The Interledger Foundation and Bowie State Create New Partnership

Sep 14, 2022

Students to Learn and Experiment With Open Payment Technologies

Bowie, MD - August 31, 2022 - – The Interledger Foundation (ILF) awarded Bowie State University(BSU) a $25,000 grant to partner on an undergraduate course that will enable students to explore open payments technologies and issues in eCommerce and personal finance. Open payments technologies allow individuals and businesses to pay for goods and services online via a phone, mobile device, or plug-in technologies from anywhere in the world at any time.

In addition, ILF is funding the students of this pilot cohort to participate in the Interledger Protocol Summit in November 2022 in New Orleans. This opportunity will expose students to the digital financial ecosystem, open payment systems, micro-transactions and web monetization. These are a few of the concepts that will be explored throughout the course.

The course, which will be offered in the College of Business this fall semester will introduce students to innovative technologies and allow them to research ways how more people can use the internet to gain greater financial access to goods and services worldwide, particularly in developing nations.

Business transactions and how people conduct their finances online have been revolutionized by the Internet, facilitated by innovations and new digital financial systems. As the financial landscape changes, there is a need to ensure a robust and diverse pipeline of emerging professionals that is ready to meet the challenges of a changing financial ecosystem. BSU is the first HBCU to partner with the Interledger Foundation for students to learn more about open payment technologies.

“Bowie State University’s collaboration with the Interledger Foundation is a significant step in the right direction to prepare a cadre of students with the requisite knowledge and exposure to the evolution of 21st century eCommerce,” said Briana Marbury, Executive Director of the Interledger Foundation. “It will also serve as a medium to increase awareness about financial innovation developed to create a more equitable and creative society through an open payments network for individuals and businesses to buy and sell products and services irrespective of where they are located in the world.”

BSU’s Management Information Systems Department will offer the modified eCommerce course for students pursuing degrees in information systems, marketing, entrepreneurship, management, accounting, computer science, security, and technology. Each student will be encouraged to interact with mentors, practitioners and open web payment advocates. The course model emulates broad Inteledger Foundation concepts as it pertains to the role of web payments in fostering more efficient and equitable commerce. Students will have a multi-progressive deliverable as part of a capstone project.

“The partnership with the Interledger Foundation introduces students, Bowie State, and the community to advanced capabilities and knowledge through experiences in digital finance and open payments,” said Dr Andrew Mangle, assistant professor of management information systems in the College of Business at Bowie State University. “Students will participate with the Interledger community by engaging with entrepreneurs, and innovators, and developing impactful solutions to promote equitable and inclusive markets.”

This collaboration is a pilot that the Interledger Foundation hopes to expand to other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other schools that serve historically excluded communities.

The Interledger Foundation has funded people and ideas using the Interledger Protocol (ILP) to contribute to an open payments network built on equitable access through the internet. Approximately $10 million has been granted to supporting projects in over 38 countries.

About Interledger Foundation

The Interledger Foundation is a non-profit advocate for the web, promoting innovation, creativity, and inclusion by advancing open payment standards and technologies that seamlessly connect our global society. And all the work we do is to connect and benefit every human, regardless of identity, geography, or income. Website:

About Bowie State University

Bowie State University is the oldest historically black university (HBCU) in Maryland. The present-day public university, located in suburban Bowie, Maryland, was founded by the Baltimore Association for the Moral and Educational Improvement of Colored People in 1865. Bowie State has five colleges with 18 departments offering 23 undergraduate majors, 19 master’s degree programs, two doctoral programs, and numerous advanced certificate programs. Website: