The Inclusive Business Co-creation Accelerator (IBCA), a collaboration between Inclusive Business Sweden and SP Technical Research Institute, is a Vinnova-funded project beginning in January 2015. The programme, which runs for 3 years, sets a clear path for co-creating and scaling inclusive business models with the BoP. A more detailed overview of the programme can be found here.
Based on the Inclusive Business Agenda, the programme seeks to work towards global ambitions in the 6 sectors identified considered to have great potential for Swedish capabilities to meet the needs of the BoP: agri-food, healthcare, energy, water and sanitation, ICT, and textiles and clothing. Our vision is that by 2020, Swedish business is playing a leading role in addressing the global challenges of poverty – enhancing agricultural productivity, enabling access to energy, water, sanitation, healthcare and communications, improving environmental sustainability, and creating jobs both at home and abroad. This is all being done profitably.
• 2015 will focus on building 6 sector-based alliances locally as well as engaging with strategic partners in developing countries, and building an ecosystem for inclusive business
• 2016 will focus on enabling deep co-creation between Swedish partners and international counterparts in developing countries
• 2017 will focus on supporting business building and scaling initiatives
The Agenda also proposed a comprehensive delivery approach incorporating knowledge management, collaborative innovation, networking, and financing and support.
The Inclusive Business Co-creation Accelerator was officially launched at this year’s Inclusive Business Forum in Stockholm on May 20. To find something to suit your needs and tastes – please see the IBCA Menu, which lists everything that is on offer.
Overall, the Forum was an exciting and inspiring event where we the two keynote speakers, Hans Rosling and Iqbal Z. Quadir urged us to engage, transpire and collaborate, as well as held engaging sector-based discussions and working sessions focusing on co-creation. Please click here to read more about the event.