A Platform for start-ups with innovative solutions for the SDGs

The Innovations for Sustainability Partnership INSPiRE is a platform that brings together startups and innovative entrepreneurs with donors and governments from around the world. Its objective is to support entrepreneurship and empower the private sector to contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

INSPiRE enables start-ups from developed and developing countries to exchange ideas and best practices and to connect with the public sector, investors, donors and users in developing countries.

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INSPiRE hosts events to offer a stage for the most innovative and successful solutions for the SDGs, encouraging adoption and promoting successful start-ups.

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INSPiRE facilitates sustainable and fair financing opportunities for start-ups, especially in developing countries where access to finance usually is limited.

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INSPiRE is cooperating with institutions and mentors to provide organisational capacity development and BDS to help grow innovative start-ups.

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What we Offer

INSPiRE offers free of charge to all start-ups interested in operating in developing countries a comprehensive knowledge database of online tutorials, extensive networking opportunities and access to finance opportunities.

Our goal is to present the best start-up solutions for the SDGs and to help the companies grow and scale their solutions across the developing world.

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Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is a huge challenge for humankind. The 17 goals comprising 169 targets require innovations and collaboration, that will not be possible without involving the private sector in the joint efforts.

In addition to the estimated required investment of USD 30 trillion to achieve the SDGs, what is needed are scientific breakthroughs, transformational innovations and capable entrepreneurs to implement them.

Therefore, the Innovations for Sustainability Partnership INSPiRE empowers start-ups in developed and in developing countries to unlock their potential and to become a major contributor to achieving the UN SDGs.

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Now is the time to take advantage of emerging markets opportunities


Developing countries will account for almost half of global consumption by 2025


of current global consumption growth is driven by emerging markets


of European start-ups plan to enter the African market – only


Joining the INSPiRE network is free of charge

Without the private sector, we will not have the necessary innovation, we will not have the necessary capacity to discover new markets, new products, new services and to be able to develop new areas in the economy.

António Guterres, Secretary General, United Nations

Our Stakeholders

Private Sector

INSPiRE supports start-ups with innovative solutions for the SDGs to grow.

Tech Hubs

INSPiRE cooperates with and supports tech hubs that empower start-ups in developing countries.

Public Sector

INSPiRE facilitates the cooperation between the public sector and innovative start-ups.


INSPiRE offers a unique platform for start-ups and researchers to cooperate.


INSPiRE helps investors identify sustainable and powerful start-ups.


Here’s what just some of our clients have said

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Thomas O’Connell — Georgetown, Ohio

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Sarah Gooding — Manhatan, New York

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Robert Thornton — Houston, Texas

Frequently Asked Questions

These are just some of the most common questions we get asked. For anything else, please contact us – we would be delighted to help.

How can I be part of the partnership?

If you have a solution to one of the challenges of the SDGs, you can apply for membership to INSPiRE and profit from the wide variety of support services. 

Do I need to pay a membership fee?

Membership is free. What is more, INSPiRE facilitates access to finance and funding from international donors, investors and financial institutions.

What are the criteria for becoming a member?

If you believe you have a product or service that offers an innovative contribution to the challenges mentioned under the SDG, you may apply for membership. Your start-up must be fully operational with a ready product. At this stage, proof of concepts and prototypes cannot be accepted. 

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