infoDev debuts a new study on the state of financing for highly innovative, high growth start-ups (HI start-ups) in Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal. The study provides a critical knowledgebase on the landscape in financing in these countries, details major gaps and associated barriers faced by these enterprises in accessing finance and offers recommendations to reduce the associated impediments.
Trendy jewelry made in African slums goes international: A Kenyan Startup company has used mobile technology to link local artisans with global markets. The company, founded and managed by women, distributes some of Africa's coolest fashion items via Internet.
This past May was a busy month for the Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC). From hosting learning events to signing international partnerships, the Kenya CIC continues to strive to better serve its clients by building strategic partnerships and inviting insightful speakers. Learn more from KCIC's e-Alert.
This report is an assessment of the overall effects of infoDev’s mobile application labs (mLabs). mLabs are specialized mobile business incubation and acceleration facilities offering physical workspace, mentoring and coaching, devices for mobile application testing, training, and startup competitions.
infoDev publishes a new study that assesses the mobile applications sector in Afghanistan. Afghanistan has witnessed extraordinary growth in the ICT and mobile sectors, with increasing private sector investments, a growing user population in terms of devices and services and a government that actively supports and promotes the industry.
In Ethiopia, one company is gaining momentum on the path towards green growth. Alphasol Energy, an Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) client, has developed several effective ways to unleash the country’s green potential. Alphasol Energy, an Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC) client, offers integrated, locally relevant clean energy solutions that combine micro-hydropower, biofuels, and solar power. With each micro-hydropower project, Alphosol is able to generate enough energy to power schools, churches, and up to 40 local households.
infoDev's agribusiness innovation project presents lessons learned from 10 case studies of agribusiness incubators in low and middle income countries, including Brazil, Chile, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Timbali, Uganda, India, and Indonesia. These case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned from across the globe for developing and sustaining agribusiness incubators.
Akirachix is a social startup. Formed by a core team of eight entrepreneurs, of which seven are women, it develops its work with the support of a large number of volunteers who provide mentoring to new students. In many cases, these volunteers are former recipients of training courses. Akirachix has also developed a strong network of key partners such as iHub, Google Rise, Computer Aid, Seneca Group, and infoDev, who support the organization in a number of ways. Akirachix originally benefited from an infoDev grant and a sponsorship from Google Rise, and the startup still mainly relies on grants and external support.
infoDev's new Guide for Creating Your Own Angel Investor Group aims to educate entrepreneurs and angels from around the globe. It offers hands-on examples, such as financial worksheets, application forms, term sheets, contracts, and checklists that may be used as templates. The publication is a substantial update of the original Kauffman Foundation’s 2004 guidebook, which targeted a U.S. audience. This international edition is written specifically for newcomers to angel investing, and highlights the successes and challenges of angel groups in emerging and frontier markets.
infoDev publishes a new report that analyzes the effects of the delivery of its Agribusiness Incubation training module to a total of 149 people from 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. The delivery of the training has proven successful in conveying the fundamentals of agribusiness innovation, as well as exposing trainees to the variety of business models that exist and can be explored. Participants emphasized the acquired knowledge on value chains and how this understanding transformed their activities inside their organizations. Download full report here.