Fostering innovation in the humanitarian sector
Start Labs is a collectively-owned incubator that aims to foster innovation in the humanitarian sector. It supports the development and piloting of new solutions to enable earlier, faster and more effective response to humanitarian crises.
Catalysing change for greater impact
When crisis strikes, solutions are all too often late, insufficient, poor quality or absent. We want that to change. We want to see innovation, both radical and incremental, because we want to strengthen the aid system, making it proactive and flexible in its approach and therefore more effective and efficient.
A reactive business model
Lack of resources to develop and share ideas
Funding is tightly controlled to avoid perceived risks
New financial mechanisms
will create a proactive model for NGOs
Collective access to partners
and funding to test new ideas
The time and space to learn
will help to change policies
Developing and testing new humanitarian solutions
We trial new ways of working before introducing them to the field. Innovations we invest in can be taken to scale by our members and their local partners. Support from our members means we have a higher tolerance for risk and can explore opportunities that individual NGOs would not be able to approach by themselves. Below we explain more about the innovations we have launched and ones in development.
Disaster Risk Financing
DEPP Innovation Labs
The Start Fund
OUR PARTNERS and funders
Helping us catalyse change in the sector
Helping us scope, develop and pilot innovations.