The Australasian Frugal Innovation Network (AFIN) is based within the RMIT College of Business and is strategically linked with a growing number of external organisations.

RMIT University's Global Business Innovation Platform brings together inter-disciplinary and applied researchers to address themes connecting governance, networks, technologies, design, culture, people and performance. It includes a specific focus on innovation, value creation, and sustainability from both market and socio-political perspectives. 
ECP Director, Global Business Innovation: Professor Anne-Laure Mention

RMIT College of Business has a proud history of providing programs that meet the evolving needs of students and industry.

HDR Students

Michael Lewis - Frugal Innovation and Dual Business Models

Suzie Batson - Frugal Innovation and the Circular Economy

The Center for Frugal Innovation is based on the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) campus in Germany and is affiliated with the Institute for Technology and Innovation Management.


The Leiden-Delft-Erasmus (LDE) Centre for Frugal Innovation in Africa (CFIA) is an academic research centre focused on frugal innovation. CFIA investigates how frugal innovations and technologies contribute to poverty reduction, inclusive development and sustainable outcomes.

Prof.dr. Cees van Beers, Co-Leader of CFIA

The Food Agility CRC aims to empower Australia's food industry to grow its comparative advantage through digital transformation. 

Grounded Consultant's mission is to help the world’s poorest consumers get access to products the rest of the world enjoys everyday, by engaging with product designers and manufacturers to help them design for the bottom billion.

Pollinate Energy gather direct user feedback using their network of local entrepreneurs in urban slum communities in Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kolkata.


Unbound is an Australian social enterprise reshaping the way we do education. Our organisation provides practice-based learning programs for entrepreneurs and university students that focus on sustainability, entrepreneurship and social impact design, both in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. Through a multi-disciplinary lens, Unbound uses a hands-on approach to foster innovation and collaboration that goes beyond the constraints of classroom learning, opening up opportunities to create, learn, and share without boundaries.

The Frugal Innovation Hub (FIH) is a program in the School of Engineering at Santa Clara University. Their mission is to engage students and faculty in technological and humanitarian projects through partnerships and programs.

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