Bring to life, the most critical technology breakthroughs required for sustainable global development, and deploy these technologies through innovative, practical business models for large-scale impact.
The Beginning: Defining the Problem
In 2014, a simple but compelling question was posed at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: how can the world’s leading centers of R&D solve the biggest social and environmental challenges affecting the global poor?
To answer that question, we began by researching the most effective ways in which advanced technology can move the needle on such problems. The outcome was a report we call The 50 Breakthroughs (50BTs).
The report rigorously analyzes the role of technology in the context of policy reform, infrastructure development, technical capacity building, and business innovations to identify the most critical technologies required to eliminate global poverty.
The Evolution: Bringing Breakthroughs to Life
In 2015 ITT’s mission evolved: with the 50BTs informing our understanding of the problem and context, we committed to bringing to life the technologies needed to solve the problems integral to the SDGs. We created a model that:
- Taps into a global network of research institutions and inventors to find the most promising early-stage technologies;
- Engineers and designs new products leveraging those technologies; and then
- Commercializes them with established players in the private sector who have the footprint and capacity for scale.
In three short years we have refined our model to a point where we have been able to consistently deliver a series of impressive successes and learnings.
Looking Forward: Mobilizing the Ecosystem
The UN has set a very ambitious goal: eradicate global poverty by 2030. If the world is to achieve this goal, then we must come together as a global development ecosystem and do so collectively.
As part of our mandate we are committed to sharing our learnings with the technology for development ecosystem to drive collective progress. As a result, the 50BTs has become a call-to-action to the entire ecosystem to prioritize talent, resources and funding towards technologies that matter.
Meet our Team
With several decades of experience spanning multiple geographies, the team represents exceptional technical expertise, business acumen and essential on-the-ground experience to bring technologies to life.
ITT in the Press
ITT's work has been featured in the news for pioneering innovative technologies across multiple sectors. We have also been invited to share our perspectives on novel approaches to solving today's most critical challenges.