HP LIFE, an innovative online learning program, recognized for responsible entrepreneurship

HP LIFE, a program of the HP Foundation, has been selected by Bertelsmann Stiftung as one of 12 global best practice initiatives for responsible entrepreneurship as part of its 2016 Reinhard Mohn Prize.

The Prize was created in honor of Bertelsmann Stiftung founder, Reinhard Mohn, and is awarded annually to an exceptional, globally-active individual who has played a key role in creating solutions to social and political issues. In addition, 12 best practices for responsible entrepreneurship were identified during the Prize Committee’s global search for a winner. These best practices, including HP LIFE, were published in the Bertelsmann Stiftung book: Responsible Entrepreneurship, Business & Society: Bridging the Gap.

“We are thrilled that HP LIFE has been recognized by Bertelsmann Stiftung as one of its 12 best practices for responsible entrepreneurship,” says Nate Hurst, HP’s Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer. “I’d like to thank the HP LIFE team and all our partners. They have enabled us to develop and implement a program that is helping people all over the world learn the skills they need to make life better, not just for themselves but for their families and the communities in which they live.”

The HP LIFE program offers free online micro-courses in seven languages to anyone with a computer and internet access. The 25 self-paced courses provide basic business, IT, and entrepreneurship skills training that is especially effective in communities where economic development is needed most. The core business areas of communications, operations, marketing and finance are covered, as well special topics such as effective leadership, energy efficiency and social entrepreneurship. As a result, people like Anis in Tunisia and Kevin in Kenya are able to learn the practical skills they need to create jobs, develop an existing business or improve their job readiness.

In early 2016, HP LIFE 2.0, a new social knowledge sharing version of the program, was launched. Powered by EdCast, a global social knowledge network built to enhance peer to peer collaboration and online learning, HP LIFE 2.0 provides users with new and extensive learning opportunities from across the EdCast network, including new topics and access to additional quality content from global thought-leaders.

According to the Bertelsmann Stiftung Prize Committee, the HP LIFE program stood out as an example of responsible entrepreneurship for the following reasons:

  1. Mission to provide access to a quality education
    HP LIFE’s twenty-five self-paced courses provide basic business, IT, and entrepreneurship skills training that is especially effective in communities where economic development is needed most - empowering people all over the world to raise themselves up and create a better life.

  2. Collaborating to extend the program’s reach
    HP collaborates with leading NGOs and government organizations around the world to integrate HP LIFE into existing education programs to extend its reach on the ground. For example:
    • • Europe: Junior Achievement
    • • USA: NACCE (National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship); SkillsUSA, USAID (United States Agency for International Development)
    • • Tunisia: UNIDO (United Nations International Development Organization); USAID
    • • Myanmar: USAID, Indiana University
    • • China Enactus
    • • India NSDC (National Skills Development Corporation), Pratham Education Foundation
  1. Enabling access for all
    HP LIFE is available 24/7 and is free for anyone to use – all that is needed is a computer and access to the internet. All courses are available in seven languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish), and the flexibility of the program means it can be used by independent learners as well as educators, trainers, and mentors to enrich their curriculum.

  2. Impact
    • • More than 600,000 people, from over 200 countries and territories, have registered to use the program since its launch
    • • 84% of HP LIFE users credit the program with helping them to reach their professional goals