Our process identifies and validates innovations with 9 Billion potential and unites them with global opportunities, investors with impact ambitions.

Welcome to 9BL: enabling people to invest in the world they want to see.

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Our Vision

A future where innovation enables every individual to live a full life within the limits of the earth.

What we do

The 9BL Machine

Part movement – part think tank – part investment platform – and all collaboration. We systematically identify innovations with big impact potential, validate them for 9B Readiness and curate them for impact investors searching for deal flow of impact initiatives.

Current Innovation-to-Impact 
funding opportunities:

CeraMaji Water Filtration System: Impact 500,000+ people.  Provide clean water for 500,000 people living in East Africa slums. Learn more.

Kibera Electronic Medical Records Initiative: Initial impact for 1M people.  Improve access to health services for the urban poor in Kibera, the second largest slum area in Africa. Learn more.

Carbon-to-Value Fund: Accelerating the Carbon-to-Value technology sector. An investment fund focused on quickening the path to scaled C02 reductions AND delivering returns. Learn more.

The Challenge

If the entire world lived like today’s average American, it’s estimated we would need 5 planets to provide for 9 billion people. 

9 Billion Lives asks: “Where can breakthroughs occur to enable a dignified life for 9 billion people?”

How we do it

A Practical Approach

Our distinct systems approach to delivering impact has four stages. These elements form a powerful whole.



Imagine Boldly

Use the 9 billion vision as the guiding objective for all innovation deployment.

Think Critically

Use the 9B Lens to assess and validate innovations for 9B readiness.

Act Thoughtfully

Leverage our data to accelerate investment and funding, connecting funders to innovations.

Reflect to Learn

Review and assess all actions for effectiveness to serve as a basis for continual learning. 

Lens to Drive Impact

Drones are delivering critical medical supplies to rural areas in Rwanda. 

9 Billion Lives asks: “How can existing technologies be used to significantly impact the greater good?” Learn more about our 9BL lens.

Who we are

Positioned to THINK & Act BIG

 We are a diverse team with decades of experience in both the innovation sector and in addressing sustainability on a global level. We have a core team of professionals, supported by strategic advisors and a global network of changemakers, innovators, impact investors and big thinkers.

brainstormingAbility to conceive and action results for transformational projects
chatCritical thinking and collaborative mindset to tackle complex challenges

tool-2Deep experience integrating innovation and sustainability, and financing and scaling innovation
networkExtensive global network of multi-disciplined leaders and thinkers from all walks of life

Our Experience Speaks for Itself: We have worked on  NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the U.N.’s Earth Summit 2002, and ran the ARCTIC Challenges, just to name a few. 

Scaling for Impact

The time to act is now. In the next 40 years we’ll need to produce as much food as we have in the last 10,000.

[Source: McKinsey]

9 Billion Lives asks: “What other new innovations can deliver high-impact solutions to the world’s greatest challenges?”

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The Future is Now – What Will Your Impact Be?

We live in an era of unprecedented opportunity for positive change. There is no shortage of innovation and, arguably, no shortage of funding for innovation.Yet, existing innovations are not having the impact they could. 9BL will work collaboratively to identify and scale innovations for meaningful sustainability impact.

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