Frontier Innovators

A program that supports innovative impact-oriented entrepreneurs to deliver positive change in the Indo-Pacific region.

The Frontier Innovators
Representatives from the 14 businesses selected for the Frontier Innovators program.

The Frontier Innovator program seeks to identify innovative impact-oriented businesses from the Indo-Pacific that align with the Sustainable Development Goals and to provide them with customised support to grow their impact and promote positive change in their communities.

The program received more than 700 applications from 52 countries. From these applications, 14 high-potential businesses from 10 countries were selected.

The 14 Frontier Innovators provide innovative and unique solutions in areas such as health, agriculture, education, environment, energy, and technology.

Through the needs assessment process, each Innovator identified their priority areas for support through a combination of grant funding and tailored advice provided by a group of advisors with track records in impact investing and support of social entrepreneurs.

These advisors worked with the Frontier Innovators to improve their Impact Assessment, Strategic Communications, Business Strategy, Growth Strategy, Human Resources and Business Operations.

The Frontier Innovators program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange.

Sudeep Bir Tuladhar, Gham Power, Nepal

The Frontier Innovators program has been instrumental in providing finance and training programs along with connecting us with pool of diverse resources. This award has definitely boosted our confidence and inspiration to realise our vision of scaling solar irrigation systems and its impact in rural Nepal.” - Sudeep Bir Tuladhar, Gham Power, Nepal

Libby McCarthy, Proximity Designs, Myanmar

The relationships I built with other Innovators through this program have brought so much richness to my personal and professional life and will endure well past the Innovators program. The Frontier team did an amazing job of creating a community that is bound by a sense of service to our customers and to each other.” - Libby McCarthy, Proximity Designs, Myanmar

If you would like to learn more about some of the incredible work being achieved by the Frontier Innovators, click on the Innovator cards below.

Frontier Innovators is one of four program interventions within the Australian Government’s Scaling Frontier Innovation (SFI) initiative, which aims to support social enterprises to scale their development impact in the Asia-Pacific region.

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