FUNDERS AND INVESTORS
The Tata Trusts
ITT recently launched an ambitious long-term partnership with the Tata Trusts to address India’s most important social and environmental problems through breakthrough technologies, as well as critical services enabled by these technologies. Members of ITT’s leadership team serve as advisors to the Tata Trusts on various fronts, and vice versa.
DfID and UK’s EPSRC
ITT and a group of partners—Open University (UK), Gamos (UK), United International University (Bangladesh), ACTS (Kenya) and Nairobi Women’s Hospital (Kenya)—have been funded by EPSRC and DfID to develop and take to market, a family of low-cost technologies focused on healthcare. This partnership helped launch the Universal Clinics Project.
The Lemelson Foundation
The Lemelson Foundation believes creating rich “impact inventing” ecosystems, in which inventors and innovators focus on the problems that really matter, and have a space in which to collaborate and exchange ideas. To that end, the Lemelson Foundation was one of ITT’s early supporters for the 50 Breakthroughs study. ITT and the Lemelson Foundation are now working on the next phase of this study, to convert the written report into a series of videos, along with a forum for moderated online discussions between innovators and topic-specific experts.
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Rockefeller Foundation is ITT’s second major current funder, in a broad-based partnership, which includes rural electrification (through the Foundation’s SPRD initiative), food security, water security and access to healthcare. In addition to technology-oriented projects, this partnership also aims to produce insightful perspectives on the above topics, and the roles and limitations of technology in addressing them.
The Schmidt Family Foundation
The Schmidt Family Foundation has been an anchor partner since ITT’s earliest days—as an impact investor with an appetite for high-risk bets in early stage organizations capable of far-reaching change. The Schmidt Family Foundation also works closely with ITT’s US operations to support its management and governance.
RESEARCH AND ACADEMIC PARTNERS
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
LBNL and ITT share a vision to further develop and commercialize early-stage technologies that have come out of the R&D conducted by LBNL. A number of ITT employees are Affiliates of LBNL, to work with LBNL scientists in areas of common interest.A number of ITT staffweremembers of the founding team at LBNL’s LIGTT Institute.
MIT-Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Through its Tata Center, MIT’s various academic departments are developing a continuous pipeline of technologies to address India’s most critical social and environmental problems. ITT works closely with a number of these projects and teams, both while they are housed at MIT, and after they are ready for commercialization.
The University of California – Berkeley
A number of ITT’s staff and advisors are faculty members or former students at UC-Berkeley. In addition to drawing on UC-Berkeley as the principal source of talent for ITT’s US operations, we are also actively collaborating with Berkeley faculty, scientists and students in every one of our major areas of interest.
Development Alternatives Group
The Development Alternatives Group is one of India’s earliest social enterprises, providing a number of services for low-income communities, businesses and households. Its TARA Urjagroup is a core implementing partner of the Rockefeller Foundation in its SPRD project, providing electricity to rural communities via solar mini-grids. ITT and TARA are collaborating (along with Tata Power DDL) to develop innovative technologies that will improve the affordability and viability of mini-grids in such low-income settings.
Indus Hospital is Pakistan’s largest private charitable hospital offering free (or heavily subsidized) healthcare for Karachi’s poor. As one of South Asia’s first paperless hospitals with a long track record of exceptional healthcare, Indus is a core partner in the Universal Clinics Project.
Nairobi Women’s Hospital
Nairobi Women’s Hospital is the largest private chain of hospitals in East Africa, with a proven commitment to providing quality, affordable healthcare. NWH is a core partner in the Universal Clinics Project, and its CEO, Dr. Sam Thenya, is on ITT’s Board of Directors.
PriMove India and Bear Valley Ventures
PriMove is one of Western India’s most innovate infrastructure companies, having developed a number of technologies for sustainable development in India, particularly on energy-efficient waste treatment. Along with Bear Valley Ventures—the original inventor of the vermifilter composting toilet—PriMove is one of ITT’s first implementation partners in India.
The Tata Group of companies
Today one of the largest conglomerates in the world, the Tata companies have been integral to India’s industrial, rural and economic development for more than a century. With a sizeable presence in virtually every sector relevant to addressing India’s most critical social and economic challenges, Tata companies offer a powerful conduit to commercializing the technologies developed by ITT. One of our earliest partnerships is in rural electricity, in which we are working with Tata Power DDL to create a new generation of technologies for solar mini-grids.