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Bopinc & SAIS Inclusive Innovation Course


It is an exciting time for Inclusive Innovation. As international awareness grows on the need to include low-income communities and underserved groups in the development of products and services, new business opportunities arise for entrepreneurs that want to combine profit with making a social impact.

The Bopinc Inclusive Innovation training provides you with a unique opportunity to discover the fundamentals of designing and delivering impactful business solutions for low-income consumers or the “Base of the Pyramid”.

Why invest your time

In this training course, Inclusive Innovation experts from Bopinc will share inspirational stories, useful tips and practical assignments that allow you to apply new knowledge to your own case. Each course module will build your capabilities to better cope with the challenges that entrepreneurs often experience when entering underserved markets.

What you can expect

The Inclusive Innovation course is best enjoyed in 7 modules. Expect to spend approximately an hour to read the module, and another 1 or 2 hours to work on the assignment. That is less than 3 hours per module. While you can follow this course individually, we highly recommend you work in pairs or teams. If you want you can use the discussion board to find a buddy.

Note that while we published the modules sequentially, this does not mean that the modules themselves have a specific order or particular level of importance. All topics are crucial to the success of your Inclusive Innovation and should be considered and revisited throughout your journey.


Each module follows the same format:

  • Introduction & key learnings
  • Podcast featuring inspirational entrepreneurs
  • 2 or 3 theory sections inspired from real cases
  • Quiz to test yourself on new theory
  • Assignment to apply the theory to your own business case
  • Additional reading materials

About this course

7 modules, 2-3 hours per module
How to pass
Read all modules and complete each quiz
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About the course initiator and funder

This course has been an initiative of the Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme

Southern Africa Innovation Support Programme (SAIS 2), funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in partnership with the SADC Secretariat and the governments of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia.

SAIS 2 has been running from 2017 to 2021, and aims to support the growth of new businesses through the strengthening of innovation ecosystems and the promotion of cross-border collaboration between innovation roleplayers in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

For the delivery of the training programmes for SAIS 2 Innovation Fund grantees, SAIS 2 has teamed up with world class experts. The Inclusive Innovation training programme is delivered by Bopinc.

Creators of this course

Bopinc is a not-for-profit organisation that accelerates the impact of market-driven innovative strategies in low-income markets – the “Base of the Pyramid” (BoP). We believe the best products should be available where they matter most, and that fulfilling the BoP’s aspirations and needs is key. Since 2010, Bopinc has been supporting inclusive innovation through the power of entrepreneurship. In our collaborations with startups, SMEs and MNCs, every new idea is turned upside down and inside out until we find the right innovation for low-income communities.

The content is produced by:
Gerwin Jansen

Gerwin Jansen

The Netherlands

Gerwin is an Inclusive Innovation Fanatic with 10 years experience in supporting entrepreneurs to design and deliver impactful business solutions for the BoP. Given his background in Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, he likes to keep an eye on technological breakthroughs and imagines how these might solve the grand challenges in low-income markets. What he likes best? Getting his own hands dirty and prototype and test new ideas with consumers.

Kenneth Owino

Kenneth Owino

The Netherlands

Kenneth is a communication expert with a background in journalism and digital storytelling. Kenneth is a former recipient of the EU funded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship through which he earned a double master’s in journalism media and globalization from Aarhus University in Denmark and the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Kenneth previously worked as a radio journalist and editor in Kenya and now records podcasts that feature stories of African entrepreneurs.

Yvonne Achieng

Yvonne Achieng


Yvonne Achieng is a hands-on project manager working from Bopinc’s office in Nairobi. She is deeply passionate about economic empowerment at the last-mile and has supported many entrepreneurs, both small businesses and multinationals, in tailoring their offerings to be more inclusive. Yvonne has expertise in conducting quantitative and qualitative consumer research to inform the development of scalable business strategies for inclusive innovations.