Two weeks ago we welcomed our sixth IDEX cohort to India! I've been lucky enough to witness every cohort enter IDEX since we founded the fellowship in 2010, however the excitement of new opportunities and challenges and sheer amazement of the diverse talent our fellows possess never ceases to amaze me.
It’s no secret that IDEX thrives today because of the 150+ alumni that chose to join us in changing the way the world works by lending their talent, knowledge and creative energy towards something much bigger than themselves. We believe our role, while it is instrumental, is also just one small piece of the larger puzzle. Simply stated: We search the globe for amazingly talented people, pair them with enterprises that are using innovation and entrepreneurship to tackle huge problems, and witness them shine as we watch from the shadows. It gives us no greater joy than to see passion and purpose soar when fellows (and the entrepreneurs they support) are doing what they love!
Over the past five years, we have used the mantra "find the spotlight for others to shine" as a model for collaboration with fellows, partners and staff. We believe that finding the spotlight isn’t about standing in it. There’s so much to be gained from working with a collective of people who support each other to achieve great things. We all eventually become a product of the people we associate closely with.
This mantra is a significant part of IDEX's DNA and ingrained in our company culture. From its ideation a number of people have significantly influenced IDEX's vision and journey along the way. There are far too many to name-check, however over the course of my tenure I have worked hand-in-hand with many inspired minds to bring our innovative ideas to life.
The spirit of IDEX is built upon uniting like-minded people, and more importantly keeping the focus on helping our fellows and alumni find their spotlight. Our success is ultimately their success.