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.
March 27 will mark the official launch of the Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC), a new business hub designed to support local clean energy and climate technology ventures and create green jobs in the region.
The Kenya Climate Innovation Center identifies and supports groundbreaking technologies and innovative business models that can turn climate challenges into opportunities for sustainable growth. It is the first of its kind in the world and in December, a little over a year after its launch, it was time to take stock of its main successes, challenges and lessons learned.
infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the
Caribbean (EPIC) is a seven year $20M program funded
by the Government of Canada that seeks to build an
enabling ecosystem to foster high-growth and sustainable
enterprises throughout the Caribbean. EPIC has three
core activity pillars: mobile innovation, climate
technology, and women-led entrepreneurship. These
pillars are complemented by an access to finance facility
for Caribbean entrepreneurs, and a skills upgrading and
capacity development program for all ecosystem stakeholders. These stakeholders include entrepreneurs, incubation practitioners, policy makers, universities, risk capital financiers, and other private sector partners. Learn more...
Digital jamming to the tune of a tech-biz future
6 March 2014
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. Read more...
“Oscars” for the “Digital Jam 3.0 Mobile Apps” Competition announced
3 March 2014
While several films competed for the Oscars in Hollywood, "Crimebot" a mobile App to map crime hotspots and notify users of crimes happening nearby, won the Grand Prize at the Digital Jam 3.0 competition. "Crimebot" was one of 160 finalists from the Caribbean region that were celebrated last night at the closure of "Get up, Start-up" conference in Kingston. Read more...
Caribbean Climate Innovation Center launches in Trinidad
28 January 2014
The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center
(CCIC)—a hub designed to help clean
technology ventures transform the region to a
low-carbon economy and create green jobs—
has launched in Freeport, Trinidad & Tobago.
The business hub is now accepting applications
for grants of up to $50,000. Read more...
Diaspora Investing: The Business and Investment Interests of the Caribbean Diaspora
12 December 2013
A new report by infoDev finds that the
Caribbean diaspora is a sizeable, well-
educated, and affluent demographic whose
large majority is interested in investing in its
countries of origin. Supported by the right
incentives and policies, diaspora members
could play an even larger role in contributing
to the region’s development. Read more...
Digital Jam goes regional
26 November 2013
Digital Jam 3.0 “Caribbean Edition”,
which builds on the success of last year’s
Digital Jam 2.0, has announced the opening
of its new App competition and a series of
hands-on training and workshops to link
Caribbean youth with digital work opportunities
around the globe. Read an article about the
launch, or view the press release.
A mobile app that could save your life in a hurricane
7 November 2013
A Trinidad and Tobago duo won $10,000 in
funding and mentoring for an app to help relief
efforts following natural disasters. The award
was won through the VentureOut Challenge, a
competition that aims to promote international
technical collaboration and innovation. Read
Enhancing the innovation ecosystem in the Caribbean
10 October 2013
The 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 eleven Caribbean countries took part in the
three-day forum, which was designed to increase their understanding and know-how of the business incubation process. Read more...
VentureOut announces three finalists from Caribbean
1 October 2013
Three Caribbean startups have been selected by the VentureOut Challenge—an initiative of infoDev and CRDF Global—to compete before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts in Chisinau, Moldova on November 1, 2013. The VentureOut initiative brings infoDev's global network of business incubators to help mobile app entrepreneurs to expand internationally. Read more...
An EPIC week for Caribbean women entrepreneurs
26 September 2013
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 in September, the
workshops were designed to encourage
creativity and innovation, and strengthen
entrepreneur networks. Read more...
On Monday, March 10, infoDev will hold a workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship promotion. Building on the insights and lessons learned from the three-year partnership program between infoDev, Nokia, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the workshop will explore how to successfully encourage and support emerging startups and innovative entrepreneurs in developing countries.
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 in partnership with the United Kingdom’s UKAid and India’s National Science, Technology and Development Board (NSTEDB) is launching a Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in India. The ICIC business plan was finalized in 2011 after an eight-month development phase involving over 300 local stakeholders. Through infoDev’s Climate Technology Program, the CIC will connect and collaborate globally with centers in Kenya, Ethiopia, Vietnam, India, South Africa, Morocco, Ghana and the Caribbean. Each CIC targets local market failures to accelerate the growth of competitive, innovative climate (clean) technology enterprises.
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.