Request for Expressions of Interest: Grant award to strengthen innovative early-stage enterprises through scaling up existing Business Incubators in Belarus

Request for Expressions of Interest: Grant award to strengthen innovative early-stage enterprises through scaling up existing Business Incubators in Belarus

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infoDev is looking to identify a business incubator or organization that supports early-stage enterprises, to create a targeted activity or set of activities that accelerates the development of growth-oriented growth oriented innovative early-stage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a holistic, market-driven service offering; that enables the business incubator to reach significant scale and financial sustainability; and that provides an effective model for accelerating the development of growth-oriented SMEs that potentially can be disseminated and replicated by other business incubators or organizations in Belarus.

 infoDev is a Global Partnership Program, coordinated and served by an expert Secretariat housed in the Finance and Private Sector Vice Presidency (FPDVPU) of the World Bank Group. Its strategic goal is to promote the growth of technology enterprises to enhance sustainable inclusive growth, competiveness, and jobs. Today, infoDev serves a global network of 300 business incubators in 87 countries, and it has extensive experience in business incubation, as well as in the policy and financing challenges related to innovative enterprise growth. infoDev has established a partnership with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Government of Finland and Nokia to undertake a joint program on Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy  that will run from 2010 – 2012.

This request for expressions of interest (EOI) concerns Project ECA 3a of the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy program, on Country level assistance to create, scale and internationalize SMEs in the ECA region. In particular, infoDev, as the implementing agency for the program, is looking to identify business incubators that have demonstrated trade record in strengthening innovative early-stage enterprises, and that are ready to scale up to reach more SMEs and offer additional service offerings to incubators and/or graduates.

  1. The main aim of the project is to create a targeted activity or set of activities that:
    Accelerates the development of growth-oriented growth oriented innovative early-stage small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a holistic, market-driven service offering;
  2. Enables the business incubator to reach significant scale and financial sustainability;
  3. Provides an effective model for accelerating the development of growth-oriented SMEs that potentially can be disseminated and replicated by other business incubators or organizations in Belarus.

To respond to this request for EOI, please download the document below and send a Letter of Interest by email to Julia Brethenoux at jbrethenoux@worldbank.org, with a copy to info@infodev.org, no later than 11.59 pm EST on April 11, 2011. Please include "EOI ECA3a - Belarus" in the subject line.

REI ECA3a Belarus
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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