Scale Innovation

The third stage caters for national-to-international ventures and investors, supporting catalytic funding and bespoke venture building support to take innovations to scale. Existing projects include the Assistive Tech Impact Fund, where we support large scale product trials, clinical trials, and research by sharing and harnessing our unique expertise and that of our partners, collaborators and coaches.

Assistive Tech Impact Fund

The Assistive Tech Impact Fund (ATIF) is a new mechanism to accelerate the AT market in Africa, supporting the most promising AT ventures in Africa through the combination of catalytic capital with expert-led venture-building.

ATIF aim to unlock new solutions for scale, building AT ecosystems and driving change in Africa, where need for innovation and access is greatest. Supported innovators to scale and demonstrating the need for continued investment in other low and middle income countries.

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ATIF venture - Wazi

Lean Impact Measurement of disability innovation

Alongside the investments of the AT Impact Fund, GDI Hub has developed and is continuing to evolve a model of AT user impact measurement. This impact measurement provides important feedback to ventures and innovators, and also addresses the lack of data about what AT unlocks for the end user, which is an obstacle to further financial investment into the AT sector. Therefore, GDI Hub will work with 5-7 AT ventures and innovators in the areas of hearing, vision, prosthetics, and mobility, working in LMIC context, to support user-impact measurement with lean methods.

Resources and insights

Our latest series of blogs share's insights from Assistive Tech Impact Fund and our wider Scale Innovation projects.

Sub-projects

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AT Impact Fund

The AT Impact Fund was established to better enable frontier technology solutions to reach people with disabilities in Africa, and to test business models that are most likely to succeed. Assistive Technology Impact Fund is operationalised as a collaboration between GDI Hub, Brink, and Catalyst Fund, providing deep expertise in AT, innovation and venture-building in Africa respectively.

Sub-projects

A woman wearing headphones using a smartphone

AT Impact Fund

The AT Impact Fund was established to better enable frontier technology solutions to reach people with disabilities in Africa, and to test business models that are most likely to succeed. Assistive Technology Impact Fund is operationalised as a collaboration between GDI Hub, Brink, and Catalyst Fund, providing deep expertise in AT, innovation and venture-building in Africa respectively.