emerging markets

Red Button Design

This is a case study of an entrepreneurial venture established to try and solve problems of delivering fresh drinking water in developing countries.Red Button Design Case Study

Frugal innovation – activity

Activity: Frugal innovation   This is an approach to innovation which is based on the principle of simplification – finding solutions to a problem which solve the problem but without adding unnecessary costs or adding unwanted functions. A description can be found in the ‘Deep dive’ section of the Portal and some case examples include

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Deep dive: Frugal innovation

Frugal innovation is a term increasingly used to describe an approach to innovation which is simple and sustainable. It grew out of experiences in locations where shortages of key resources required ingenious solutions to problems and where the simplicity of such innovations permits their widespread diffusion.

Green innovation in China

This report describes a number of case studies of companies participating in the WWF Climate Savers programme and the changes this has led to in their operations in China. Companies include: Lafarge, Volvo, Nokia Siemens Networks, Fairmount Hotels, TetraPak, Sony Click here for the report:ISPIM wwf 2012 april30


MPESA case  This is a case study of the development of mobile money in Kenya, a social and commercial innovation which is transforming the way in which the financial system operates. There is a good case study describing the use of M-PESA in a humanitarian context in Kenya available here.  The abstract of this case appears

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Lifeline Energy

This case describes the emergence of a social enterprise.  The origin of the organization was in providing low cost radios to improve education and communication amongst disadvantaged populations and this was reflected in the earlier name, Freeplay.  Currently the organization provides a wide variety of support in the field – see their website for more

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Self-test quizzes

These are some quick interactive self-test quizzes covering various themes. Introduction to innovation Social innovation and entrepreneurship Globalization Building innovative organizations Sources of innovation Discontinuous innovation Searching for opportunities Innovation networks Developing new products and services Starting new ventures Knowledge and intellectual property Creating value and growing ventures Learning to manage innovation      

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Jane Chen and the Warm Embrace incubator

In the developing world, access to incubators is limited by cost and distance, and millions of premature babies die each year. In this TEDTalk video Jane Chen shows an invention that could keep millions of these infants warm — a design that’s safe, portable, low-cost and life-saving.