Stage is one of the first aspects of an innovation that any prospective partner will look at. It is important for social entrepreneurs or innovators to accurately select the right innovation stage on an innovation profile on GIE to the best of your ability. GIE uses the six innovation stages as defined in Insights on Scaling Innovation by the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA). Learn more about the 6 stages of innovation and how to identify which stage your innovation is at.
Why does this matter?
Not only can identifying your innovation’s scaling stage be a helpful input for your GIE innovation profile and for raising the visibility of your innovation, but it can also help you gain insight on the journey your innovation has taken so far and where you will go next. For partners to easily confirm the accuracy of your stage, other areas of your innovation profile should support the stage you’ve selected.
Demonstrating your stage via various aspects of your innovation profile
Stage 1: Ideation - You are defining and analyzing the development problem and generating ideas for potential innovations to address the problem.
You should likely wait till you have one specific innovation defined and in development to create a page for that innovation on GIE.
Stage 2: Research & Development - You are developing a specific innovation that has the potential to address a development problem you've identified.
On GIE, you should be able to define basics such as Focus Areas and One Liner in the Introduction section on your GIE innovation page as well as details about your in the Share Your Innovation’s Story such as the Problem, Solution, Innovation Description and Competitive Advantage. You should have a Milestone for Innovation Created and any other relevant ones such as Key Partnership if you are developing it with another entity. Also, fill in The Team Behind the Innovation to share more about yourself and others working on this innovation to demonstrate you’re the right team for this innovation. Finally, select a Point of Contact in Settings in case anyone wants to reach out.
Stage 3: Proof of Concept - The intellectual concept behind this innovation has been field-tested to gain an early 'real-world' assessment of its potential.
On GIE, you should fill or update all the above-noted items for Stage 2 as well as add in additional information such as where you’ve registered in Settings, more contact details in Introduction such as the website or social media pages, and images or videos in the Gallery that show the test in action. You should also update all fields with the latest about your innovation and add Milestones. The most basic addition should be ‘New Country Implemented In’ Milestone since you’ve already field tested it there. Others such as In the News, Funds Raised and Recognition Received should also be added, if applicable.
Stage 4: Transition to Scale - This innovation has demonstrated small-scale success and you're developing the business model and attracting partners to help fill gaps in your capacity to scale.
Your innovation is at this stage if...your innovation has demonstrated at least small-scale success in the real world and you are working on it’s scaling plan including refining the business model and developing necessary partnerships to support you by filling gaps (technical, financial) in your capacity to scale.
On GIE, you should be able to demonstrate all this throughout your innovation profile with several Milestones, clearly articulated details in the ‘Share Your Innovation Story’ section of the page and up-to-date basics in ‘Settings’, ‘Introduction’ and ‘The Team Behind the Innovation’.
Stage 5: Scaling - You are replicating and/or adapting this innovation across large geographies and populations for transformational impact.
On GIE you want to continue to add Milestones that demonstrate that you are on your journey to scale, aka scaling already. The most basic addition would be the ‘New Country Implemented In’ Milestone.
Stage 6: Sustainable Scale - This innovation has reached wide-scale adoption or operation at the desired level of scale/exponential growth, sustained by an ecosystem of actors.
On GIE, you should continue to add Milestones and update the details of your innovation to reflect the decisions you’ve made around these topics. You may also be developing new innovations which will be at earlier stages and can have their own innovation pages or featured in your Milestones as ‘New Product or Service’.