The process we have designed is focused on identifying the best proven innovations with the greatest potential for impact. Our obsession is to facilitate their implementation.
We also seek to engage key local stakeholders to meet with the innovators to create the best conditions for a successful adaptation and implementation. It is a flexible and efficient process, adapted to each challenge identified and to the selected innovations.
The first step is to identify the question and the key concepts that will guide the research.
It is important that the formulation of the challenge emanates from an explicit local demand.
In some cases, it is necessary to organize a workshop to involve key stakeholders in defining the challenge.
We identify innovative solutions that successfully respond to the challenge, both locally and in the rest of the world.
We launch a global call for proven innovations, and we research proactively through the global networks of innovators such as: Ashoka, Avina, City Mart, Schwab Foundation, Skoll Foundation and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Unreasonable Institute and Young Foundation.
Selection of the best solutions
A jury, composed of experts and key stakeholders select the 2 or 3 innovations with the greatest potential to respond successfully to the challenge locally.
The main selection criteria for innovations are evidence of impact, the existence of a consolidated sustainability/income model, and the scale of implementation (expecting that the innovation has been implemented in different contexts).
Adaptation and connections
Then, we make an in-depth analysis to better understand the innovation, its sustainability model, and its replication strategy.
We do a first adaptation of the model to the local context and we create a map of potential stakeholders needed for implementation.
Innovators visit and meeting agenda
We organize an agenda of meetings of the innovators with stakeholders to facilitate commitment for implementation. These include potential investors, NGOs, public institutions, companies, foundations, entrepreneurs, trade unions, academia...
We consider the participation of the innovators in the adaptation and implementation of their model to be a critical success factor.
Accompanying local implementation
We follow up the commitments made during the meetings and facilitate implementation by providing advice in planning, strategic alliances, access to key connections and catalyzing the first commercial contracts.