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.
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.
Wondering how climate tech entrepreneurs in developing countries are taking their ideas from mind to market? Watch this animation and see how infoDev's Climate Technology Program supports the growth of small and medium-sized businesses that are creating jobs while building resilience to climate change. To learn more, subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch more videos on climate technology entrepreneurs!
Jermaine Henry and Janice McLeod, two young Jamaican application developers know that local farmers who cultivate top-quality produce often have a hard time selling their entire crop due to their lack of direct access to the market, and always have to handle the consequent spoilage. To solve the problem, they devised AgroCentral, a mobile application that will serve as Jamaica’s first digital agricultural clearinghouse.
In July 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC), a project of the World Bank Group and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev announced the 11 winners of its first regional Proof of Concept (PoC) competition. Below are stories from 5 winners of the competition who developed sustainable energy solutions with scientific innovation.
Much of the emphasis on climate change has been on urging countries to act to avoid environmental catastrophe. This new report, “Building Competitive Green Industries: the Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries”, frames responding to climate change as an extraordinary economic opportunity, particularly in developing countries.