Established in 2002, The Index Project foundation pushes the boundaries of design-for-good by focusing on design that solves real needs in our society – what we call ‘design to improve life.’ Our mission is to promote and mobilise design to improve life through our Index Award, education programmes and impact investment funds.
The first Index Award was held in 2005, identifying the world’s most impactful and iconic sustainable solutions. Guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Award continues to celebrate diversity, inspire hope and act as a catalyst for groundbreaking innovation. Index has inspired more than 10,000 proposals for design to improve life from more than 94 countries and our alumni and global network of designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, professors, students, professionals and investors form the pillars of our work.
Since 2011, we’ve put design to improve life on the learning agenda all around the world. In partnership with organisations across the business, academic and nonprofit sectors, we equip people with the mindset and tools for sustainable innovation, empowering them to deliver real and lasting impact. And since 2017, the Design to Improve Life Fund has taken us from celebrating innovation to directly investing in it: we have already invested in 12 innovative companies, and our journey has just begun.
We continue to expand our reach and impact globally, building strong regional ecosystems in our quest to place ourselves at the heart of the global effort to achieve a sustainable future.
The Index Project is a call to action. Are you in?