Media Coverage

Media Coverage

The Latest News on infoDev's Programs and Partners

Ashesi Engages Industry Professionals in Design of GCIC Curriculum

Ashesi University
10 March 2016

"Faculty and staff from Ashesi engaged with a cross section of professionals from the finance and investment sectors in Ghana to brainstorm curriculum formats for the Ghana Climate Innovation Center."

Five African Startups Chosen to Advance to Global Finals in the 1776 Challenge Cup Competition

18 February 2016

"... 1776, iHub and Nairobi Garage, in collaboration with World Bank’s network of Climate Innovation Centers, announced the five winners from the Nairobi Challenge Cup Regional Finals. These startups, chosen from hundreds of competitors from cities across the region, now move on to represent their countries on the worldwide stage at the Challenge Cup Global Finals in Washington, D.C., taking place in June."

Thika Briquettes Firm Gets Sh110m Boost for Expansion

SME Digest
11 February 2016

"Global Supply Solutions, a Kenyan renewable energy company that produces charcoal briquettes from pineapple plant waste, has signed a Sh110 million ($1.1 million) funding from ICDC to finance expansion of its Thika-based factory. [...] GSS has also signed a partnership deal with the Kenya Climate Innovation Center, which helps in technical support in areas of patenting and laboratory testing."

1776 Convenes Partners From Around the World for Challenge Cup 2016

6 January 2016

"... 1776, together with Revolution and Global Entrepreneurship Network, announced a diverse collection of global- and local-focused partners for the 2016 Challenge Cup program. The partners, ranging from the World Bank Group to major corporations and local governments, join 1776 to span the globe searching for startups developing highly scalable companies that tackle our world’s greatest challenges."

Six Things You Need to Know About Crowdfunding in Developing Countries

Crowdfund Insider
15 December 2015

"... [M]any African entrepreneurs are paving the way for crowdfunding by experimenting with different online platforms, testing new techniques, and adapting models to developing markets. The new World Bank Group study Crowdfunding in Emerging Markets: Lessons from East African Startups captured and analyzed what these first crowdfunding adopters have learned through their innovative campaigns in East Africa."

World Bank Programme to Make 100 Firms Investment-Ready

Jamaica Observer
11 December 2015

"... [T]he World Bank Group’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) [is] a seven-year, $20 million programme funded by the Government of Canada. [...] Ganesh Rasagam, speaking with the Jamaica Observer, said that strengthening the capacity of 100 entrepreneurs, including at least 30 female entrepreneurs, was priority under the programme."

UWI Consulting Appoints Mobile App Hubs Across the Caribbean

Loop Jamaica
3 December 2015

"The University of the West Indies-owned UWI Consulting, through the Caribbean Mobile Innovation Project/PitchIT Caribbean, appointed mobile hubs (mHubs) in three countries across the Caribbean to serve the fast-growing mobile app development community."

USAID and Partners Announce Winners of Agriculture Innovation Competition

20 November 2015

USAID and partners announced the 13 finalists of its "Powering Agriculture" challenge, a competition for the development and expansion of clean energy technologies that enable farmers and agribusinesses to increase food production and the value of agricultural goods, while bolstering low carbon economic growth. Three Kenya Climate Innovation Center clients—KickStart International, SunCulture, and Futurepump Ltd.—were among the finalists.

AgroCentral: First of Jamaican Teams to Visit Devlabs

22 October 2015

Jermaine Henry is a co-founder of AgroCentral, a mobile platform for communication between buyers and sellers of agricultural products. He was selected to receive product development and customer development support from Devlabs, a business incubator and venture capital firm based in Oakland, California.

AgroCentral previously participated in infoDev's mobile bootcamp and investment simulation.

Jamaican Techpreneurs Head to Slush 2015 in Finland

Jamaica Observer
16 October 2015

"Despite the limited resources and the small geographic and population size of Jamaica, Robert Whitehorne, project manager for PitchIT Caribbean, is hoping that the country will announce its arrival to the worldwide app-developing industry next month in Finland at the Slush 2015 Global Impact Accelerator."

"Three Jamaican teams will be flying to Finland—AgroCentral, Jamaica's first digital agricultural clearing house utilising web and mobile services to connect farmers and businesses; NiriTech, which focuses on creating a virtual learning environment in several CSEC and CAPE subjects; and Transcel, a government-backed mobile money product that allows person-to-person and person-to-institution money transfers."

They Call it 'Silicon Savannah': What an East African Nation Teaches About Innovation

Mail & Guardian Africa
14 September 2015

"How did a country that less than 20 years ago was struggling from the downside structural programmes, a high risk profile and weak infrastructure transform into an ideas hub and earn itself the moniker 'Silicon Savannah'?"

"Strauss Energy is offering integrated solar panels as a roofing solution. [...] Strauss Energy was incubated at the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre, one of the many hubs in the city that offer working space and financial support to entrepreneurs."

Elizabeth Gould, Derrick Kotze on the Need to Catalyse Collaboration in Africa

26 August 2015

Derrick Kotze, CEO of mLab South Africa, and Elizabeth Gould, CEO of programming academy CodeX, shared their insights on creating environments that empower South African developers and entrepreneurs. They also spoke about diversity in tech, encouraging women to code, and the future of tech innovation in Africa.

10 C’bean Companies Selected for Canadian Funded Project

Jamaica Observer
5 June 2015

"Accelerate Caribbean, designed by infoDev of the World Bank Group as part of its Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), said following a five week competition and rigorous selection process, it had chosen the companies from Barbados, Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname and St Vincent and the Grenadines that will participate in its Business Incubation Clinic during 2015-2016."

Angel Investing in Africa Summit Eyes New Generation Of African Entrepreneurs

AFK Insider
7 May 2015

"The African Business Angel Network was formed following the 2014 Investor Summit at DEMO Africa, VC4Africa reports. Experts from InfoDev, the WorldBank, and African Development Bank are expected to attend. Ingressive is leading a delegation of U.S. investors to the summit. The European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and Early Stage Market Players is also expected to attend."

Woman's Work: Birthing Caribbean Entrepreneurs

Guardian Trinidad and Tobago
28 April 2015

"The ladies gathered to share experiences and build strategies for future collaboration. Besides their Caribbean heritage and passion for productivity, these go-getters had something else in common. Each had been competitively selected to take part in the first-ever facilitators training for the Women's Innovation Network of the Caribbean (WINC) program. The initiative is a World Bank project to support woman entrepreneurs in the region. It is funded via the Canada Development Bank."

Angels to Fund First Five Companies Shortly

Jamaica Observer
1 April 2015

"Angel investors are contemplating pumping funds into five companies at roughly US$100,000 (J$11.5 m) each, according to Nelson Gray, World Bank consultant charged with developing an angel network across the Caribbean. Gray, a UK accountant and serial investor, came to the Caribbean last September hired by InfoDev, the grant arm of the World Bank, to develop an angel investor network across the Caribbean."

South Africa CIC Inaugural Conference: Launch of CIC Global Network

March 2015

Ghana CIC Clean Tech Bootcamp

March 2015

Local Software Developers Ready for DevCa 2015

Jamaica Observer
4 March 2015

"Twenty-five local software developers are primed and ready to create products for local and regional markets following participation in a two-day bootcamp hosted by Caribbean Mobile Innovation Programme (CMIP) and Developing the Caribbean (DevCa), a regional technology development conference and Code Sprint scheduled for Tomorrow and Friday at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona."

Kenya ClC Crowdfunding Pilot

February 2015

"Building Green Industries" Report

September 2014

Today Marks a Major Step Forward for Venture Capital in Jamaica

Jamaica Observer
19 September 2014

"...a major step forward for venture capital in Jamaica, as a number of leading conglomerates are expected to respond to the Development Bank of Jamaica's call for proposals to manage venture capital funds. [...] Nelson Grey represented the World Bank's Infodev programme designed to help create an angel investment community here in Jamaica."

Road to Success: Futuristic Business

Rich Productions LTD
14 April 2014

Ernest Chitechi, business consultant for the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), talks about innovation, climate technology, and the catalyzing role of the Kenya CIC on the TV show "Road to Success."

Road to Success: Hydroponics

Rich Productions LTD
11 April 2014

The television show "Road to Success" dedicated a full episode to Kenya CIC client Peter Chege and his revolutionary hydroponics farming system.

Entrepreneur Develops App to Bust Ghost Workers and Manage Staff

Business Daily
5 March 2014

"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 startup, Ukall, says the application allows users to report on their daily activities and receive important information using a mobile phone."

15 African Technology Startups to Watch in 2014

3 November 2014

"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
15 December 2013

"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."

Media Coverage of Kopo Kopo's $2.6m Series A Funding Round

November 2013

Petropolis Now: Are Cities Getting Too Big?

New Statesman
14 November 2013

"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
29 October 2013

"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."

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

PR Newswire
21 March 2013

"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."

Kenyan Women Create Their Own 'Geek Culture'

24 December 2012

"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."

Kenya's Mobile Telephones: Vital for the Poor

The Economist
10 November 2012

"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
18 October 2012

"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."

Want to Graduate? First, Create a Company

The New York Times
28 July 2012

"'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 managed infoDev's mHub and virtual incubation project in Vietnam.

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