Over the past 4 years, Schoolab San Francisco has become a global leader in bridging education, design thinking, and societal issues working with companies such as Atlassian, Meta, and Google. We have partnered up with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in our newest open-innovation program for racial equity, the Equitable Design Lab.
Develop impactful projects
Expand sustainability on existing markets and enter new markets.
Create a deeper connection with your clients, users, and stakeholders.
Attract and retain top UC Berkeley talent from diverse backgrounds.
Each semester our program partners with companies across different industries, such as; tech, consumer goods, real estate, local government, and health care. Participating companies identify a design challenge around inclusion and equity. Students apply our framework to understand and address potential solutions to reimagine more inclusion and accessibility based products that could produce equitable outcomes
Work to build equity fluency through a series of modules. In order to connect with diverse users, it
is important to understand how power and privilege exists in spaces.
By addressing the needs of the end user and a diversity of stakeholders, teams will be able to understand the mindset of consumers through empathetic observation within a system.
IDEATION & PROTOTYPING
Iterative testing is an important aspect of validating needs of stakeholders. By creating a visualization or rapid-prototype that captures the experience of an idea, we will be able to understand a comprehensive impact.
The end goal for our methodology is sustainable impact. For this reason an important dimension of our launch strategy is creating not only a process around implementation, but also integrating a mechanism for feedback.
projects within one year.
corporate partners, startups and local governments.
University of California, at Berkeley
A dedicated team of diverse multi-disciplinary students from UC Berkeley spend a semester working together to design solutions for that challenge. Students gain training on innovation methodologies applied through the lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Our Partnership with UC Berkeley
Innovation, Impact, and Entrepreneurship are key pillars of the Berkeley Haas education. This has earned it a ranking among the best business schools in the world by The Economist, Financial Times, QS World University Rankings, U.S. News & World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Explore some of our key projects
Equitable Design Lab: Innovation and Bias, Increasing Access for Diverse Startups
Schoolab's Equitable Design Lab team built an innovation to eliminate the lack of diversity in participation and expose bias in program performance, creating a more inclusive platform for YouNoodle’s customers.
Enhancing Circular Economy to eliminate plastic packaging and reduce food waste
Golden Gate Group embarked on a four-month journey with young innovators from Bach Khoa university. They joined Schoolab’s student-corporate sustainable innovation program, Deplastify the Planet, to tackle two major issues: takeaway plastic and food waste.
Creating a compostable packaging out of waste
Method, a company that manufactures a wide range of sustainable cleaning products, and Whole Foods, the multinational supermarket chain now acquired by Amazon, paired together to find a circular model for Method’s packaging.
Chanel Design Fiction framework unveil scenarios about possible future for the luxury industry.
The Schoolab team used its unique Design Fiction framework to unveil scenarios about the future of the luxury industry and the positioning of Chanel
Using blockchain technology to help track plastic waste
At Schoolab’s “Deplastify the Planet”, Lonely Whale teamed up with four UC Berkeley students to solve the traceability issue of plastic waste, and create an incentive system for companies to use recycled and upcycled plastics.