Ilana Ben-Ari

Toy Designer • Social Entrepreneur • sheEO

Ilana Ben-Ari

is a toy designer turned social entrepreneur. She is the inventor of the Empathy Toy and founder of Twenty One Toys, the passion project that took flight after a school board found her TEDx talk on Twitter and put in their first toy order. She can currently be found at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto working on the upcoming Failure Toy, or running around the world teaching schools and offices how to teach empathy with toys.

Inventor of:

The Empathy Toy
The Failure Toy

Read her story on Medium:

"These aren't my pants"

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Media Coverage:

The Globe and Mail
CBC Our Toronto
Time Magazine
The Guardian
The Independent
Financial Post


TEDx Talk
Growth Mindset

Awards & Recognitions:

Canadian Export Challenge Pitch Competition winner
Archangel Summit's Moonshot Pitch Competition winner
winner of SheEO Radical Generosity award
Ariane de Rothschild Fellow
Spin Master Innovation Fund winner