This report is an assessment of the overall effects of infoDev’s mobile application labs (mLabs). mLabs are specialized mobile business incubation and acceleration facilities offering physical workspace, mentoring and coaching, devices for mobile application testing, training, and startup competitions.
infoDev's new Guide for Creating Your Own Angel Investor Group aims to educate entrepreneurs and angels from around the globe. It offers hands-on examples, such as financial worksheets, application forms, term sheets, contracts, and checklists that may be used as templates. The publication is a substantial update of the original Kauffman Foundation’s 2004 guidebook, which targeted a U.S. audience. This international edition is written specifically for newcomers to angel investing, and highlights the successes and challenges of angel groups in emerging and frontier markets.
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 is seeking a short-term consultant to assist the Mobile Innovation Program team with particular focus on activities related to market assessments of mobile innovation ecosystems in Africa, and on the unique position of women entrepreneurs in the mobile industry. Applications due: September 30, 2013
"India has proposed the setting up of an international network of Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) which should act as vehicles for enhancing technology innovation and capacity building in developing countries. Each such center could focus on a key technological product that addresses climate change. The CICs in different countries may also cross-fertilize each other by sharing of 'learning-by-doing' experience."
Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India
Presentation given at packed World Bank and IFC brown-bag lunch session in April 2010 to provide update on the status of feasbility assesments of Climate Innovation Centers in India and Kenya.
India's Aadhar Bhalinge is the winner of the $20,000 grand prize of m2Work, a World Bank-sponsored online competition seeking the best ideas for spurring the job-creation potential of mobile phones. The online challenge, organized by Nokia and infoDev, drew a total of 939 ideas, 96% of which came from developing and emerging economies.
infoDev / The World Bank welcomed new financial support by the governments of Norway and The Netherlands to bolster innovative growth entrepreneurs in developing economies.