About Source

Source Institute is run by Salim Virani and Bart Doorneweert.

It started in 2014 with the observation that as the world changes faster, traditional education struggles to keep up, while peer learning speeds up progress.

As a skunkworks, we explored peer learning in various forms, and had a few successes:

  • Africa's biggest online tech entrepreneurship course, taught by African founders about topics relevant to them.
  • A pinnacle program for UK's Newton Fund, which consistently delivered relevant training in science and engineering commercialization to 15 countries on 3 continents.
  • A Pan-African commercialization program for engineers, and built it up within 3 years to achieve a 50% success rate of early-stage portfolio companies.
  • Including peer learning in conferences like City AI and Lean Startup Summit.

Our overall experience took us from developing entrepreneurship education programs for and with many of the world's top-performers.

But beyond that, we explored the lesser-known places where innovation happens. We spent a lot of time exploring different regions of the world to understand them, and developed a strong network of facilitators and innovation hubs across Asia, Europe and Africa.

So we're writing a book....

The Peer Learning Guide is an attempt to share the stories of our role models, our stories about what's worked for us, and provide educators and learners with a model for improving their educational experiences with Peer Learning.