Commitment to Action

Innovation Fund: Catalyzing Impact Through Design

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In 2012, the Innovation Fund,, and the Wasserman Foundation committed to support up to four innovative organizations or entrepreneurs a year, over three years, by directly providing them with catalytic design services in order for them to be more scalable and impactful. The basis of this effort is that design and innovation will play a critical role in developing and accelerating solutions capable of having a significant and lasting impact on poverty. After an annual selection process conducted by, a full-time team of three multi-disciplinary designers will be deployed by to the selected organizations to help them overcome design challenges that are barriers to their scale and impact in the social sector. These engagements will typically last anywhere from two to 10 weeks in length.

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Innovation Fund: Catalyzing Impact Through Design



Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value



Asia, Africa, Northern America


MYANMAR, RWANDA, United States

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Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Wasserman Foundation, Turkish Economy Bank (TEB) Türk Ekonomi Bankasi, Sanergy, SAP, Autodesk, Inc., Boyner Holding, Juhudi Kilimo, Zipline, World Health Partners, Proximity Designs, Year Up