Natural Innovation was started in 2003 to support the development of clean technologies, and has had substantial successes in the fields of materials from waste; urban agriculture and solar photovoltaics. In 2009, realizing the unmet need, it refocused on technology innovation for emerging economies.
We incubate high impact innovations and shepherd them through the process of creating a Social Enterprise and getting to market. We do this by both direct mentoring and help, and through a network of partners and collaborators including engineers, industrial designers; user testers and manufacturing support; enterprise development; philanthropists investors & foundations, lenders such as micro-credit institutions, development and aid organisations. We help innovators connect with the resources they need to ensure that their innovation is completed and then reaches the people who need it. We’ll help take the risk out of the innovation – to put a prototype together for example, or to test the market, so that cheaper sources of finance, or more risk-averse strategic partners (like aid organisations) can help with distribution.