Welcome to Indonesia Green Innovation Pilot Program

The Program is a prototype: its objective is to learn how Indonesia – and other countries – can build the capacity to accelerate green and inclusive innovation.

The Program is piloting a new approach to spark innovation in clean energy technologies in Indonesia.  A team of local and global partners are experimenting with principles of open innovation, co-creation, human-centred design and market facilitation to develop commercially viable clean energy solutions tailored to the needs of low-income rural communities in Indonesia and across the world.

The pilot program is centred on the concept of innovation tournaments, whereby a large pool of ideas and market players compete for increasing support in successive stages of development. It is based on failing ideas early, often and cheaply so that only the best ideas receive the scaled-up support they need.

 

The Indonesia Green Innovation Pilot Program

Program Background

Access to environmentally and socially sustainable energy is essential to alleviate poverty, and poverty related problems. Globally over 1.4 billion people are still without access to electricity.

About three billion people use solid fuels for cooking which have been linked to health related problems such as respiratory illnesses and heightened infant mortality.

Indonesia currently has a 65% total electrification rate and 26.4% in rural areas, where more than half of the population lives. At the same, 64% of the poor live in rural areas. Although the electrification rate is expected to grow dramatically in years to come, a significant proportion of Indonesia’s 245 million population, which is living without electricity today, is likely to still remain without access to electricity for a long time.

The economy is thriving with growth rates stable at around 6 per cent per year, elevating more people from poverty as the rate of skilled employment increases each year. This leads to stronger demand for electricity in their workplaces and absorbing most of the additional electricity output generated by new capacity generated.

With a population growth of an estimated 1.07% per annum there is an urgent need and unique opportunity for strong capacity building in clean energy generation and use.

About the Pilot Program

The Program is piloting a new approach to spark innovation in clean energy in Indonesia. The Program is a prototype: its objective is to learn how Indonesia – and other countries – can build the capacity to accelerate green and inclusive innovation.

A team of local and global partners are experimenting with principles of open innovation, co-creation, human-centred design and market facilitation to develop commercially viable clean energy solutions tailored to the needs of communities in Indonesia and across the world. The pilot program is centred on the concept of innovation tournaments, whereby a large pool of ideas and market players compete for increasing support in successive stages of development. It is based on failing ideas early, often and cheaply so that only the best ideas receive the scaled-up support they need.

Pilot Program Approach to Building Innovation Capacity

The Program’s approach is to accelerate green innovation by building local capacity for entrepreneurship and human centred design.

This implies building new skills and organizational processes, but also new local and global networks of knowhow, knowwhat, and knowwho in a world where collaboration is a catalyst for successful innovation. Knowledge-sharing is also at the core of this Program. The innovation processes implemented in this Program, the lessons learned from each partner, and the networks built during the Program will be shared, creating a platform on which other partners can build similar models.

The Program is divided into the following two components:

  • To learn more about the Green Entrepreneurship component click here
  • To learn more about the Demand-Driven Green Innovation component click here

Program Intentions and Outcomes

The Program Intends to raise the level of awareness of clean energy generation in Indonesia as a real and economically viable alternative to fossil and solid fuels.

Additionally, the Program intends to highlight the potential role of open innovation and demand-driven innovation in creating technological solutions that impact the poor.

Objectives of the Program are to:

  • promote clean energy innovation
  • demonstrate the use of open innovation, demand-driven innovation, and human-centred design in developing technologies for the poor
  • disseminate lessons learned
  • accelerate innovation capacity in Indonesia
  • develop business skills and networks for clean energy high-impact entrepreneurs
  • foster the creation or growth of high-impact business ventures
  • offer practical short-term entrepreneurship learning programs
  • pair entrepreneurs with business mentors and advisory boards
  • provide entrepreneurs with global networks and advice from experienced mentors
  • help entrepreneurs recruit a management team as needed

The most important outcome of the Program is an increased rate of success for companies in the clean energy sector. The Program will also build capacity and foster an innovative and vibrant community where companies learn to collaborate and share knowledge for greater achievements.