Our brief: Innovate UK asked us to strengthen the innovation potential of Indonesian and Egyptian businesses by stimulating collaboration with innovative UK start-ups to improve the lives of poorer, marginalised or disadvantaged communities.
What we did: We published four challenges to tackle economic and social welfare issues: renewable energy for power coastal communities, increasing food security by keeping fish fresh for longer, manage waste better by reducing reliance on single-use plastics and reducing breast cancer by treating patients more efficiently. These challenges were researched, explored and developed in collaboration with UK, Indonesian and Egyptian organisations and stakeholders. We trained Challenge Holders in collaboration IQ and the 100%Open innovation toolkit. Using the 100%Open Innovation Radar service we scouted entrepreneurs and innovators to submit their solutions on our Discover Platform.
What happened: With over 60 applications from innovators worldwide, 22 were shortlisted by a panel of almost 30 expert judges and Challenge Holders. These shortlisted companies underwent a series of discussions around forming collaboration agreements to work together on their proposed technology solutions. In addition to numerous potential cross-country collaborations, the programme strengthened the innovation ecosystems in Indonesia and Egypt and equipped programme stakeholders to have a mindset ready for collaboration and innovation.