Who We Are
The Innovation School Florida
Young Innopreneurs, Inc. was founded in 2020 by a team of highly qualified individuals, including a successful entrepreneur, an experienced educator, an experience designer and curriculum developer, and a former management consultant and social entrepreneur.
Inspirations and Curriculum The program’s curriculum was by renowned institutions and frameworks such as IDEO, UNSDG educational framework, Stanford’s d.school, MIT’s Media Lab, and Duke University’s CASE Program (Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship).
Collaborations and Support To date, Young Innopreneurs, Inc. has successfully reached out to new local partners, individual parents, higher educators, local school systems, philanthropists, and mentors and judges who wish to engage in supporting our program.
Scaling and Regional Focus While Young Innopreneurs currently in Central Florida, our goal is to work with youths and young adults regionally and later scale our impact nationally and globally.
Our ultimate mission is to help students explore their passions, see problems as opportunities, develop the confidence and agency to act on those opportunities and pursue fulfilling, productive lives.
If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good, I am satisfied.
Patrick Odoyo - Founder
About Patrick Odoyo & The Team
Patrick Odoyo is a dynamic and accomplished leader with a remarkable background in education, community building, nonprofit management, and social enterprise development. His unique superpower lies in empowering changemakers to envision and design systems, acquire essential skills, transform organizations, and set social innovation strategies to achieve their mission and goals.
Patrick is now deeply immersed in Young InnoPreneurs Inc., a transformative experiential education program centered on social innovation and entrepreneurship in Central Florida. In partnership with non-profits, businesses, schools, colleges, churches, and youth centers, the program aims to bridge educational gaps for middle school, high school, and college students. Through an action-based approach, Young InnoPreneurs offers a guided changemaking curriculum and toolkit, empowering youths and young adults to build impactful enterprises and impact organizations, fostering a thriving and holistic community.
Hailing from a small village in west Kenya, Patrick’s journey was shaped by his supportive family and a strong sense of community. Raised by parents who emphasized the value of helping others and education, he pursued a college education despite financial challenges. The opportunity to study at the United States International University-Africa in Nairobi was a turning point in his life, fueling his passion for computers and information technology, which he believed would empower his community.
Throughout his career, Patrick has spent seven years in Higher Education at two universities, serving as a consultant and Director for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In this capacity, he developed visionary strategies that advanced social innovation education across universities and broader communities. Patrick played a pivotal role in integrating social entrepreneurship into academic offerings and engaging faculty, staff, and students in exploring social innovation outside the classroom.
His contributions extended to high school education, where he worked as a business education teacher, playing a vital role in advancing social innovation and social entrepreneurship within the school and its communities.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Patrick’s dedication to community building and social impact is evident in his successful creation of innovative enterprises and programs. These initiatives have been developed, tested, and launched by students and community members, benefitting families, communities, and the environment both locally and globally.
In addition to his impressive achievements, Patrick’s personal diversity statement reflects his strong sense of purpose and the profound impact of his African philosophy, “Ubuntu,” which emphasizes understanding diverse needs, community responsibility, and finding joy in connecting with others’ experiences.
His mission is clear—to create unique pipelines of opportunity that empower future students to make a lasting impact in their communities beyond graduation. Patrick envisions an education system that values diversity, embraces equity, and fosters inclusion and belonging through human-centered design and social innovation.
While miles away from his hometown in Kenya, Patrick’s heart remains connected to his roots. He continues to support the Dago Dala Hera Community Center, a beacon of hope for his community’s advancement and beyond. Through his efforts to share with the world the vision of his village, he works tirelessly to provide essential support to partners helping Dago Village advance their efforts of building sustainable development programs and supporting better lifestyles in the community.
Patrick’s journey exemplifies his commitment to community, education, and social innovation, driven by the love and support of both his American and African networks. He embodies the spirit of empowerment, collaboration, and belonging—a true changemaker who enriches the lives of those around him.