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Collaboration to build a Purpose-Driven Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at The University & Beyond
1. Pilot Proposal
4. Appendix
3. How can Lumi work with you?
2. Why Lumi?
2. What is Lumi and what outcomes does it deliver?
Table of Contents:

Pilot Proposal

Scope: Lumi quest in hybrid format starting with a workshop style format in Dubai followed by the remaining quest in virtual modeParticipants: Students from UK, Dubai, and Singapore campus visiting Dubai campus for the 4-day event.Program DeliveryOption 1: Regular Quest DeliveryStudents sign up for the Lumi Quest.First, a 3-hour workshop where the initial sessions of Lumi are covered. Followed by the remaining sessions to be conducted in virtual mode.Option 2: Entrepreneurship Workshop Followed by Regular QuestA 3-hour workshop in Dubai about Entrepreneurship.Following workshop, students sign up for the Lumi Quest. All sessions conducted in virtual mode.Facilitation:CEO and Founder to conduct the 3-hour workshop in personGlobal Facilitators led by UoB alumni in virtual sessionsCo-Founder & Prof of Stanford Uni to participate in 1 session for feedback

Initiative 2: Entrepreneurship Workshop

Scope: Facilitate students to scope out a real-world/business challengeOutcome: A well formed business idea to be presented in video format. Shortlisted students will develop a detailed presentation for UK visit.Quest Phases In Scope: Investigate, Ideate, Elevator Pitch of Idea Out of Scope: Solutioning, Prototype, Test, Iterate, Capstone PresentationParticipants: Up to 20 students in Dubai campusTimeline: March 7 - March 24, 2024Quest Sessions: 6-8 live sessions, each 1 hour long + offline activitiesDelivery: Virtual modeFacilitation: 1-2 Global Facilitators led by University of Birmingham, UK campus, alumniCEO & Founder to kick-off program and help refine ideas later in personCo-Founder & Prof of Stanford University to give feedback to ideas across (1 session)

Initiative 1: Business Idea Competition



University budget to fund part of student cost OR set up a challenge prize

Actual Price: $900 per student. 25% introductory discount

$675 per student


Initiative 2: Entrepreneurship Workshop

Initiative 1: Business Idea Competition


What is Lumi and its outcomes?

However..."The next 1,000 unicorns won’t be search engines or social media companies, they’ll be sustainable, scalable innovators e.g., startups that help tackle issues related to climate change" - Larry Fink, CEO Blackrock


Equitably develop a million young people globally with the skills and the network to solve the biggest challenges of today/tomorrow.


Development of values-driven Entrepreneurship AI and Design-Thinking skills in the young people across the world


Most valuable companies of our generation built around tech, design, entrepreneurship

Lumi: Our Purpose

Help further the reputation & brand to attract quality students from across the globe



Develop a virtuous loop to learn, earn and innovate as students participate and then facilitate Lumi's Quests

Help develop an entrepreneurship ecosystem that attracts industry & government participation in a win-win fashion

Help students build solutions targeting hottest global topics & demonstrable entrepreneurship, AI and design-thinking skills

How can Lumi Support Universities

Lumi was conceptualised by a father & son duo in 2020(click image to read the story)

  • We run digital, scalable cohort-based Quests guided by innovation facilitators
  • Supported by an AI-augmented online learning platform
  • Participants produce novel tech-enabled startup ideas to business problems
  • And develop entrepreneurship, design and AI-readiness skills

Lumi develops entrepreneurship and innovation skills in young people.

Mentors participants as an industry expert/entrepreneurA SME Mentor
Runs the Lumi QuestsA Paid Innovation Facilitator
Participates in Lumi QuestsA Luminary


How Lumi will create a virtuous loop for university students to learn, earn and innovate for a brighter future

Univ. Of Birmingham Graduate with 5+ years in sustainability & education

Nefelie KalavrezouProduct Delivery, LumiLondon

Biz.Dev & Youth Skill Development


15+ years in Robotics, Applied Linguisitics, and Design Thinking

Dr. Tatia WaQuest DesignerLondon

Member of House of Lords, Former MP & Cabinet Minister, UK

Seasoned Chair of Global Businesses, Knight

Lord Henry BellinghamChairmanLondon

College and Career Readiness, ex-College Board

Curriculum and Quest Designer, Imperial College London Prof

Design Thinking & Innovation, Stanford University Prof

Ed-Tech & Multi-exit Entrepreneur,ex-McKinsey

15+ years in global education management, management consulting

Harish MenonVice President, InternationalDubai

23+ years as VC, Stanford Professor & World Leading Design Thinking Expert

Dr Christopher ShenCo-founder & Chief Innovation OfficerSan Francisco

23+ year track record in 5 startups. Recognised leader in global Ed-Tech

Prashant RaizadaFounder - CEO London

Lumi comprises a top-notch global team with deep experience in entrepreneurship, technology, and education


Topics linked to UNSDGs (e.g., Sustainable Cities, Climate Change, Health)

Prof. Christopher Shen, Co-Founder of Lumi


Live, facilitated sessions undertaken in 8-15 weeks or as a week-long hackathon

Up to 10 participants/Quest from across year-groups or a single one

Developed with Renowned Design-Thinking & Innovation Professor at Stanford University

The Quest is accredited by Stanford University affiliated institution

The Lumi Quest: A design-thinking-led journey

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Watch A Quest in Action


Incentivising users to buy less food to reduce waste!

Connecting care homes with schools globally for learning, in a safe way!

Offering grocers soon to expire food at discount - contributing a % to a good cause!

Win point & buy gifts for your virtual pet by taking shorter showers!

Allowing locals to deliver food to the elderly & disabled!

Pre-ordered school meals to reduce food waste!

An interative curriculum building awareness on forms of equality!

Overall, over 80 innovations have emerged from Lumi's Quests some of which have significant potential as standalone businesses

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Measure & improve your green impact while competing with friends!


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Key Skills Developed by Lumi

Each participant obtains a Future Skills Passport: A proprietary credential that can significantly boost their career prospects

Why Lumi

  • US college admissions and career readiness expert
  • 20 years of global education leadership (SAT, PSAT, AP, Big Future, Fin Aid, etc.)
  • Multi-year partnerships development with K-12, Higher Ed, NGOs, and governments
  • Chair, IC3, Student Mental Health Taskforce
  • Former management consultant for Education, Manufacturing, and Financial Services industries
  • Member of IACAC
  • BTech IIT - Bombay, MS Carnegie Mellon Uni

College and Career Readiness,ex-College Board

Harish MenonVP, InternationalDubai

  • Member of the House of Lords, UK
  • Former Cabinet Minister under David Cameron
  • Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Africa
  • Member of Parliament, UK
  • Senior Adviser to J. Stern & Co. LLP, a fund management company
  • Non-executive chairman of Clifton Africa
  • Magdalene College, Cambridge University

Senior British Politician, Policymaker and Business Leader

Lord Henry BellinghamChairmanLondon

Global Design Thinking & Innovation, Leader

  • Ex-McKinsey serial entrepreneur with 24 years globally in ed-tech/tech/strategy
  • Founding team member of Infosys BPM, acquired by Infosys Technologies for $2bn
  • Founder & CEO, EnglishUp, Macmillan Publisher, 3rd largest English learning co., Brazil
  • Founding Operating Leader of Holtzbrinck- Macmillan $100m Digital Education Fund
  • Advisor to boards of several education cos.
  • BS IIT- Varanasi, MBA IIM-Calcutta
  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Stanford University. Trained 200+ Fellows over 20+ years in a design-thinking le medical innovation
  • 25 years as a Life sciences venture capitalist with USD$2B+ in value creation
  • Founder, Singapore Biodesign, the first official partnership with Stanford Biodesign
  • Former physician, medical device inventor, venture capitalist passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation
  • BS, MS, MD & MBA from Stanford University


Ed-Tech & Multi-exit Entrepreneur

Dr Christopher ShenCo-founder & CIOSan Francisco

Prashant RaizadaFounder - CEO Dubai, London

The Lumi Founders & Core Leadership are highly accomplished global leaders

80+ innovations tackling global issues

Influenced over 10K peopleworldwide

Over 50% of participants are female

Lumi has worked with students in 14+ countries

identified Lumi as an emerging provider in the Ed-Tech sector, 2023Showcased at the Early Stage Investor Conference as a high potential ventureShowcased by The Commonwealthat COP27

1000+ students have experienced Lumi


Global Impact + Public Recognition


Lumi has worked with or attracted students from leading universities worldwide

Lumi School Partners

Cheryl LiGender Violence AdvocateRefuge

Hanna PrytherchPolicy ConsultantFlint Global

Michelle KimUN SDG EducatorHarvard/Alberta University

Jemima SnelsonDTE TeacherHighgate School

Siddharth BarothESG AnalystBuchanan

Agustin PerezAI EngineerAmira AI

Rahel KissBehavioral DesignerThe Behavioralist

Calvin Ng'WonoManagement Consultant McKinsey & Company

Hanako KawasakiInnovation ConsultantInnovia

Udodirim IroaganachiProduct ManagerMicrosoft


Examples: How Lumi's facilitators from various universities have secured top jobs worldwide, linked to their passions & skills


UN Conference of Parties

A Big Four Accounting Firm

A Global Healthcare Major

A UK Bank

A Major UK Bank

A Leading Tech. & Financial Info. Company

Talent-led collaboration to upskill apprentices and graduates with cutting edge future skills while solving sustainability challenges

A Global Tech Major

Impact & Outreach-led collaboration to run Quests with young people from the UK, India and Singapore and with deep involvement from employees as mentors

Knight Dragon- Global Real Estate Co.

Showcased by The Commonwealth at COP27 as a high impact venture to empower young people on the topic of Climate change
Impact focused collaboration with a UK Bank to run Future Cities & Inequality focused Quests for school students in the UK
Selected as a high potential startup within their Eco-Disruptive initiative, also sponsored to showcase innovations at the Cheltenham Literary Festival
Impact-led collaboration with Knight Dragon to run sustainability focused Quests for school students in the Greenwich Peninsula
Innovation and Impact-led collaboration with Nationwide to run Quests for underserved school students in NW England on the topic of Green Homes
Talent upskilling collaboration with a Big Four to run a quest for apprentices to develop Cybersecurity innovations

Leading global companies have collaborated with Lumi (select examples)

How can Lumi work with you?

Scale quests to innovate on challenges pursued by academia and industry. Collaborate with other universities. Evolve into an accelerator program that brings in additional support and funding.

Setup an Innovation Hub on Campus


Bring in corporates to sponsor quests. Builds career readiness, sets up networking opportunities, and enhances career placement opportunities (and student recruitment). Partner with gov't to support D33 agenda.

Forge Linkages with Industries and Gov't


Build a Student-Led Quest Program

Create a virtuous loop as students return to Lumi to be an Innovation Facilitator and get paid for facilitating next batches of students. And as a result further enhances their skills.


Build skills in Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking and AI-readiness skills in the first batch of students.

Launch As An Elective Course


Run a lite version of the Lumi program for the (1) Business Idea Competition and/or (2) the Entrepreneurship Workshop as a Proof of concept to validate Lumi program efficacy for integration into Entreprepneurship Program

Conduct a Proof of Concept



How Lumi can work with you


Member of Stanford Undergraduate Committee

" At Stanford we are increasingly looking for a different kind of applicant - someone who has done something different, delivered real-world impact. Lumi seems to offer a chance to do exactly that. "

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What School Heads think about Lumi...


Select Energy Transition innovations were showcased at COP27 in Egypt, 2022.See what happened here

The Commonwealth COP27 and COP28


School Roster

The Foundation School

  • St Ignatius (UK)
  • Hamiliton (Mexico)
  • Purium Schools (South Korea)
  • The Foundation School (India)
  • Inventure Academy (India)
  • Safa Community School (Dubai)

Lumi School Partners

  • Kings College Wimbledon (UK)
  • Putney High School (UK)
  • Repton School (UK)
  • Donhead Prep School (UK)
  • Cowley International College (UK)
  • Charterhouse (UK)
  • De La Salle School (UK)