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'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.
The explosion of creative activity in smartphone and tablet applications continues to spread across the Caribbean, as budding technology entrepreneurs upgrade their skills and get ready for the world of business. With less than two weeks to go before the start of Digital Jam 3.0 "Caribbean Edition," mobile app competitors and their mentors are working feverishly to fine-tune and finish their entries on time for the March 1-2 event at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in Mona, Jamaica.
Forty-five innovative and growth-oriented women entrepreneurs from 12 islands attended infoDev’s first Grow your Business (GyB) workshops in the Caribbean. Held in Barbados and Jamaica over the past week, the workshops were designed to encourage creativity and innovation, and strengthen entrepreneur networks.
As part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), an infoDev program to support Caribbean entrepreneurs, two 3-day 'Grow your Business' workshops will be held in Barbados and Jamaica this September. This is part of EPIC's Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC), to support growth-oriented and innovative women entrepreneurs across the region.
This toolkit was made for managers of tech hubs. Dozens of tech hubs have emerged over the last few years across the globe. Managers of these innovation and entrepreneurship enablers grapple with problems that infoDev has experience with. This toolkit takes lessons that infoDev has gathered from its own tech hub pilots, mLabs and mHubs, and apply them to tech hubs in general.
Two mobile developer teams from Jamaica’s University of Technology copped the first and second prizes at a Caribbean CodeSprint/Hackathon held in Kingston, May 24-25. They walked away with winnings of US$250 and US$150 respectively.
The new infoDev study “Building Competitive Green Industries” estimates that over the next decade US$ 6.4 trillion will be invested to develop clean technologies in developing countries. Business Incubation Specialist Michael Ehst explains why 6.4 represents the key to a greener and more prosperous future for all of us.
By training innovative women entrepreneurs in the region, the initiative aims to support the growth of an enabling economic ecosystem for high-growth, sustainable businesses.
Wanting to go green in your business, but not knowing exactly how to do this? And does ‘going green’ mean running up the business operational costs?’ These were some of the issues addressed at the first open webinar organized by the Women Innovator Network in the Caribbean (WINC), an initiative of infoDev / World Bank Group and supported by the Government of Canada.