YIM aims to bridge grassroots innovators and their innovations into the mainstream of the innovation ecosystem. Sustainability is driven through the facilitation of various skills and expertise in trainings, seminars and workshops. The division provides Community Profiling to “fill in” the gap between decision maker and innovators to garner insights of local community issues and needs which may vary based on competitive market factors at the mainstream level.
The Community Profiling consistently provides innovation recruitment and assessment exercises through many programmes collaborated with agencies at both state and national level in fulfilment of five important criteria:
- AFFORDABLE ACCESS
Inclusive innovation aimed at `extreme reduction’ in both production and distribution costs
- SUSTAINABLE BASIS
In the long term, ‘affordable access’ must not depend on Government subsidies or Government procurement support systems but should work by retaining market principles that correlate with market factors in the private sector.
- QUALITY / FUNCTIONALITY
Users should enjoy the equilibrium level of quality of basic services as people at the top of the pyramid.
- ACCESS TO THE EXCLUDED POPULATION
Those are primarily at the bottom of the pyramid including the poor, disabled, women, elderly and disadvantaged groups etc.
- SIGNIFICANT OUTREACH
Should reach a large scale, i.e. a significant portion of population, and not just a small section of the population (in many cases, the total target population may only be a few hundreds of thousands or a few million and not necessarily hundreds of millions e.g. psoriasis patients or premature babies).