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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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."
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."
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."
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
- Engineering News - "South Africa Climate Innovation Center kicks off its national program and joins the World Bank’s global network of innovation centers"
- IT Web - "South Africa gets Climate Innovation Centre"
Ghana CIC Clean Tech Bootcamp
- World Bank - World Bank-supported bootcamp jump-started the 20 most innovative green startups in Ghana
- VentureBurn - World Bank Climate Innovation Centre will support green startups in Ghana
- Disrupt Africa - Ghanaian startups take part in World Bank clean tech bootcamp
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
- Business Daily Africa - ‘Clean techpreneurs’ to benefit from crowdfunding support
- Venture Burn - World Bank launches initiative to crowdfund green startups in Kenya
- Business Today - World Bank’s innovation centre launches crowdfunding programme for SMEs
"Building Green Industries" Report
- HydroWorld – Oil Players looking to renewables http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/2014/10/oil-players-looking-to-renewables.html
- International Institute for Sustainable Development – World Bank Identifies Clean-Tech Market Opportunities for SMEs http://energy-l.iisd.org/news/world-bank-identifies-clean-tech-market-opportunities-for-smes/
- The Climate Group – Small and Medium-sized enterprises can unlock $1.6 trillion clean tech market in next 10 years http://www.theclimategroup.org/what-we-do/news-and-blogs/small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-can-generate-us16-trillion-in-next-10-years-through-cleantech/
- Carbon Trust – New report identifies $1.6 trillion market opportunity for small clean technology businesses in developing countries http://www.carbontrust.com/about-us/press/2014/09/new-report-identifies-major-clean-tech-market-opportunity-for-small-businesses-developing-countries
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."
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."
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.
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."
IPS - Inter Press Service
27 February 2014
"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."
12 February 2014
"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."
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."
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
- Venture financed Kopo Kopo paves the way for African based startups - VC4Africa
- Kopo Kopo: Building the “Square of Africa” amid terrorism, monopolists, and huge opportunity - PandoDaily
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."
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."
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."
24 January 2013
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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.