Engage and Transform
Science, technology and innovation (STI) are continuously recognized as strategic drivers of economic growth. With the right tools and convenient environment, innovators and the business community can tap on the potential of STI to develop innovation solutions for the development issues facing their communities, through boosting skills, sourcing ideas and knowledge transfer.
That is why the IsDB has put Science, technology and Innovation at the heart of its growth strategy, investing heavily in these sectors through its flagship programmes, the Engage Platform and Transform Fund.
Engage is a digital hub to create a global innovation ecosystem for the world’s developing communities, connecting innovation with market opportunities and funding.
Closely aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (the UN Global Goals), Engage focuses on accelerating progress towards achieving greater food security, healthier lives, inclusive and equitable education, sustainable management of water and sanitation, access to affordable and clean energy, and sustainable industrialisation across the developing world.
It is a place to interact with and incubate imaginative ideas that will address sustainability challenges, providing the perfect online environment to engage with a large network of influential global stakeholders.
The platform offers three main services: Match Making, Technology Transfer and Calls for Innovation.
Through Engage, innovators, SMEs, private sector companies, Government decision makers and NGOs will benefit from tailored mentoring services and expert knowledgesharing that will help activate their ideas and proposals to an internationally recognised standard.
To ensure its members have access to a steady flow of financing facilities, the IsDB established The Transform Fund. The $500 million fund, which works in tandem with Engage, will help support science, technology and innovation initiatives in our member counties.
The fund will drive meaningful change to millions of people by giving every scientist, technologist and innovator the opportunity to make a difference to the world around them.