Scaling Innovation: It Takes An Ecosystem

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Our team from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

It’s not a Lab of the three of us but rather 20, 30, 50 people from the [UNDP] office who are early adopters of innovative methodologies who want to change the usual way of doing business.” The Serbia Accelerator Lab

How we did it

“To approach things from a level of humility, listen and understand the process, people, partners, pressures they are confined in. Coming in with openness instead of biases. Be open to absorb true factors needed to take into consideration to adjust.” The Philippines Accelerator Lab

The Stages of the SIPA team Primary Research: Online Survey, Phone interviews, Country Deep-dives and Focus Groups

So How Do We Scale Innovation in Development?

“Many solutions already exist. We need to focus on solving the problem collectively, not creating new solutions.” Strategy and Policy Unit, Uganda UNDP Office

The Scaling Framework: Scaling Process, Product and Service Line Innovations

The Scaling Toolkit: A Practical Guide

Our Scaling Toolkit

“Forming partnerships with the private sector, such as banks and incubation hubs, to assist in scaling validated solutions. These types of institutions have past experience in scaling solutions by providing funding, access to markets, and access to business development experts.” UNDP South Africa Accelerator Lab

  1. Envisioning scaling: Provides guidance to creating a structured vision that will help provide a better chance of scaling.

What’s Next?

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Building the world’s largest learning network around development challenges. 91 Labs in 115 countries. http://acceleratorlabs.undp.org/

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UNDP Accelerator Labs

UNDP Accelerator Labs

Building the world’s largest learning network around development challenges. 91 Labs in 115 countries. http://acceleratorlabs.undp.org/

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