The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to Support Center for Innovation & the Arts
ATLANTA – Feb. 3, 2022 – Spelman College today announced a $10 million grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to support an on-campus creative hub for young entrepreneurs and innovators. The funding will establish the Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab. Formerly known as the Spelman Innovation Lab, the space is a campus-wide resource for entrepreneurial ideation, unconventional research, experimental pedagogy and exploratory play. The Arthur M. Blank Innovation Lab will form a hub for creative inquiry in Spelman's new Center for Innovation & the Arts, a state-of-the-art learning environment slated to open in 2024. In addition to cutting edge technology tools, the Lab will work closely with the Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CBE), and the entrepreneurship minor in Spelman's Department of Economics to provide a host of rich co-curricular activities.
Popular programs, like Spelpreneur, will live in the dynamic Innovation Lab where budding entrepreneurs and innovators across multiple disciplines will work together to create new ideas to solve old problems.