#SBMadrid19 Interview: Leonard Bukenya, partner of Aim for The Moon

How do you expect to reach or have impacted 100 million lives by the end of 2025? What is the key?

The way we want to reach our moonshot is that we created numerous positive businesses that directly or indirectly impact the lives of people. We believe that on our own we can’t make it but with our corporate partners we have the scalability to actually have a shot at scaling these businesses.

How can we work in a “efficient” innovation?

Innovation always has a lot of “waste” when you look at it with the view of a running business. But the so called waste of innovation is learnigs, when you don’t have learnings it is actually truely wasteful. Learnings early on prevent you from making big mistakes later on. This means that “efficient” innovation will always be innovation that has a high speed of learning and the only way to do that is by taking small steps. Dream big and start small.

How are you going to grow into a global moonshot movement? A moonshot movement for “what”? What does it mean? Which are the different stakeholders that must be involved?

Growing into a global moonshot movement means that our impact will be bigger than wat we directly create ourselves. We want to create a movement that looks at creating new solutions for problems by taking the scalability of corporates and the creativity and execution power of entrepreneurs. We hope to create a global ecosystem of corporate and entrepreneurial innovators that tackle big problems together. The stakeholders involved will become complexer as government, society and other institutions can get involved.

What do you think is the biggest issue humanity faces today?
I personally believe the loss of connection is a central challenge to the world. We have lost connection with nature and eachother which means we make decisions without thinking about the consequences to both. On a smaller scale I believe this has also resulted into a disconnection with real learning. We expect everything to be perfect and don’t want to deal with what is not. When in fact it is actually dealing with these imperfections that teaches how to tackle bigger problems and create more meaningful connections. Accepting and learning these imperfections also means to me that you can accept other opinions and even learn from them.

Finally: what is your personal moonshot?
My personal moonshot is that everyone in the world has the resources to reach their full potential because I believe that this shared wealth makes us make better choices and truly cooperate to create a better place to live in.

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