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Friday, April 1, 2011

Systems Innovation: Breaking Barriers To Large Scale Change

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Session Description

For social entrepreneurs, innovation is about developing creative solutions to seemingly intractable systemic challenges. Numerous barriers exist that reinforce the system’s status quo, including patent and regulatory restrictions, long-held beliefs and behaviours, and lack of infrastructure among others. This session features three different perspectives on systems innovation, and explores ways that new approaches, technologies and business models can help social entrepreneurs break through to large scale change.

When | Where

09:00 - 10:30 Friday, April 1

Session leaders

  • Jim Hornthal Speaker
    Partner, Hornthal Investment Partners
    Jim is a parallel entrepreneur, angel investor, and entrepreneurship educator. His private investment fund, Hornthal Investment Partners, has made investments in over 50 early stage companies. Jim is the co-founder and Chairman of Triporati, Zignal Labs, LaunchPad Central and M34 Capital. He sits on several boards including KIND Snacks, Revinate, and Jim has taught the Lean LaunchPad course at UC Berkeley, Stanford and Princeton and was on the teaching team for the National Science Foundation's I-Corps Program at Stanford and UCSF. He is a co-founder of the American Arab Action Forum within YPO, and has been on the board of trustees of One Voice. Jim is the author of the TED Book “A Haystack Full of Needles". He frequently shares his observations on innovation and entrepreneurship be on Twitter @hornthal
  • Nicholas Hughes Speaker
    Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, M-KOPA
    Nick Hughes has been at the forefront of mobile commerce activities in emerging markets for over 10 years. He is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of M-KOPA, a company providing pay-as-you-go solar energy services in East Africa. Nick was previously Head of Mobile Payment Solutions at Vodafone, where he started the groundbreaking mobile payment service. In 2010, Nick was a winner of The Economist’s Innovation Award for Social and Economic Impact.
  • Founder and CEO, Cambia, Professor, QUT, NICTA
    Richard is a prominent molecular biologist, social entrepreneur and innovation systems strategist. He founded Cambia, an independent non-profit social enterprise to democratise problem solving using science-enabled innovation. Richard developed the landmark hologenome theory of evolution, the Biological Open Source Movement (BiOS) and Patent Lens. Richard is also Professor of Science, Technology & Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Rogue at National ICT Australia (NICTA), where he directs The Lens, a global open platform for innovation cartography.
  • Tom Hulme Speaker
    Design Director, IDEO
    Tom Hulme is Design Director at IDEO, London, where he uses a human-centred innovation approach to design new businesses. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, he has firsthand experience in building successful enterprises and, as a result, he has a thorough understanding of business. Hulme regularly speaks, writes and blogs on the topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, open innovation and industry disruption. He keeps a blog at