Based at the heart of the University of Cambridge, our Centre brings together innovators via events, training, digital platforms, and other immersive and inspiring programmes.
Besides Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, we have hosted other luminaries such as Nandan Nilekani, talking about his book Imagining India: Key Challenges facing India.
Rather than operating as an academic ivory tower, the Centre for India and Global Business is actively engaged in initiatives to realise our vision of being a global innovation platform.
We seek to bring together the best innovators from India and the world to create solutions for a diverse and prosperous world.
Upcoming events and programmes
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A 2-day prototyping workshop exploring how digital public goods and digital public infrastructure can provide solutions for India and the world.
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Exploring how the Norway model (and other global best practices) can be adapted to prevent resource curse and safeguard intergenerational equity in the context of India and the world’s natural resources.
Bridging the Gap between Governments and Businesses for Innovation and Growth
The Innovation Hub for Prosperity operates under our Centre. We facilitate collaborations between high-impact companies and government champions to promote prosperity in low and middle-income countries, with a focus on potential high social impact projects such as open-source digital infrastructure for IDs, payments, and data. Our goal is to accelerate these collaborations from ideation to implementation, ensuring tangible results.
The work of the Cambridge Innovation Hub for Prosperity is based on 2 key premises:
- An ‘honest broker’ has the potential to substantially facilitate partnerships between governments and the private sector
- Key investments in low and middle income countries have transformative potential as they start changing business and political practices. For example, investments of a global best practice ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) forestry company, “Uber” for tractors, or supporting adoption of open software digital infrastructure.
Our “Brokering Trust to Accelerate Digital Innovations” paper explains how to facilitate collaborations to unleash innovation and prosperity gains. The model relies on the interplay of 3 players and key criteria for selecting pilots for collaboration.
Featured past events
Presenting the concept of “jugaad”, the practice of getting spectacular value from limited resources.
Dr R A Mashelkar visits Cambridge
Challenges and opportunities posed by innovation in emerging markets
The need to cultivate creative leadership, with former President of India, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam