Erik Lindbergh

A commercial rated pilot, artist, entrepreneur and speaker, Erik Lindbergh is the grandson of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Erik is the Founder and Chairman of LEAP whose mission is to stimulate innovation for a resilient future. LEAP has two programs: the LEAP Education Program, where student teams create short video documentaries focusing on innovation, and the LEAP electric flight program, designed to accelerate the development of the electric aircraft industry.

Erik currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Aviation High School in Seattle, and the Olympic Park Institute. Previous experience includes serving as Vice President and Trustee of the X PRIZE Foundation, Chairman of the board of the Lindbergh Foundation, Public relations for Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing, Spokesperson for Immunex, and as the National Spokesperson for AOPA’s project pilot mentorship program. Erik is also an accomplished artist whose unique sculpture and furniture designs out of wood and bronze can be seen at

Erik’s work with the XPRIZE Foundation showed him that the impossible dream is indeed possible. “We shifted the worlds perspective on spaceflight with the Ansari XPRIZE, and in the process, we unleashed the potential for incentive prizes to be applied to the great social, technical, and environmental problems of our time. Now, we must realize that potential.”

A master storyteller, Erik uses exciting images, video clips and humor to take his audiences on a journey from the past, to the present and into the revolutionary future of flight. This journey sets the stage for LEAP, which uses video storytelling to incentivize existing innovators and inspire the next generation of student innovators to ensure a healthy and prosperous future for our planet.


Erik Lindbergh

Prize Driven Innovation

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