International Orchestra of Refugees to join Harvard Innovation Labs

International Orchestra of Refugees to Join Harvard Innovation Labs

CAMBRIDGE, MA, September 17th, 2019 — The International Orchestra of Refugees (IOR) has been accepted into the Harvard Innovation Labs’ Venture Incubation Program for Fall 2019. The Venture Incubation Program (VIP) is a resource-rich program designed to accelerate entrepreneurial ventures while diving deep into the world of innovation. Harvard’s 12-week incubator program will start on September 17th, 2019, and run until December 6th, 2019.

Accompanied by a network of highly-curated advisors and mentors, peer collaboration and interaction, comprehensive resource and programming support, the VIP is designed to allow venture teams to explore, develop, test, and further refine ideas. Additionally, the incubator prepares teams for the spring session, and the chance to compete in the annual President’s Innovation Challenge.

Through the Harvard Innovation Labs, the International Orchestra of Refugees will further accelerate its mission and strategic plan, with a focus on developing its virtual orchestra. As a precursor to a physical orchestra, the IOR team is developing a digital database connecting displaced musicians with opportunities around the globe. From this virtual orchestra will spawn a physical orchestra, one that embodies the strength of the human spirit.

The Harvard Innovation Labs (i-lab) is an operating unit of Harvard University. The i-lab is an innovation ecosystem that exists to support Harvard students and select alumni in their quest to explore the world of game-changing entrepreneurship.

For more information on the Harvard Innovation Labs, please visit

Written by Sebastian Agignoae, International Orchestra of Refugees


About International Orchestra of Refugees

IOR’s mission is empowering displaced musicians to become musical ambassadors of peace, through orchestral opportunities and collaborative community.

“The International Orchestra of Refugees gives these people who are displaced the opportunity to prosper, not just survive.”

-Sebastian V. Agignoae, Founder & Director of IOR


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