Business incubation formally began in the US in the 1960s, and later developed in the UK and Europe through various related forms (eg. Innovation centres, technopoles/science parks). It is recognized as a way of meeting a variety of economic and socio-economic policy needs.
After Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's visit to five countries in the Sub-Saharan African region in January 2013, he wrote only words of optimism about the region and its burgeoning technology industry. During his trip to Kenya, Schmidt visited the country's first innovation center, iHub, and saw firsthand the role of incubators in the country's development.
On January 25, tech entrepreneurs in rural east Africa will have access to next-tier business incubation through a new pilot program by infoDev and a consortium of regional partners. The pilot will bring virtual incubation services to rural communities in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Cambodian women are increasingly challenging the traditional concept of "chebap srey" (literally "women rules," a set of limits on their role in Khmer society) by starting their own businesses. Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs (EME) has developed a two-pronged approach to help them overcome difficulties both cultural and financial.
infoDev's Climate Technology Program is proud to share its business plan for the launch of a Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Ethiopia. The business plan is the result of an 8-month market analysis which engaged over 100 local stakeholders; it also leverages other infoDev initiatives in women's entrepreneurship and agribusiness.
This training program is the first-of-its-kind, drawing from the lessons, models, and examples in business incubation from across infoDev's global network of business incubators. More than 30 experts contributed directly to the writing of the 12 training modules, and the materials were tested with more than 300 professionals in developing countries, all of whom provided inputs to the final design.
An infoDev team visited Phnom Penh on 18 November 2011 for the launch of the Emerging Markets Entrepreneurs (EME) business incubator, Cambodia's first experience with business incubation.
infoDev and the World Bank Group, along with the Vietnamese government, join forces to explore the Next Generation of Business Incubation in Vietnam, from 15 to 17 November 2011 in Hanoi. It will focus among others on the establishment of a climate technology center and how universities can play a role in business incubation.
Exploring the possibility of an ?Agribusiness Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center? (AIEC) in Senegal
infoDev is designing a new program to help facilitate the start-up and growth of innovative post-harvest agribusiness SMEs that specifically work with raw agricultural products in Senegal.