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Funding announced for viable Climate Change concepts

Thursday, April 03, 2014
by Rhyesa Joseph, GIS - Government of Saint Lucia

Applicants can choose from five areas to establish the commercial potential of a concept that significantly contributes to climate mitigation or adaptation. Saint Lucians are being encouraged to participate in the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre’s, CIC, Proof of Concept (PoC) with possible awards of up to US $50,000 in grant funding. 


 

Media highlights of the launch of the Ethiopia CIC


 

Kenya farmers diversify to feed themselves

Al Jazeera

In Kenya, millions are suffering from severe drought. And people are being forced to diversify to feed themselves. Al Jazeera's Catherine Soi reports from Sigona in Central Kenya

Business Daily

Tired of calling to know where your field employees are? A young Kenyan techie has designed and developed a mobile application that keeps track of mobile staff and those located in remote sites. It is called Akida.

Catherine Kiguru who runs an IT start up, Ukall, says the application allows users to report on their daily activities and receive important information using a mobile phone.

Indor mini-farms to beat climate change

IPS - Inter Press Service 

Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. His project is one of several being considered for further development by the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC), headquartered in Jamaica.


Media highlights of Digital Jam 3.0


m:lab wins grant for job creation

HumanIPO

Kenyan business incubator m:lab has won a grant for its contribution in creating jobs within underserved sectors, a move that will provide capital to Kenya’s startup culture. m:lab received the grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tony Elumelu Foundation‘s Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF), along with six other organisations across the continent.

7 Businesses Win African Impact Innovation Fund

Ventures Africa

Senegal’s Investisseurs & Partenaires, Renew LLC (Ethiopia), M.Lab Africa (Kenya), Policy and Economic Research Council (Tanzania), Doreo Partners (Nigeria), GIMPA Centre for Impact Investing (Ghana) and SliceBiz (Ghana) have been announced as the winners of the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF), an endowment supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tony Elumelu Foundation to provide grant capital for entrepreneurs with projects that create jobs.


Media highlights of the launch of the Caribbean CIC

CNN

With the Kenyan economy riding the M-Pesa wave, the key beneficiaries have been consumers using their phones to make payments. Kopo Kopo aims to make merchants the next mobile payment-enabled segment of society.

Mobilizing investment from the Caribbean diaspora

Jamaica Observer

We regard as vitally important a just released study by the World Bank on mobilising investment from the Caribbean diaspora, given that most of our regional countries are beset by sluggish economic growth, indebtedness and where, in many cases, remittances are the main source of foreign exchange.

Centre to help 'Nation' mentor local entrepreneurs

Daily Nation

The Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (CIC) has partnered with Nation media’s The Next Big Thing to identify and provide incubation and financing to Kenyan entrepreneurs. The Next Big Thing was developed by the Business Daily to host an annual event aimed at identifying investment ideas that have the potential to fuel Kenya’s growth.

Kenya aims to become hub for green technologies

China.org.cn

"Kenya supports initiatives that encourage sharing of technical knowhow to build resilience to costly natural disasters. We have adopted an integrated approach to advance economic, social and environmental objectives simultaneously," Wakhungu said during a Green Technologies Symposium in Nairobi. The exhibition was hosted by Strathmore University's Kenya Climate Change Innovation Centre to showcase 30 pioneering green technologies that have made an impact across the country.


Media highlights of the signing of the Ethiopia CIC agreement


Media highlights of Kopo Kopo's $2.6m Series A funding round


Petropolis now: Are cities getting too big?

New Statesman

The group standing in front of the perimeter gate are members of Nairobi’s iHub, part of a network of self-organising groups that now run 16 innovation spaces across the city. From the iHub to M:Lab, Nailab and 88mph, an alternative approach is forming, deploying technology not to escape the problems of distressed migration but to tackle the root causes.

A Teddy Bear That Monitors Your Child's Health

Wall Street Journal

BERLIN—A teddy bear that measures heart rate, temperature and blood-oxygen level when a child hugs or plays with it was one of the more engaging startup products on show at the TechCrunch Disrupt show here in the German capital. Called Teddy the Guardian, the toy is the work of two young entrepreneurs, Ana Burica and Josipa Majić, both graduate students at the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

SA tech start-up off to Europe

IT News Africa

GoMetro, a South African mobile start-up in the transport space, has been selected as a Global Finalist in the VentureOut Challenge, an initiative of infoDev, a World Bank agency.

m:Lab East Africa partners with Microsoft for Windows 8 training

Human IPO

m:Lab East Africa, in partnership with Microsoft, is to conduct a Windows Phone 8 development training programme. The four week training programme will last for four weeks starting on October 8 at m:Lab East Africa in Nairobi.

Angels over Johannesburg – South Africa hosts the first Pan-African event to introduce ICT entrepreneurs to angel investors

Balancing Act

Until recently there were so many gaps in the ICT entrepreneurship ecosystem that new start-ups did not have much of a fighting chance of success. However, even with the recent improvements there has still been an “equity gap” for newer start-ups. The creation of the Angel Africa network and its Angel Fair event next week may change things. Russell Southwood talks to co-founder and long-time ICT activist Eric Osiakwan.


Media highlights of the planned Ghana CIC


Media highlights of the mLab ECA launch


Media highlights of infoDev's 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Kenya's poor to bear the brunt of rising heat

Daily Nation

In a forum on natural resource management, Kenya was identified as one of the developing countries to be hit hard by increasing temperatures due to global warming. Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) Chief Edward Mungai said Mombasa, Kilifi and Malindi are amongst the coastal towns threatened by the effects of global warming.

Mobile applications developers meet

New Era

The Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC) held a successful mobile innovation road show in partnership with the Southern African Innovation Support (SAIS) Programme and infoDev. The road show brought together a number of mobile companies, information and technology companies, as well as developers of mobile application software. 

Microsoft Unveils Strategic Cooperation With iHub and m:lab to Accelerate Innovation in East Africa

PR Newswire

As part of the recently launched Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative, Microsoft Corp. today announced a strategic cooperation with business incubator iHub and the m:lab East Africa consortium to enable startups, innovators and the developer community of East Africa to grow their skills and build businesses with Microsoft technologies. 

Microsoft cooperates with Kenya's iHub, m:lab

Telecompaper

Microsoft has announced a strategic cooperation with business incubator iHub and the m:lab East Africa consortium to enable start-ups, innovators and the developer community to expand their skills and build businesses. It will offer them increased access to software, skills development opportunities and a means to access capital investment and benefit from international outreach. 

Mobile apps competition in the offing

Republica

Mobile Social Networking Nepal and Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs´ Forum (NYEF) with support from infoDev, the World Bank, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and Young Innovations are organizing the first ever competition on mobile apps ideas and products in Nepal called “Pivot Nepal.”


Media highlights of the East Africa Climate Innovation Network (EACIN) conference


'Pitch' Perfect: infoDev/CIDA Launch Programme to Aid Caribbean Tech Startups

Your Money E-Zine

Help is on the horizon, in the form of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) an upcoming collaborative project from the World Bank's innovation, technology and entrepreneurship programme infoDev and the Caribbean International Development agency (CIDA). EPIC was kick started last November with PitchIT Caribbean, a competition to help tech entrepreneurs in the Caribbean fine tune their business ideas and position them for investors. 

How ICT tools are improving efficiency of agricultural development

The Guardian

In a recent global discussion organised by the World Bank and e-Agriculture, experts from various fields and organisations around the world shared their experiences and discussed the ways in which they were using ICT – mobilephones, tablets, applications and software – to collect data in the field, and to perform M&E in development projects, while also working closely with rural communities and taking their feedback. 

Kenya's mLab announces applications for mobile training

HumanIPO

mLab East Africa, a Kenya-based incubation hub for mobile-oriented startups, has announced its intake for the 2013 training to be held in the capital Nairobi. The mobile training, which targets mobile developers from Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Somalia, will last four months, with participants expected at the close of the programme to showcase inventions. 

Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture'

NPR

But you need more than tech giants and broadband and even money to launch a local tech industry. You also need a culture of computer geeks. That's where Owigar and her collective Akirachix come in. They want to make sure that the girl geeks are encouraged as much as the guys. 

Vietnam, WB work on designing climate innovation center

NZweek

HANOI, Nov. 15 — The Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) and the World Bank (WB)’s infoDev held here on Tuesday a seminar on designing a Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Vietnam. The move is aimed at promoting renewals of technologies relating to local climate change, and handling barriers to renewal and innovations by supplying services to support domestic small and medium-sized enterprises, said organizers. 


Media highlights of SocialWire (infoDev Top20 SME) launch and $2-million fundraising round


Kenya's mobile telephones: Vital for the poor

The Economist

AFRICA’S “mobile decade”, when telephones at last reached most corners of the continent, has meant a huge improvement in the lives of the poor. But quantifying it is hard. How useful can a mobile phone be to someone living on less than $2.50 a day, the World Bank’s standard benchmark of poverty? Researchers in Kenya have given a partial answer. 

Kenya Climate Innovation Center Helps Address Climate Change

Voice of America

NAIROBI — Quickly becoming known as the home of the “Silicon Savannah,” Kenya hopes to make the world a bit greener with its new Climate Innovation Center. The center will assist entrepreneurs in securing financing and other services for their companies while helping the country and region address the effects of climate change. 

Finland in Africa- An Innovative Partnership for a Sustainable Future (Part 1-3)

Sudan Vision Daily

Finland, [...] infoDev, and Nokia initiated the “Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy” (CSBKE) Programme in March of 2010, with financing in four departments (KEO, ALI, ASA, and IT?). The three year Programme budget totals €14.6 million. The Programme aims at making the ICT sector of developing countries more effective, and at using ICT to improve the competitiveness of small-scale agricultural enterprises.


Media highlights of the launch of the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC)


Media highlights of the launch of mLab East Asia


Media highlights of the m2Work Hackathon


MicroForester: Seeding social entrepreneurship while planting trees

blogs.worldbank.org

In May 2012, Alexander Shakaryan’s MicroForester, which is an online platform to stimulate reforestation in designated parts of the world, received the runner-up prize of infoDev and Nokia’s m2Work Challenge.

SMS Can Change the World and Other Trends from the Unreasonable Institute

New Empire Builders
M-Farm gives farmers in Kenya transparent, real-time market price information via SMS, provides them with a group selling platform, connect farmers to suppliers, and uses collective buying power to obtain significant discounts on farm inputs. 

Want to Graduate? First, Create a Company

The New York Times

VIETNAM was similarly lacking in programs to encourage technology start-ups, says Tuan Pham, 37, who began the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City sections there in 2011. “The fact that the Founder Institute agreed to work with us is huge — otherwise, we would have to rely on what we read from books,” said Mr. Pham, founder of the Topica Education Group, a Hanoi-based online learning company with 300 employees. The Vietnam chapters have produced five companies.

* Tuan Pham and his team manage infoDev's mHub and Virtual Incubation project in Vietnam.

For coverage of the launch of our report IC4D 2012: Maximizing Mobile, click here.

TEDxCapeTown, 21 July, official Simulcast at mLab

mlabsworld.org

Now, I know, we are not all lucky enough to have secured a seat for the day or to be in Cape Town on the 21st so the awesome people at TEDxCapeTown.org has partnered up with mLab and The Innovation Hub to host a live broadcast (simulcast) for fans in Gauteng.

mBillionth Award SA 2012 coming up

The Himalayan Times

Young Inn-ovation Pvt Ltd (YIPL) has partnered with infoDev and The World Bank to initiate ‘Mobile Social Networking Nepal (Mobile Nepal)’ which is the active outreach partner of the mBillionth Award South Asia 2012. The event is going to be held on July 21 in New Delhi. 

For Bhalinge, the winning idea came after observing autos

IBN Live

Bhalinge, the winner of m2Work, a World Bank-sponsored online challenge seeking the best ideas for spurring the job-creation potential of mobile phones, told PTI that he regularly travelled by rickshaw. 

mLab Southern Africa appoints CEO

ITWeb

The Mobile Applications Laboratory Southern Africa(mLab SA) has appointed Derrick Kotze as its new CEO, with effect from 15 June. 

Africa’s top innovators commit to firm path forward

Ghana Business News

Commenting on the conference, Valerie D’ Costa, infoDev’s Programme Manager, stated, “It was great to have even more African innovators and entrepreneurs at this year’s OIAS. Their interaction brought forth many interesting ideas. We really saw the promise and potential of Africa’s innovation leaders and we hope they continue to build links with one another.” 

Open Innovation Africa Summit - the End of the Beginning

AllAfrica.com

Sponsored by Nokia, infoDev and the Government of Finland, this week's Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS) in Nairobi focused on how to create the ecosystem that will help develop services and applications for the mobile Internet. Russell Southwood attended and used it as an opportunity to see where things have got to since that last event 18 months ago. 

Microwork: Making money from mobiles

BBC News

Inspired, Bhalinge entered his idea into a competition called m2Work, an intitiative by the World Bank and mobile phone maker Nokia. The project aims to find “models that no one in the microwork industry, or even our own experts, had thought of yet," according to the World Bank’s Toni Eliasz. 

Nairobi to host first Climate Change Innovation Center

Coastweek

Kenya will host the first Climate Change Innovation Center that will identify and help develop enterprises that facilitate growth of the green economy as part of global efforts to reduce emission of harmful gases that cause global warming. 

Nokia, CapGemini, infoDev kick off Innovation Africa Summit in Kenya

WorldStage

About 200 African top policy makers, developers, entrepreneurs and private enterprises are currently engaged in a three day intense debate at the Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS) held in Nairobi, Kenya from May 28-30,2012. 

Summit to encourage ICT development and innovation

IT News Africa

This year’s OIAS – the second of its kind – is organised by Nokia, CapGemini and infoDev, a technology, entrepreneurship and innovation program in the World Bank. 

Nokia set to host essential platform for Africa’s innovators

SpyGhana

The OIAS exists to stimulate discussion about the role of entrepreneurship, innovation and ICTs in Africa –not just among participants, but also virtually– and to explore the transformative innovations necessary to successfully address many of the challenges facing Africa today. 

Over 200 Africa’s delegates to converge in Nairobi for next week’s OIAS

Human IPO

Over 200 top policy makers, developers, entrepreneurs and private enterprises will converge in Nairobi next week for the second Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS). 

Africa’s top policy makers to meet in Kenya over innovation

Coastweek.com

More than 200 of Africa’s top policy makers, developers, entrepreneurs and private enterprises are due to meet in the Kenyan capital Nairobi next week to find ways to spur technological innovation in the continent. 

Smart Rickshaw mobile app wins Innovation Prize

Bihar Prabha

The competition organized by Nokia and infoDev, a World Bank innovation and technology entrepreneurship programme, drew a total of 939 ideas, 96 percent of which came from developing and emerging economies. 

Smart Rickshaw mobile app wins World Bank 'M2Work' innovation prize

Technoholik

India's Aadhar Bhalinge has won "m2Work", a World Bank-sponsored online challenge seeking the best ideas for spurring the job-creation potential of mobile phones. 

India's Aadhar Bhalinge is the winner of m2Work, a World Bank-sponsored online challenge

India Education Diary

The competition organized by Nokia and infoDev, a World Bank innovation and technology entrepreneurship program, drew a total of 939 ideas, 96% of which came from developing and emerging economies. m2Work, which stands for mobile microwork, aims to expand microwork to the 5 billion mobile phones in the developing world. 

India’s Aadhar Bhalinge is the winner of m2Work, a World Bank-sponsored online challenge

Orissa Diary

The competition organized by Nokia and infoDev, a World Bank innovation and technology entrepreneurship program, drew a total of 939 ideas, 96% of which came from developing and emerging economies. Read more...

Indian's 'Smart Rickshaw' mobile app wins innovation prize

NDTV Gadgets (Indo-Asian News Service)

India's Aadhar Bhalinge has won "m2Work", a World Bank-sponsored online challenge seeking the best ideas for spurring the job-creation potential of mobile phones. 

Armenia ranks 2nd at International M2Work contest

NEWS.am

Adhar Bhalinge from India won a $20,000 grand prize during the M2Work international online contest which is sponsored by the World Bank and aims to find the best ideas for stimulating the potential of creating working places through mobile phones. 

[RUSSIAN] Армянин занял второе место в международном конкурсе микроработ «M2Work»

yerkramas.org
Адхар Бхалинге из Индии стал обладателем гран-при в размере $20 тыс. в международном конкурсе микроработ «M2Work», поддерживаемом Всемирным банком, цель которого – найти лучшие идеи для стимулирования потенциала создания рабочих мест через мобильные телефоны. Интернет-соревнование, организованное «Nokia» и «infoDev», привлекло в общей сложности 939 идей, 96% которых поступило из развивающихся стран. 

Hon. Ndiritu becomes Nokia/infoDev 2012 public leader nominee

Laikipia West Constituency

This year the Nokia, infoDev and Capgemini will be organizing the second Open Innovation Africa Summit (OIAS²) between 28th and 30th of May 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya at Safari Park and its profound debates and thought-leader presentations will help to shape the future of the African innovation society. 

New partnership to promote innovation, entrepreneurship in Africa

Ghana Business News

The US Department of State, US Agency for International Development (USAID), the African Development Bank (AfDB), Microsoft, Nokia, infoDev, DEMO, and the World Economic Forum have launched a new partnership to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. 

LED bulbs, potted plants and electric cars - the story of climate innovation in Vietnam

blogs.worldbank.org

Quang is an ideal beneficiary of infoDev’s Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Vietnam. The technology commercialization and venture financing services provided by the CIC would be crucial to get this relatively simple, but impactful climate adaptation solution marketable and into production. 

Kopo Kopo grows out of incubation at m:lab East Africa

PivotEast

For Kopo Kopo Inc, a Nairobi-based mobile payment services startup, growth could not have been more rapid over the last 12 months. In August 2010, the company was formed, setting up base at the iHub co-working space in Nairobi beginning in early 2011. 

New partnership launched to spur entrepreneurship in Africa

African Manager

High-level representatives from the African Development Bank, the US Department of State, US Agency for International Development, Microsoft, Nokia, infoDev, DEMO, and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Friday launched a new partnership to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Innovation Focus of Africa Economic Forum

AllAfrica.com

The World Economic Forum on Africa kicked off on Thursday with the launch of a new partnership to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the continent. The partnership involved high-level representatives from the US Department of State, USAID, African Development Bank, Microsoft, Nokia, World Bank grant programme infoDev, and the World Economic Forum. 

AFRICA: New innovation partnership

Xperedon Charity News

African Development Bank, Microsoft, Nokia, infoDev, DEMO and the World Economic Forum have launched the LIONS@FRICA partnership that is hoping to promote a new phase of innovation and free enterprise in Africa. 

mLab team won first place at Imagine Cup Armenia 2012

mLab ECA

1st award: mLab team with its drinking water quality test project, which allows every mobile user to check the quality of drinking water, retrive statistical data on the level of pollution, and make the data available to other users worldwide. 

Tanzania to participate in e-learning forum

IPP Media

Theophilus Mlaki, who is ICT consultant and national coordinator of Swedish Programme for ICT for Developing Countries (SPIDER) and chairman of the Board of the Dar es Salaam ICT Incubator supported by the World Bank under the infoDev Programme, has been an active player in ICT and an advocate of using technologies for development, including what TaGLA is doing. 

Killing off cash

Telecoms.com

In a report by the World Bank’s infoDev unit in 2011 (Knowledge Map of the Virtual Economy), researchers estimate 75 per cent of all virtual goods sales globally are from gold farmers and the industry brought in something like $3bn in 2009. 

Women Entrepreneurs Network Caribbean launched from Clinton Initiative

The Jamaica Gleaner

The Women Entrepreneurs Network Caribbean (WEN Caribbean) was launched in Washington DC, on March 13 at the close of the Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs Forum, an event that saw 22 leading women entrepreneurs from 10 Caribbean countries attending the two-day event. The forum arose from the Global Women's Issues Initiative led by United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

USAID and m:Lab rally pushes for phone-based farming apps

HumanIPO

USAID and m:Lab East Africa late last February started a focus group dubbed Wireless Wednesdays to bring farmers and IT developers together in a setting that would push for innovation of agricultural-specific phone-based solutions in the country. 

Powering tomorrow's minds

ITWeb

Leveraging ICT to help rural communities get a leg up into the developed world has long been a goal of governments and organisations. A working paper from World Bank grant programme infoDev, for example, points out that ICTs are 'infrastructural technologies', in that their impact has been as strong and widespread as electricity and transportation. 

Regional businesswomen receive support from US

Trinidad Guardian

Presentations were made by World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, infoDev, International Finance Corporation, Weconnect International and the US... Read more.

The apps have it

ITWeb

A joint initiative between the Department of Science and Technology, infoDev, Nokia and Finland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs aims to train and build the... Read more.

mLab gets Sh1.31 billion financial boost

Business Daily Africa

The Finnish government and Nokia have partnered through infoDev, a programme within the World Bank Group which works to promote technological innovation and entrepreneurship to create opportunities for growth, job creation and poverty reduction.


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