03 Nov FUNDACIÓN CAPITAL SELECTED FOR USAIDS INAUGURAL MILLION LIVES CLUB
On September 28th and 29th, USAID and partners kicked off Global Innovation Week, an event to explore how the best ideas, innovations, and technologies are changing the way the U.S. Government, business and philanthropy work together.
The event placed special emphasis on showcasing impact, ten organizations were chosen to be highlighted as part of USAID’s inaugural Million Lives Club, a selection of innovations that have impacted 1 million lives. Fundación Capital was one of the selected organizations, formally receiving an award on stage to highlight the scale of our work. During the closing keynote panel, Fundación Capital joined the other innovators on the stage to share some of the most important lessons learned in the process of achieving this scale.
We shared our work and experience in front of an audience of more than 1,000 leading innovators, industry experts, researchers, and scientists from around the world. Fundación Capital’s Director of Business and Partnership Development, Ana Pantelic, reflected on her work in the field of social entrepreneurship and shared with the audience that the key facet of entrepreneurship is “hunger” for achievement, and the desire to resolve all of the world’s toughest challenges at once. This comes with the pitfall that entrepreneurs often assume they have all the answers and don’t take the time to listen, suggesting that “we should all be a little more humble.” Playing off of Steve Jobs’ infamous saying “stay hungry, stay foolish,” Ana suggested that social entrepreneurs should “stay hungry, stay humble.”
The Innovation Marketplace featured nearly 100 promising, high-potential innovators working to address major global issues and support long-term impact in key sectors. We were glad to have this opportunity to learn about many amazing innovations, and we are very happy to be joining the club!