PopTech Talk on Lasting Impact

PopTech Talk on Lasting Impact

Kevin Starr attended the 2010 PopTech Conference as part of PopTech's core Social Innovation Fellows faculty and a member of PopTech's Accelerator’s Advisory Board. He spoke about how Mulago screens potential grantees. Here's an excerpt from the PopTech blog:

For Starr, every idea must answer a few key questions before it can be considered by Mulago. “Is it needed? Does it work like it’s supposed to? Will it get to those needed and a lot of them? And will they use it right when they get it?” Starr asked. “Too many of these ideas get a lot of limelight, burn through a ton of money, affect a few people on the margins and end up having no impact, or a negative impact.” Putting every idea to such a simple yet rigorous test helps to ensure that they are not only viable, and therefore more likely to succeed, but also scalable.

This talk was given at the PopTech 2010 in Camden, Maine. October, 2010.