The Spindle Summer Labs

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The Spindle Summer Labs 2018

Entries for The Summer Labs are closed since the 31th of May. In the following weeks, The Summer Labs will accelerate nine innovative ideas that contribute to an inclusive, just and sustainable world. Check in again to find out which teams proceed to The Spindle Summer Labs (our Jury will select the nine best ideas) and who is still in the race for The Best Idea Award on October 11 at Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam!

You learn best when you have fun, are connected and passionate about the idea you’re working on. This is the philosophy behind The Spindle Summer Labs. We aim to create a space in which creativity is triggered and you boost the setup of a new plan, project, business model, policy, product or service in the world of international development. Get ready for an intense, inspirational and awesome summer, in which nine teams develop their idea with leading design agencies STBY and AndThePeople, making use of the network of The Spindle.


What we offer:

Ready-to-go pilot proposition
Through actively engaging in a creative programme you can accelerate your idea in one summer into a ready-to-go pilot proposition.

Intense coaching
Besides sharing innovation insights and knowledge, the experienced team of facilitators provide creative support and personal coaching.

Access to donors and constructing a fundraising strategy
During The Spindle Summer Labs, you create a funding plan for your pilot and get the chance to present it to potential donors and our jury.

Our expert network and new connections
You can access and make use of The Spindle’s network of 100+ NGOs and experts from a variety of backgrounds. Hook on to them and the needed expertise for your idea.

Personal and team development
While working with your team on your idea, you will gain new skills and insights on Human Centred Design and developing new concepts.

A chance to win The Spindle Award for Best Idea 2018
At the end of the summer, all teams present their idea to the jury. The three most promising ideas get the chance to pitch at the Partos Innovation Festival on October 11 and win The Spindle Award for Best Idea, €5000, €2500 or €1000 seed money!


What are we looking for?
We are looking for solutions that tackle a specific problem related to one of our four themes. Your idea does not have to disrupt and change the whole world, but we ask for you to be dedicated towards the solution of a problem within the context of development, either in the field or within the context of an NGO. Check out the exact criteria here and watch the video below to find out more about last year’s Summer Labs and the various ideas of the teams:


Save these dates to be able to join the Summer Labs on:

  • Friday June 15: Audition & Feed Forward*
  • Friday June 29: Summer Lab #1
  • Friday July 13: Summer Lab #2
  • Friday August 3: Summer Lab #3
  • Friday August 24: Summer Lab #4
  • Friday September 7: Summer Lab #5 & Final


Our jury



*Upon the number of applications, The Spindle may perform a preselection for the Audition & Feed Forward.


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