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.
infoDev works with business enablers all over the globe to help innovative small- and medium-sized enterprises grow and create sustainable jobs. As part of our effort, we have formed the infoDev Incubation Support Center (iDISC), a hub for incubator managers to share their resources, networks, and best practices. The result is a community-generated trove of knowledge that can serve as the basis for future incubation efforts.
Developing countries are increasingly embracing innovation and entrepreneurship as a key component of their social and economic development. To this end, business incubators and other types of business development service organizations are playing an important role in providing infrastructure, business advice and mentoring, networking, financing, and security to millions of business entrepreneurs in developing countries that otherwise wouldn?t have the resources to grow and scale up.
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.
infoDev's global good practices assessment, which was released today, presents lessons learned from 10 case studies of agribusiness incubators in low and middle income countries, including Brazil, Chile, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Timbali, Uganda, India, and Indonesia.
UPDATED (May 22, 2014): The full texts of the 10 case studies are now available for download. These case studies highlight best practices and lessons learned from across the globe for developing and sustaining agribusiness incubators.