opportunities for the women. Solar Sister provides women with education and training to better equip them to operate and maintain the solar technology and to help them achieve success as independent business women. We believe in the value of long term relationships to create an atmosphere of trust and understanding that enables the sharing of knowledge and technology.

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