Last week was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Each year, the World Bank recognizes women who have made an impact in their communities. This year two of our young Senegalese entreprenuer women caught the World Bank’s attention for their innovative thinking.
Kate Mahugu, cofounder of Shopsoko made quite an impression when she was in Washington, DC for our 2013 Mobile Startup Camp. She not only impressed infoDev but has caught the attention of global corporations and well-established organizations. There's no stopping her as she's determined to let others know about local artisans in developing countries.
infoDev’s latest Annual Report highlights all the projects and activities implemented to support the high-growth oriented entrepreneur and the innovative enterprise. These are the ones who can scale up, create jobs, and positively impact their communities. Thanks to generous donor contributions and effective collaboration with the World Bank Group, over the past two years, infoDev has seen a tremendous expansion in operations, into more than 100 countries.
infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) conducted its first high-level forum for policymakers and other innovation ecosystem stakeholders in the Caribbean last week. Twenty-seven participants from 11 Caribbean countries took part in the three-day forum, which was designed to increase their understanding and know-how of the business incubation process.
Following a recent focus group organized by infoDev, ccHub, and Afrilabs, infoDev is working with African women in technology to establish a Women Innovators Network in Africa (WINA).
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.
Every day, innovative women entrepreneurs are emerging throughout the developing world. These women are spearheading companies, creating jobs, and driving the charge toward gender equality.
infoDev is on the ground in East London, South Africa gearing up for its 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Organized with the South African Department of Science and Technology, the 3-day Forum kicks off next week.