The Kenya Climate Innovation Center and Business Daily partnered up to organize the third edition of 'The Next Big Thing Competition,' an initiative created to identify emerging entrepreneurs and support their innovative business concepts through financial aid, networking opportunities, and mentorship.
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.
A new series of assessment studies by infoDev analyzes challenges and opportunities offered by the development of Agribusiness Innovation Centers (AIC) in Ethiopia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Senegal and Nepal.
Agro Serviços Lda, one of the agro-processing enterprises supported by infoDev, received the prize for most innovative company of the year in Mozambique. The company’s innovative products and original marketing strategy beat the competition of over 200 enterprises.
Owned and operated by Randa Filfili, Zena Exotic Fruits, is the first Senegalese jam producer exporting “niche” and natural products, such as cashew apple butter and baobab jam to markets in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
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.
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.
Two apps from Kenya, one from Senegal, and one from Ghana are the winners of this summer’s mAgri Challenge—a competition designed to identify entrepreneurs developing innovative mobile apps for agriculture and agribusiness in Africa, and to provide them with resources to grow their businesses.
As we approach the first anniversary of our Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC) later this month, we are reflecting on this year’s successes with profiles of entrepreneurs it has supported. This week in the spotlight, Eco Fuels Kenya, which is using the croton nut to locally produce clean energy and organic fertilizers.