WIPO Green

Partners

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) helps its developing member countries (DMCs) tackle poverty by providing loans, technical assistance and grants for a broad range of development activities. ADB is currently piloting an assisted broker model to facilitate the transfer of low-carbon technologies in the Asia-Pacific region through a matchmaking mechanism.

The project will provide services to help facilitate LCT transfer transactions including: (1) pre-qualification of counterparties and technologies as well as active identification and pitching of transactions that can create value for both technology holders and acquirers; (2) transaction-structuring and negotiation support; (3) regulatory and legal support in DMCs; (4) advice on dispute resolution procedures; and (5) potential access to transaction financing.

The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) is a nonprofit organization with an international membership of more than 3,200 technology managers and business executives. AUTM members — managers of intellectual property, one of the most active growth sectors of the global economy —come from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals as well as numerous businesses and government organizations. AUTM offers numerous opportunities to get together in person throughout the year. The AUTM Annual Meetings provide ample time and resources to conduct licensing deals.

The Brazilian Forum of Innovation and Technology Transfer Managers (FORTEC) is a Brazilian strategic national network of technology transfer offices that promote policies and issues relating to intellectual property and technology transfer dissemination, promotion, and capacity building. Established in 2006, FORTEC has 43 affiliates and a body of 213 representatives from both public and private universities and research institutions.

CambridgeIP is a global innovation and intellectual property (IP) consultancy with expertise across the full range of WIPO GREEN’s technology areas. Our mission is to assist our customers to accelerate and protect the development, deployment, and dissemination of valuable technologies. We achieve this by working with our clients in the public and private sectors to create and deliver winning technology and IP strategies, and by developing thought leadership in innovation and IP. We help our clients build and monetize intellectual assets, develop commercial and R&D strategies and roadmaps, manage IP related risks and deploy their technologies to maximum impact. CambridgeIP is the original IP Landscape® company and owns the trademark IP Landscape®. We have completed hundreds of IP Landscape projects, for leading organizations around the world.

The Center for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) is a training and research center at Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya.

CIPIT is: training the next generation of Kenyan IP lawyers; building the intellectual property (IP) infrastructure of Kenya and East Africa; introducing skills that are otherwise rare or unavailable; encouraging suitable IP policies in government and the private sector; and conducting original research on the impact of IP in Kenya and East Africa.

Through free-to-access programs such as an IP Clinic, an IP blog, and a website with unique IP information, CIPIT has the goal of making IP expertise accessible to all entrepreneurs and businesses.

CIPIT is the lead public institution for Creative Commons in Kenya, and is the East Africa hub of the Open African Innovation and Research Training project (OpenAIR). CIPIT supports many sectors of industry, including green and climate change mitigation technologies.

At Crosstaff Solutions we put green innovation to work for our clients; finding qualified technologies enabled by supportive funding programs and dedicated partners that turn them into valued solutions. Crosstaff Solutions and our partners realise that for many organisations, performance, effectiveness and profitability are paramount. We also realise that our economy must shift to more sustainable ways of providing the goods and services that societies need to function and thrive. There are a multitude of sustainable technology solutions for every industry sector where these two values intersect and our experienced, global team is dedicated to bringing these solutions to organisations seeking to solve business or operational challenges including doing more with less and reducing environmental impacts.

The Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) is a dynamic, modern and market-oriented branch of the Danish Ministry of Business and Growth. The objective of DKPTO is to be the centre for strategic information, and to protect the rights of both techniques and business marks by issuing patent and design rights, and registering trademarks.

DKPTO’s contributions to WIPO GREEN are:

  • To transfer intellectual property (IP) rights for sale from our IP marketplace to WIPO GREEN on a quarterly basis;
  • To promote the cooperation between WIPO GREEN and IP marketplace;
  • To enable IP marketplace to import IP rights from WIPO GREEN;
  • To exchange information that supports the promotion of trade of IPRs worldwide;
  • To partake in the WIPO GREEN advisory board and relevant working groups.

The East Africa Climate Innovation Network (EACIN) shares knowledge, experience, and best practices in climate change adaptation technology innovation and identifies potential for scaling-up in the region. EACIN is a joint initiative of the World Bank's infoDev program and the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation. The East African Climate Innovation Network (EACIN) project is organized around four deliverables: adaptation to climate change; links to Climate Innovation Centres in Africa; virtual networks/active brokering of technology transfer; and developing an EACIN model embedded in a business plan, outlining ways of sustaining the network.

EcoMachines Incubator is an early-stage venture capital fund that helps technology entrepreneurs build patent- and R&D-intensive startups from a proof-of-concept technology into a high-growth, investable company.

We focus on high-value manufacturing and advanced engineering companies that are working on solutions in energy, renewables, transportation, smart cities and industrial high-tech. We support companies through a 9-month Accelerator program that helps them build a robust strategy and raise more funding for growth.

Our partnership with WIPO GREEN allows us to access entrepreneurial talent, innovation, and technology market opportunities in low and middle-income economies.

The Eco-Patent Commons provides a unique opportunity for business to share innovation that can foster sustainable development. It is designed to facilitate the use of existing innovation that is protective of the environment, and encourage collaboration for new innovation through an online collection of environmentally beneficial patents pledged by the member companies for free use by anyone. The objectives of the Eco-Patent Commons are:

  • To provide an avenue by which innovations and solutions may be easily shared to accelerate and facilitate implementation to protect the environment and perhaps lead to further innovation;
  • To promote and encourage cooperation and collaboration between businesses that pledge patents and potential users to foster further joint innovations and the advancement and development of solutions that benefit the environment.

Since 1969, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has played a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, domestically and abroad. Now in its fifth decade, the ELI is an internationally recognized, non-partisan research and education center working to strengthen environmental protection by improving law and governance worldwide.

GE imagines things others don’t, builds things others can’t and delivers outcomes that make the world work better. GE brings together the physical and digital worlds in ways no other company can. In its labs and factories and on the ground with customers, GE is inventing the next industrial era to move, power, build and cure the world.

The Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative designs, develops, and markets bamboo bikes, frames, and related products and services. The initiative offers basic courses and practical lessons on building bamboo bikes as a way of encouraging entrepreneurship and providing sustainable livelihood skills for young people in rural Ghana. We promote the use of bamboo as an environment-friendly and community-based transportation alternative that is suitable for elevated terrain in rural areas. The building of safe, reliable and multi-purpose bamboo bicycles is a livelihood activity for rural development that meets local needs. Produced from native bamboo, our bikes can be used for personal or cargo transportation, as well as for commercial purposes as they carry a much heavier load due to better design and greater strength.

GIVEWATTS is an independent social enterprise that brings renewable energy solutions to rural areas to replace firewood and kerosene, both of which can be costly and dangerous for health and the environment. GIVEWATTS creates a self-sustainable distribution channel for products via a network of schools and local GIVEWATTS entrepreneurs. The entry product is usually a solar-powered lamp. GIVEWATTS makes the item available either through purchase with small installments or via a hire model in order to help kick-start the market. Founded in 2010 GIVEWATTS is present in Sweden, Kenya, the USA, and Switzerland. Projects are carried out mainly in Kenya, but GIVEWATTS is also active in Congo and Uganda, with plans to further expand in Africa and Asia. The collaboration with WIPO GREEN will help with accelerating the deployment of green technology solutions.

Being Asia’s largest online IP portal, Asia IP Exchange is a free online platform developed and managed by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, showcasing IPs around the globe, aiming to facilitate international IP trade among global IP players. AsiaIPEX has formed alliances with 23 local and overseas strategic partners with a listing of over 25,000 tradable IPs available.

infoDev is a global entrepreneurship program that promotes a solutions-based approach through its work with local partners to design, implement and evaluate methods of service delivery for private sector development. infoDev develops and tests models that support high-growth technology ventures and fosters innovation ecosystems with local partners. Through grass roots engagement, infoDev has built an important community dedicated to enhancing business opportunities for innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises.

The Climate Technology Program (CTP) run by infoDev focuses on driving private sector growth by empowering developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop, and deploy climate-smart technologies and business models that meet local needs. By working with innovative entrepreneurs developing locally-appropriate climate technologies, the CTP provides opportunities for economic growth and competitiveness in one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the world.

Innovation Insights contributes business perspectives on policies that best support the development of solutions to societies’ greatest challenges. In particular, based on our members’ own experiences, we discuss the contribution of enabling policy environments, including IP systems, to the development and diffusion of new technologies and services – in different sectors, fields of technology, and jurisdictions.

Innovation Insights advocates for strong innovation frameworks that are business model-neutral and that provide incentives for investments in R&D and the commercialization of new technology solutions over the long term. We work with a range of stakeholders to promote innovation and technological advancement for all countries.

Inovent is Turkey’s first technology commercialization/accelerator and seed fund company, established in 2006 as a for-profit, fully owned subsidiary of Sabanci University. Inovent’s focus is on the commercialization of early-stage technologies with a particular focus on fostering faculty based entrepreneurship.

Inovent supports WIPO GREEN through the provision of: training on IP or business issues related to clean technology; expertise to facilitate transactions including licensing negotiations; technologies and best practices to implement and deploy such technologies in emerging markets.

The Intellectual Property for Sustainable Energy Ventures (IP*SEVA) Model is a way of promoting technology collaborations to address the urgent challenge of climate change. It is based on three principles:

  • The importance of collaboration to develop, refine, and spread climate-change-mitigation technologies.
  • The economic and ethical value of collaborations between developing, emerging and industrialized economies and markets.
  • The inclusion of universities and research institutions in technology development projects as a means to ensure full utilization of intellectual capital to address the challenge of climate change.

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) is an independent non-profit organization established in 1996. Its mission is to advance the goal of sustainable development by empowering stakeholders to influence trade policy through information, networking, dialogue, well-targeted research, technical assistance, and capacity building. Promoting clean energy innovation as well as enhancing the transfer and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies, particularly to developing countries, in order to advance sustainable development objectives and to address climate change, is a long-standing priority of the organization. ICTSD’s work in this area takes place under its Global Platform on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainable Energy, which mobilizes technical and political expertise to address the nexus between trade, climate change, and energy in order to foster strong multilateral regimes that promote the transition to a low-carbon economy and a sustainable energy future.

The International Chamber of Commerce is the largest, most representative business organization in the world. Its global network comprises over 6 million companies, chambers of commerce, and business associations in more than 130 countries, with interests spanning every sector of private enterprise.

A world network of national committees keeps the ICC International Secretariat in Paris informed about national and regional business priorities. More than 2,000 experts drawn from ICC’s member companies feed their knowledge and experience into crafting the ICC stance on specific business issues, including on intellectual property and the green economy.

The International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) is an international NGO whose membership consists exclusively of intellectual property (IP) attorneys in private practice. FICPI thus represents an important constituency within the international IP system. Founded in 1906, FICPI now has more than 5,000 members in more than 80 countries on six continents.

IP Nexus is a marketplace for innovation and intellectual property, connecting inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, universities and companies with experts who can help them protect their inventions and build successful businesses. Users can source specialist information and expertise through our professional Directory of over 1200 IP lawyers, patent attorneys and other experts, upload patents or other IP for sale, license or brokerage, and search over 70,000 IP listings.

The Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, which has 1,234 members. It represents industries and users of the intellectual property (IP) system, and provides related institutions all around the world with well-timed, suitable opinions on improvement of their IP systems and their utilization.

Together with WIPO, we have studied possibilities of establishing a new framework for enabling the promotion of technology transfer, which may (i) secure both the developed countries and the developing countries in their roles of providing and receiving the environmental technologies, and (ii) smoothen various transactions pertaining to such environmental technology transfer. Now, JIPA continuously assists WIPO to realize efficient measures for the technology transfers for the benefit of the parties that are interested in environmental technology transfers.

The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC) provides holistic, country-driven support to accelerate the development, deployment and transfer of locally-relevant climate and clean energy technologies. The CIC provides incubation, capacity-building services and financing to Kenyan entrepreneurs and new ventures that are developing innovative renewable energy, water, and agribusiness solutions to address climate change challenges. The Kenya CIC is an initiative supported by infoDev, a global partnership program within the World Bank Group, and represents the first in a global network of CICs to be launched by infoDev’s Climate Technology Program (CTP). The Kenya CIC is funded by UKaid and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The center is implemented by a consortium made up of PwC, KIRDI, GVEP international and Strathmore University.

The Korea Technology Finance Corporation (KOTEC) is a quasi-government financial institution highly specialized in technology financing. The institution was established with the aim to help create growth engine for the national economy by supplementing financing primarily in the form of credit guarantee through technology appraisal for promising new technology businesses with lack of collateral. It also provides comprehensive services from incubating, consulting, to direct equity-investment.

The League of Arab States (LAS) is a regional organization of Arab states with a focus on developing the economy, resolving disputes, and coordinating political goals and also aims to "draw closer the relations between member states and co-ordinate collaboration between them to safeguard their independence and sovereignty, and to consider in a general way the affairs and interests of the Arab countries."

The cooperation between The league of Arab States (LAS) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) began after the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) [16/7/2000], to institutionalize cooperation between the two organizations in the exchange of information, publication of studies, information, and reference materials in Arabic on various aspects of intellectual property, as well as the holding of joint conferences and seminars related to intellectual property.

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) is a global business association made up of 32 national and regional societies, representing more than 10,000 individual members in over 90 countries, all involved in the licensing, transfer and management of intellectual property rights. Individual members include management representatives from large, medium and small companies, scientists, engineers, academics, governmental officials, lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, and consultants.

The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI Brazil) executes the rules that regulate the industrial property system in Brazil. Besides granting patents, INPI registers trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indicators, computer programs, integrated circuit topographies and technology transfer contracts.

INPI Brazil, as a partner of WIPO GREEN, will promote the use of the WIPO GREEN platform as well as support efforts in identifying new environmentally-friendly technologies by encouraging innovation and improving the dissemination of knowledge about their licensing. Furthermore, INPI Brazil’s “Green Patents” program accelerates the examination of patent applications relating to green technologies and reduces the time period needed to grant patents.

NEUW Ventures SA is a Swiss-based impact investing company with a focus on sustainability opportunities.

NEUW Ventures supports, finances and develops new companies where a principal purpose of the business is to facilitate the world's transition to a sustainable economic model. NEUW Ventures backs entrepreneurs responding to this transformational shift by providing new solutions for the ecological challenges facing the planet.

NEUW Ventures primarily invests in growth stage opportunities in Western Europe and English-speaking countries. It supports scalable businesses having achieved proof of concept and market acceptance for their products & services.

As an impact investor, NEUW Ventures focuses on creating deliberate and measurable positive ecological impacts and superior financial returns for its investments.

The Patent Agents Association, India (PAAi) is a non-governmental organization representing registered patent agents. PAAi is committed to reshaping public policy to create a healthy intellectual property ecosystem in India. The prime objective of PAAi is to protect the interests of patent agents and innovators. PAAi undertakes diverse initiatives to assist entrepreneurs and innovators.

Patenterprise

Patenterprise Technologies Holding SA has the expertise in bringing intellectual property to market with a 10 step proven method. This method is helping inventors and SMEs to bring their cutting edge green technologies to market in the following chronological way:

  • IP Analysis vs state of the art
  • Audit of technology’s added value
  • Identification of global key players
  • Presentation to top 10
  • NDA
  • Feasibility studies
  • Functional model specifications & option
  • Marketing Plan & Business Model
  • Incorporation & Initial working capital
  • Follow-up.

This methodology is an educational tool which also helps pave the way for WIPO GREEN partners .

PatSnap is an IP Analytic and Management platform that empowers even non IP-proficient users to understand this competitive landscape. Through our simple yet powerful interface, IP is now accessible to everyone allowing you to compete and innovate on a global scale.

Since 2002, Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors (PIIPA) has been the global nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental leader and resource for developing countries and public interest organizations seeking pro bono expertise in intellectual property (IP) matters to promote health, agriculture, science, education, culture, biodiversity, and the environment. PIIPA has a network of 3,500 pro bono IP experts in 50 countries, and has coordinated pro bono support for 120 clients in 38 developing countries with a valuation of donated expertise and in-kind services over USD 2.1 m.

The R20 Regions of Climate Change Action is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates the creation of "bankable" renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure projects that are attractive to investors and that have a positive environmental and socio-economic impact.

R20 works with sub-national governments, the finance sector and technology providers to: build capacity at sub-national level; determine local needs and identify projects that will address these needs; match appropriate technology solutions to projects; and support the successful development and funding of projects.

In support of WIPO GREEN, R20 represents the needs of sub-national authorities and the finance sector on the Advisory Board, and where appropriate consults WIPO GREEN members.

Robin Paul Advisory was Founded by Robin Low and Paul Selvam, two intellectual property (IP) professionals with regional expertise in several areas of industry including renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, entertainment, and green resort development. We promote solutions for green tech, IP licensing and green profit modelling in the ASEAN region. Where WIPO GREEN is concerned, our mission is the following:

  • Promotion of IP, licensing for green tech in ASEAN;
  • Promote WIPO GREEN via campaigns, entertainment, public relations, and volunteerism.

Sabancı University was established in 1994 and is the first institution in Turkey to design its research programs around a truly interdisciplinary approach. Sabancı University is the first institution to have established a professional technology transfer company back in 2006, which became a working model for many others. We have created a recognized academic entrepreneurship environment whereby there is a two-way nourishment between research and its commercialized outcomes.

Sathguru Management Consultants is a research and advisory firm providing strategic, technological and functional services to an international clientele across various sectors. Sathguru engages with public and private enterprises in all aspects of technology management, strategic intellectual property (IP) management and technology transfer. We bring value through IP asset management strategies to create high social and economic impact. This has resulted in Sathguru creating game-changing global partnerships with IP pools and cross-licensing for developing regions to benefit from technology access.

The SEED Initiative is a global partnership for action on sustainable developement and the green economy.  Founded by UNEP, UNDP and IUCN at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, SEED supports innovative small-scale and locally driven entrepreneurs around the globe who integrate social and environmental benefits into their business model from the outset. SEED also promotes an enabling environment for social and environmental entrepreneurship to flourish by providing insights to policy on how to enable SMMEs to succeed in developing countries while promoting sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems and reducing poverty, marginalisation and exclusion.

Siemens contributes to WIPO GREEN with consultations on issues regarding IP and technology transfer where Siemens has experience and where the framework of Siemens’ company rules makes this possible. Siemens also supports WIPO GREEN by working with new partners, contributors and users of WIPO GREEN.

The Singapore-ETH Centre for Global Environmental Sustainability (SEC) in Singapore was established as a collaboration between the National Research Foundation of Singapore and ETH Zurich in 2010. It is an institution that frames a number of research programs, the first of which is the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL). The SEC strengthens the capacity of Singapore and Switzerland to research, understand, and actively respond to the challenges of global environmental sustainability. It is motivated by an aspiration to realize the highest potentials for present and future societies. SEC serves as an intellectual hub for research, scholarship, entrepreneurship, postgraduate, and postdoctoral training. It actively collaborates with local universities and research institutes and engages researchers with industry to facilitate technology transfer for the benefit of the public.

SOLBEN is a Mexican company that develops and commercializes technology for the production of biodiesel and residue treatment. It also offers several services that contribute to the sustainable development of our society. SOLBEN’s mission is to increase the quality of lives of people with sustainable products and services in the process of transition to a low-carbon economy.

The South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) was initiated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and endorsed by the UN General Assembly. The project represents a level of UNOSSC’s 3-in-1 support and service delivery architecture for South-South cooperation. SS-GATE is a physical and Internet-based platform that securely facilitates the exchange of technologies, assets, services and financial resources between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and other entities for inclusive growth of developing countries in the South. The market driven system matches demand and supply for technology transfer and finance in core areas such as infrastructure, human development, food security, global health, and clean energy and the environment.

The goal of Team E-Kansai is to promote environmentally sustainable economic growth in Asia, and to play a significant role in linking environmental and energy-conservation business in Kansai and the rest of Asia. Team E-Kansai advances energy conservation, and promotes measures to curb global warming and reduce society’s impact on the environment in Asia.

TechnologieAllianz combines patent marketing agencies and technology transfer agencies in a single network – a German nationwide association representing more than 200 scientific institutions with over 100,000 scientists. TechnologieAllianz offers professional technology transfer at the interface between science and marketplace. The association provides enterprises with access to the entire range of evaluated and patented research results from German universities and research institutions.

The Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) is a foundation that combines 24 private sectors, 5 public institutions, 11 umbrella organizations, and 15 individuals into one institution. The private sector and the public come together within TTGV with the mutual purpose of increasing the competitiveness of the Turkish private sector in international markets by supporting R&D activities. It, is the first and the only "public-private sector partnership" that has been established to support R&D and innovation in Turkey

The Innovation Hub, Africa's first internationally-accredited science and technology park and a full member of the International Association of Science Parks, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency.

The focus areas for The Innovation Hub are information and communication technology, biosciences, the green economy, and industrials. The Innovation Hub’s value-adding business support services contribute to the growth and globalization of technology-rich enterprises in an environment that promotes innovation and enhances competitiveness for knowledge-based businesses. Our business incubation programs include the mobile laboratory (mLab), Maxum, the Climate Innovation Centre and the Biopark. To create a pipeline for incubation we host competitions such as the Gauteng Accelerator Program in Biosciences, Green, ICT, and Medical. Our skills development programs are CoachLab and our flagship Innov8 networking sessions.

The mission of the United Nations Environment Program's Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is to stimulate technology cooperation and to enhance the development and transfer of technologies. Upon request, the CTCN assists developing country parties in ensuring that these issues remain consistent with their respective capabilities, national circumstances and priorities. This is undertaken in order to build and strengthen their capacity to identify technology needs, and to facilitate the preparation and implementation of both technology projects and strategies, taking into account gender considerations to support action on mitigation and adaptation and enhance low emissions and climate-resilient development.

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.

As a partner to WIPO GREEN, the UNGC provides:

  • Outreach to companies to seek out "providers and seekers" through the UNGC monthly newsletter;
  • Collaboration around global events relating to the green economy and clean technology;
  • Opportunities and possible linkages on our on-going work on climate and energy, specifically on the Climate and Energy Action Hub.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization, and environmental sustainability. UNIDO launched the Green Industry Initiative as a global effort to promote industrial production and development that respect human health and natural systems.

The Green Industry Initiative is scaled-up and mainstreamed throughout manufacturing industries via the UNIDO-UNEP Green Industry Platform. The Platform offers a framework that brings together leaders from government, business, and civil society around a set of common engagements to secure concrete commitments and mobilize action in pursuit of core Green Industry policies and practices.

UNIDO, in close cooperation with UNEP, further promotes technology transfer and sharing of best-practice via the RECPnet, a global network for promoting the widespread adaptation and adoption of resource-efficient and cleaner production in developing and transition economies, and the Climate Technology Centre and Network, designed to stimulate technology cooperation and to enhance the development and transfer of technologies.

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) is a mandate of the UN General Assembly and hosted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). It promotes, coordinates and supports South-South and triangular cooperation through a 3-in-1 service support architecture. The first pillar of this structure is the Global South-South Development Academy, an online platform through which hundreds of Southern development solutions and experts have been identified, codified and managed. The second pillar, the Global South-South Development Expo, serves to showcase selected development solutions annually at its UN system-wide event, which brings together development practitioners and representatives from the UN system, government, private sector, and civil society. The third pillar, the South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange, is a virtual and physical platform that facilitates the transfer of proven Southern development solutions through the matching of Southern solution seekers and providers of technologies, development solutions, and financing.

Villgro is one of India’s oldest and foremost social enterprise incubators, supporting innovators and entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Our services have been designed around the major issues being faced by early-stage social-enterprises today − funding, talent, mentoring, and service and infrastructure providers. Since 2001, Villgro has incubated 94 enterprises, generated around 4000 jobs, secured Rs. 200 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 5 million rural lives.

The mission of the Waseda University Environmental Research Institute established in July 2002, is to understand precisely the nature of environmental problems and to solve them taking a multidisciplinary approach, as opposed to using a traditional compartmentalized approach.

The Environmental Research Institute develops research activities that offer a practical social system by building a collaborative relationship among the public, business, government and academics; and moreover to realize a globalized partnership with institutions overseas, making full use of the unique features of each organization and research activity.

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society, and the environment. Together with its members, the council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action.