Fresh off a string of recent successes—being a VentureOut Challenge finalist, presenting at DEMOAfrica, pitching at the 1776 Challenge Cup Tour in Cape Town—GoMetro CEO Justin Coetzee chats with us about the evolving field of startups building smarter cities.
In a show of growing collaboration, the World Bank and South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to continued support for infoDev’s mLab Southern Africa and other initiatives for inclusive innovation and technology-based job creation.
A new report by infoDev extracts the lessons from the m2Work idea challenge and hackathon, which together served as the pilot for infoDev’s “From Mind to Market” approach to fostering mobile entrepreneurship.
The phenomenal growth of mobile communications in developing countries over the past ten years has been widely celebrated. There were more than 6.8 billion connections by the end of 2012, representing 3.2 billion subscribers. More than 650 million connections were in Africa alone. Networks across the world are being upgraded to higher speeds and capacities, and devices, too, are becoming more sophisticated. As such, calls and SMS are increasingly being augmented by more advanced apps and services.
To support mobile application development and help mobile startups leap from prototypes to profitable enterprises in Southern Africa,infoDev and the Southern Africa Innovation Support (SAIS) Program organized the Mobile Innovation Roadshow – a month-long pioneering initiative in mobile innovation in the countries of Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and Botswana.
The Forum is co-organized with the South African Department of Science and Technology. The event is expected to attract over 600 participants, ranging from entrepreneurs, business incubator managers, policy makers and government representatives, financiers, local and international media, and development agencies for a creative networking and knowledge-sharing experience.