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 releases a new report detailing lessons learned through its support of Mobile Application Laboratories (mLabs) and Mobile Social Networking Hubs (mHubs). The findings in this report will be useful primarily to current and future managers, consortium organizations, and funders of mLabs and mHubs.
The chief resource available on the former iDISC.net, the Business Incubation Toolkit is the world's one-stop shop for know-how on business incubation, a step-by-step guide for incubation managers along the entire journey of launching a business enabler, securing funding, finding partners, attracting innovators, connecting them with investors, and more.
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.
Press Release: African mAgri Challenge winners compete this week with top entrepreneurs in World Bank-based pitching contest
Washington D.C., 14 November 2013 - Two apps from Kenya, one from Senegal, and one from Ghana are the winners of the 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.
“Africa as a geographic space is a hotbed for innovation right now. Never before have we seen so many people pick up the entrepreneurial challenge,” said Ben White, opening speaker on Day 3 of infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp.
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.
infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp has almost arrived! Designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage mobile entrepreneurs from emerging and frontier markets, the five-day program of lectures and hands-on workshops will provide participants with an opportunity to refine their product strategies, business models and marketing pitches, sharpen their negotiating skills, and network with investors and peers. The week’s activities will also include a Demo Day–a pitching competition before a panel of industry experts and angel investors.