There is going to be ample opportunity for networking with our exclusive partnership with DEAL ROOM. More info on onboarding is coming soon.
Below is the final schedule for the conference.
NOTE: Both days will have lunch and afternoon snack. Coffee and tea will be served all through the day.
Morning coffee available. Please note that there is no breakfast.
Europe based impact investors and ask about their experiences and their vision for the future. The panel consists of investors based in Europe but doing investments both in Europe and Africa. The discussion will include how impact investing practice fits in with the SDGs- the challenges and the blind spots. The topics will also cover impact bonds and equity in the impact investing asset class.
10 pre-selected startup pitches – Winner selection by jury of Investors and Experts
– Organised with Vault Impact, and FiBAN
Lendahand sources investment capital from private individuals in Europe and invest this in the debt of high impact SMEs in emerging markets. Lendahand is now scaling up and seeking to cooperate with institutional players in the field
People in the world’s most fragile and marginalized need decent opportunities and jobs to ensure sustainable growth. The private sector is urgently needed to innovate products and services that can create impact through solving problems in these communities. NGO’s, local and international, have a long history of investing in the development of people and communities around the world. NGO’s can be important partners and can help to ensure the right contextual approach, risk management, and business models. Talk highlights issues to consider when building win-win multisectoral collaboration models in these, sometimes challenging, environments.
Investments made by business angels at the grass root level are vital for impact ventures to sprout and become flourishing growth companies. Join the panel discussion with Finnish Business Angels Network (FiBAN) – one of Europe’s biggest business angel networks. FiBAN members Janne Jormalainen, Saga Forss and Fabian Sepulveda will share their impact investing best practices in the panel discussion moderated by FiBAN’s Managing Director Reidar Wasenius.
Morning coffee available. Please note that there is no breakfast.
Frugal Innovations present robust, simple and often sustainable alternatives to high-end solutions. The current focus of scientific research is on emerging markets as key customers for these solutions. Western societies, however, also have an increasing interest in Frugal Innovations that is fueled by the ongoing Neo-Minimalism trend. The presentation will look into the specifics of this trend and into its impacts on Frugal Innovation, based on practical case studies.
The University of Helsinki MegaSense programme is designing low-cost air quality stationary and portable sensor devices calibrated by online air quality deep learning anaytics, and working with partners to deploy them in Helsinki. The first version of the stationary sensing devices are being installed in novel locations, such as a bus stops by the Kumpulan campus, as part of the Urban Sense project. The first portable portable sensing devices are being loaned to citizens in Jätkäsaari to measure thei personal exposure, as part of the EU funded UIA HOPE project. The data from both projects is analyzed by the MegaSense platform as the University of Helsinki and new air quality data presentation techniques are being created. The next step for the MegaSense programme is to build upon the learnings of these projects and deploy accurate low-cost sensing in other cities and environments.
The primary focus of much of the digital identity sector is on the design, adoption and use of large-scale digital identity systems and how users interact with them. Most of this research begins with the technology and works its way down to the people who use it, an approach which has given us something of a knowledge deficit. What we’re missing is an understanding of why people might want a digital identity, how they interpret or understand digital identity, their concerns and what tools and approaches might be missing in their local context. Ken’s talk will focus on a simple, low-tech, frugal identity solution Yoti are developing for grassroots, last mile organisations in the developing world.
Introduction of the Smart Village Movement initiative at UC, Berkeley envisioned by Prof. Solomon Darwin. How concepts like Triple Helix, Open Innovation and Co-Innovation are applied and changing the lives in Indian villages. Vision behind Smart Village platform to scale the initiative and provide access to research and opportunities for business and academicians all around the world.
InnoFrugal ry, Smart Village Movement (under Berkeley Haas Garwood Center) & Nordic Hub India are identifying businesses to match pilot opportunities in India to screen and select the solutions with the best potential towards solving pain points in pilot villages in India.
The Smart Village Movement team in India will assure that the selected solutions are introduced in the participating villages in India.
Who can pilot?
– Either the idea is totally fresh, or you have been twisting your brain for a year – this can be your chance co-innovate an Impact business in India.
– Maybe you are a startup, SME or a multinational organization with an existing solution that matches the Smart village India challenges, get in touch with us to discuss cooperation and piloting possibilities.
We are looking for solutions with the potential to impact one of the following sectors:
Energy, Education, Safety & Security, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Transport, Livelihood, Water & Sanitation
Smart Village Team will offer:
– Help with data collection (Preliminary & Feedback)
– On-ground assistance to carry out operations during pilots
– Government connections to secure all the required permissions
– Access to the open innovation corporate network and academia
– Business model consultation to effectively tap into rural markets in India
– Extensive research to strengthen the efficiency of the solution
There are few examples of Finnish companies doing frugal innovation. This panel will discuss how an ecosystem of actors can support the development of a frugal innovation by a Finnish company. The case relates to forestry in East Africa, Tanzania, for which the Finnish company Slidetec has developed a frugalized sawmill. The panel will talk about how the collaboration between the various actors was initiated and how they experienced the collaboration.
Due to the continuous increase of healthcare costs we have to change the way we think and how to take preventive actions into agenda of national health issues – those actions will require new innovative healthtech, preventive funding models (like Social Impact Bonds), and most importantly new thinking and attitude.
Main reasons for this in the western world are aging population, modern lifestyle and structural inflexibility in healthcare systems. In developing economies things can be done differently. Frugal innovation combined with the result based financing can provide access to the low cost preventive health screening to masses. And eventually that will also help those new disruptive innovation to penetrate western world and hence impacting to renew the whole healthcare system.
The revolution of mobility offers opportunities for communities and their people and businesses. To build sustainable solutions, we need cross-sectoral capabilities which requires collaboration. In her talk, Elina Kajosaari will address the significance of ecosystems in building the future of mobility and present the role Mobility City Campus in Rotterdam will play in this.
In the panel discussion, they will cover examples from electrifying transportation in India by L7 Drive to mobilizing citizens in Helsinki by Vapaus Bikes Oy and to Africa where EkoRent Oy has brought emission free taxi services.
Innovation no more affords the luxuries of unlimited purse strings and endless blue-sky debates in enterprises. Coupled with the realities of shrinking budgets and ever-changing macro trends, this mean that a big bang approach is no longer the “one-size-fits-all” answer to innovation. The frugal approach is therefore fast emerging as a viable and hugely more feasible alternative. Early movers are already reaping the rewards of Frugal Innovation principles applied to technology innovation within the enterprise.
Roney shares his experiences and examples of how large multinational organisations are increasingly embracing the principles of Frugal Innovation, both to help drive growth and stability in vastly challenging economic climates, as well as to enhance their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
Today, businesses need to run stable, highly-efficient operations in their core while enabling rapid, agile experimentation to address rapidly changing markets and customer demands. As the speed of change and disruption accelerates it is critical for companies to incorporate both of these at times contradicting objectives into a common organization, operating and business model. This requires a new type of business and organizational design that enables companies to be fast and slow, agile and stable, efficient and experimentative at the same time. In short, it requires a business strategy and design approach that enables rapid innovation development for organizations facing resource and cost constraints. The panel discussion will look at these new requirements as well as solution approaches across different types of organizations.