At a series of highly interactive panels on November 18 and 19, infoDev staff showcased key outcomes of the last three years in mobile innovation and agribusiness entrepreneurship, led other practitioners in project design workshops, and outlined a vision for promoting innovation activities within the World Bank and beyond.
“Africa as a geographic space is a hotbed for innovation right now. Never before have we seen so many people pick up the entrepreneurial challenge,” said Ben White, opening speaker on Day 3 of infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp.
On November 18 and 19, infoDev will host a workshop to discuss how to successfully foster innovation and promote entrepreneurship in developing markets. Specifically, the two-day forum will explore the role of the development community in promoting start-ups and new ventures, the levels of risk associated with supporting innovation, and infoDev’s contribution to the World Bank Group’s strategies and operations in the mobile and agribusiness sectors — for more information on the workshop’s sessions, see the agenda below.
infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp has almost arrived! Designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage mobile entrepreneurs from emerging and frontier markets, the five-day program of lectures and hands-on workshops will provide participants with an opportunity to refine their product strategies, business models and marketing pitches, sharpen their negotiating skills, and network with investors and peers. The week’s activities will also include a Demo Day–a pitching competition before a panel of industry experts and angel investors.
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 latest report by infoDev, Crowdfunding’s Potential for the Developing World, finds that by leveraging technology, crowdfunding can serve as an enabling mechanism for new venture formation, job creation, and inclusive economic growth. This infographic highlights interesting facts and figures from the report.
A new report commissioned by infoDev studies the promise and the risks of crowdfunding as a tool to finance innovation and growth in developing countries. It also provides an in-depth case study of crowdfunding’s potential in funding clean energy and climate technologies.