Wrap up: Accelerating Innovation for the Poor – 3P4PPI Business Meeting

Accelerating Innovation for the Poor 2013

Last Thursday 16 October the 3P4PPI (3 Pilots for Pro-Poor Innovation) event took place in the beautiful Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, an event aimed at Accelerating Innovation for the Poor. Developing countries are increasingly attractive for entrepreneurs and businesses, but access to basic services often remains a challenge. This day brought together a wide range of experts, entrepreneurs, investors and others with an interest in development in emerging markets to learn about different related topics, to discuss innovation in growing markets and to exchange knowledge.

The programme started with a short introduction by BoP Innovation Center, followed by an inspiring speech by prof. Iqbal Quadir of GrameenPhone on the critical roles of connectivity and productivity in creating prosperity in low-income countries and his personal experiences in this. Prof. Iqbal is an accomplished entrepreneur who, 20 years ago, saw the potential of mobile technology to transform low-income countries. With this inspirational success story as a kick-off, the day continued with two break-out rounds that were split up into three parallel sessions. During each round, participants of the event attended one of the three different sessions.

The different interactive break-out rounds focused on the topics “Get it done! How MNCs and social entrepreneurs collaborate for greater impact”, “Nurture and grow! Business support infrastructure” and “Inspire! Reverse innovation.” Several inspiring presentation speakers, experts on their topics, guided the sessions. During the sessions there was room for interaction, exchange of knowledge and cooperation.

Also part of the one-day program was the ICT Challenge, organized by BiD Network. A panel discussion took place in which Maria Ponted of BiD Network, Vincent Kouwenhoven of eVA Fund and ICT Challenge finalist and entrepreneur Henri Nyakarundi of African Renewable Energy Distributor in Rwanda participated and discussed the role and importance of the development of the ICT Sector in emerging markets by building upon hand-on and personal experiences.

The event was closed off with drinks, during which there were lots of opportunities for networking and evaluating the day. We would like to send out a big thank you to our partners, guest speakers, entrepreneurs, guests and everyone else who made this day possible! We look back on a successful and productive day, filled with inspiration and new knowledge.

The 3P4PPI Business Meeting was organized by the 3 Pilots for Pro-Poor Innovation consortium, together with BiD Network and Ashoka, the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs.