Today the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) launched the inaugural Transformers Academy at Cambridge University, ahead of the Transformers Summit on 10 December.

The Academy is comprised of the top 30 innovators and entrepreneurs who have received the initial round of investment from the IsDB’s $500M Transform Fund.

The Transformers Academy is a five-day accelerated course aimed at equipping Transform Fund recipients with the business and entrepreneurial skills to begin to scale-up their innovative ideas and solutions.

Key highlights during the week will include:

  • Developing your vision for solving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Presentation training for leaders
  • Financing the entrepreneurial business
  • Navigating the venture capital investment process
  • Marketing your brand in era of digital disruption
  • Intellectual Property and Commercialization
  • Scaling up your venture for global growth

The Transformers Summit is the only conference connecting a powerful coalition of entrepreneurs, innovators and global leaders to discuss the role of science, innovation and technology in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

This inaugural Summit will review successful initiatives, policies and innovative solutions for better cities, healthier lives and prosperous futures in line with Sustainable Development Goal 11 and will focus on discussing new ideas and solutions from all parts of the world, where building sustainable, healthy and thriving communities is more important than ever before.

Dr Hayat, who opened the Academy Week, said, “Our 57-member countries cover many of the world’s developing economies and emerging markets and we have regional hubs in some of the most rapidly growing cities in the world, such as Dhaka.

The development challenge ahead is an enormous one. We believe that investing in your projects we are getting closer to closing the development gap. We have been actively investing in STI-led projects to accelerate progress in cities worldwide. With this in mind, we are delighted to see such a wonderful representation of innovators from all over the world with us this week in Cambridge.

Together with them, we have a shared goal to turn innovative ideas into real development solutions, and we are extremely proud to be working with our Transformers”.

The Transformers Summit will be taking place on December 10th, for more information please visit the website at this link

You can view photos from the week at this link