Karakoram is a developmental innovation consultancy that applies entrepreneurial thinking, strategy, design, and engineering to address the world's toughest humanitarian challenges.
Incorporated in 2019, Karakoram has focused on de-risking developmental ventures by injecting the same type of product/venture mentality and rapid experimental engineering used by top Silicon Valley accelerators and product shops. We have built high-impact projects across three continents, ranging from adapting Google Venture Sprints for developmental challenges to demonstrating how rapid prototyping of software, hardware, and IOT can de-risk ambitious projects for our clients and partners.
Our answers need to serve the widest possible audience: the more people with access to resources, the better.
PURPOSE AND PROFIT
Growth and financial sustainability can be achieved by focusing exclusively on purposeful projects
Business motives should support positive changes in society and environment.
Diverse, borderless, agile.
The Karakoram team is diverse in skills, perspectives, ethnicity, citizenship, background and experiences. This diversity enables us to create transformative solutions that are sustainable, empathetic, and ethical.
Innovation in partnership with local experts.
Our solutions are developed in-country, on the ground, and in partnership with the people most impacted by the challenges. We solve problems faster, cheaper, and more efficiently than traditional consultancies by connecting with local communities and using rapid iterative prototyping.
Karakoram is the proud recipient of the 2020 UNDP 'Global Innovator Award' and aspires to reimagine and drive a paradigm shift for the future of private consultancy/intergovernmental partnerships, using the current relationship between NASA and its private sector partners as a template for getting things done.