About infoDev

About infoDev

An Initiative of the World Bank Group's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit

Entrepreneurs in developing countries face many challenges in their journey to launch high-growth companies. Yet when they succeed, entrepreneurs can act as powerful agents of change — creating jobs, boosting economic development, and reducing inefficiencies in sectors like energy and education.

infoDev is a multi-donor program in the World Bank Group that supports entrepreneurs in developing economies. We oversee a global network of business incubators and innovation hubs for climate technology, agribusiness, and digital entrepreneurs. We also publish educational resources on topics like crowdfunding, angel investing, and business incubator management.

Through Climate Innovation Centers, Mobile Application Labs (mLabs), and Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Centers, we connect entrepreneurs with the knowledge, funding, and markets they need to grow their businesses. Our inspiring clients work in the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, Vietnam, and more.

infoDev serves its clients, partners, and the development community by:

  • Piloting programs to accelerate the growth of agribusiness, climate technology, and digital startups in developing countries
  • Publishing research to share knowledge about business incubation, access to finance, and the characteristics of high-growth entrepreneurs
  • Promoting inclusive strategies for women, minorities, youth, people living in extreme poverty, and other marginalized groups

Interested in learning more about our work with entrepreneurs? Explore our featured entrepreneurs and 2014-15 annual report, or read about our agribusiness, climate technology, and digital entrepreneurship programs.

infoDev was founded as an ICT-for-development research leader in 1995. Our ambitious agenda is made possible thanks to generous support by bilateral donors and private sector partners.


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