From Innovator to Innovator: Top 10 Pieces of Advice from SL@B Alumni Innovators

Over the last seven years, Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) has established an expansive pipeline of maternal and neonatal health innovations, supporting 116 unique devices, diagnostics, nutrients, and cross-cutting approaches from around the world. In its eighth call for solutions, there is an increased focus on advancing the most successful and transformational innovations as they transition to scale. We recognize that whilefunding can be catalytic, there are many other barriers and drivers to success that influence an innovation’s path to scale and impact. As a partnership, we seek to foster continued learning and innovation among the SL@B community by providing tailored support, networking opportunities, and platforms to engage with other innovators. In doing so, we have found that one of the most valuable resources for our innovators is each other.

In this spirit, a few months ago, we asked our Saving Lives at Birth alumni network to share one piece of advice with our current grantees – something they wish they knew when they were beginning their journey as an innovator, a lesson learned from experience along the way, or insight gained from partners or beneficiaries as they worked to develop and scale an innovation that would save the lives of moms and babies in communities around the world. Nearly 40 alumni responded and below are the 10 most common pieces of advice they shared. 

To learn more about our innovators and their work, click here.

To learn more about the Saving Lives at Birth’s Round 8 Call for Applications, visit