Inclusive innovations are new solutions that have a positive impact on people’s lives. They provide the Base of the Pyramid (BoP) with access to affordable, quality products or services and income-generating opportunities.
BoP Innovation Center supports entrepreneurs in their innovation process by reducing complexity and risks. We provide design thinking expertise, market insights and entrepreneurial guidance to develop solutions for BoP markets.
Improving access to water and sanitation in Mozambique
Recently we initiated a partnership with a Dutch enterprise and a Mozambican water distributor to create a mobile app for reading and processing data from water meters. This innovative service was developed by Mobile Water Management in close collaboration with the Mozambican water distributor COLLINS and BoP Innovation Center. The low-cost technology provides accurate readings as well as trustworthy proof. Moreover, it contributes to business process improvements including billing and customer care.
One of our responsibilities in this project is researching and gathering insights, based on the principles of ‘Human Centered Design’. This is an effective approach because of the high level of uncertainties and unknowns in emerging and low-income markets.
Improving food security and fighting malnutrition in Bangladesh
BoP Innovation Center prototyped a potato cold store for smallholder farmers in Bangladesh. The need is indisputable: the post-harvest loss of potatoes is up to 25-30%, predominantly due to the lack of capacity for cold storage. A focus point was the appropriate scale for cold storage.
Most of the large facilities are designed for bulk storage. However, in Bangladesh smallholder potato farmers transport and store their produce in sacks for several reasons. In order to facilitate this, we found a solution for sack storage which provides a more equal distribution of the conditioned air, resulting in better quality storage.In 2016, we will pitch this to our clients in Bangladesh and without a doubt the most important proposition that we will make them is that they do not have to change the way how they do business; instead, BoP Innovation Center has adapted the technology to their context.