Lewis Latimer Fellowship
All cultures that thrive need the nourishment provided by their risk-taking heroes. Without openly recognizing and celebrating these heroes, the culture would be devoid of its critical “inspiration layer” that educates the next generation of aspiring citizens about what is possible and encourages bold thinking at a systems level.
An Accelerator Program for Black Innovators
At the Edison Awards, while channeling the spirit of Edison’s principal collaborator Lewis H. Latimer, we recognize that it’s time to fully celebrate and acknowledge Black, modern-day hero innovators that remain largely hidden in the long shadows cast by cultural institutions that have benefited from their innovations
The Edison Awards introduced an accelerator program in 2022 for Black Innovators with the passion and dedication to innovation that Lewis Latimer represented. Modeled after Y Combinator and the McArthur Genius Award, Lewis Latimer Fellowship is designed to provide special access to the Edison corporate innovation network, mentorship and capital to an annual cohort of six black innovators per year.
The Intention of the Lewis Latimer Fellowship is to:
2023 Lewis Latimer Fellows
2022 Lewis Latimer Fellows
Apply to be Named a 2024 Latimer Fellow
Lewis Howard Latimer (1848–1928) was a patent draftsman and inventor who worked with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison in the post-Civil War era. His name will be forever associated with two of the most revolutionary inventions of all time: the telephone and the incandescent electric light bulb.