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.
Caribbean students and techies descended on the headquarters of the University of the West Indies at Mona for Digital Jam 3.0 ‘Get Up, Start Up,’ on March 1-2. The juried Mobile Apps competition was the culmination of months of preparation by more than 50 teams of young programmers competing for an assortment of prizes, including a top prize of USD10,000.
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.
m:lab East Africa—the Nairobi-based mobile innovation hub supported by infoDev—is one of seven organizations to win a grant from the Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF). The fund is awarded to organizations that support social and impact enterprises with a focus on creating sustainable impacts for underserved communities.
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.
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.
Mobile entrepreneur Gilbert Mwiinga has released Constitution App, an ingenious tool that lets Zambian citizens participate in the country’s ongoing constitution-drafting process—effectively allowing almost any Zambian adult to help forge the nation.