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infoDev debuts a new study on the state of financing for highly innovative, high growth start-ups (HI start-ups) in Vietnam, Cambodia and Nepal. The study provides a critical knowledgebase on the landscape in financing in these countries, details major gaps and associated barriers faced by these enterprises in accessing finance and offers recommendations to reduce the associated impediments.
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With funding from the government of Finland’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs (FORMIN), infoDev, a global program under the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice launched the Mekong Women’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (MWEC) to facilitate the expansion of women-owned businesses in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Cambodia, and Vietnam. The Challenge provides the necessary tools to improve and grow women-led businesses through innovation, creativity, peer-learning, and one-on-one support.
The report Growing Women-led Enterprises in the Mekong: Testing a Methodology for Accelerating Growth is a knowledge product that discusses the design, outcomes, and lessons of MWEC and provides a few preliminary recommendations for the design of future programs targeting the growth of women-owned enterprises.
- Mobile at the Base of the Pyramid - Summary Report (PDF: 3,426KB)
- Ghana Case Study (PDF: 4,632KB)
- Nigeria Case Study (PDF: 2,901KB)
- Mozambique Case Study (PDF: 1,707KB)
- Zambia Case Study (PDF: 2,777KB)
This set of reports assesses existing mobile application (app) business models targeted at, or suitable for, people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). The reports address specific pain points for app developers and provide practical, actionable advice. Their recommendations are specific to each of the four countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Zambia.
- Reaching Entrepreneurs through Alternate Models (PDF: 1,826KB)
infoDev launches a new report on lessons learned from a virtual incubation pilot in Vietnam. Virtual incubation aims to bring services and tools provided by traditional business incubation to the entrepreneur, in contrast to the entrepreneur availing those services and tools at a fixed location. In addition, understanding that an entrepreneur has varying needs, virtual incubation provides a more diverse range of these services and tools. This includes outreach services, drop-in services and facilities, online tools, consultancy, mentoring, and networking. The pilot project focused on Vietnam and aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and impact of services and tools provided to entrepreneurs through this intervention.
- The Agribusiness Innovation Center of Mozambique (PDF: 24,772KB)
- Brazil Case study (PDF: 1,795KB)
- Chile Case study (PDF: 867KB)
- India Case study (PDF: 667KB)
- Malaysia Case study (PDF: 689KB)
- Mexico Case study (PDF: 648KB)
- Mozambique Case study (PDF: 690KB)
- Timbali Case study (PDF: 636KB)
- Uganda Case study (PDF: 690KB)
- India Case study (PDF: 806KB)
- Indonesia Case study (PDF: 648KB)
- Agribusiness Incubation Training Outcome Assessment (PDF: 7,246KB)
infoDev publishes a new report that analyzes the effects of the delivery of its Agribusiness Incubation training module to a total of 149 people from 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. The delivery of the training has proven successful in conveying the fundamentals of agribusiness innovation, as well as exposing trainees to the variety of business models that exist and can be explored. Participants emphasized the acquired knowledge on value chains and how this understanding transformed their activities inside their organizations.
[Download reduced size version] infoDev currently supports four mLabs and eight mHubs in eleven countries across East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus (ECA). The findings in this report will be useful primarily to current and future managers, consortium organizations, and funders of mLabs and mHubs.
La Banque Mondiale appuie, à travers infoDev, l’établissement de Centres d'Innovation Climatiques (CICs) dans un certain nombre de pays en développement. Ces CICs fournissent une approche innovante en matière de lutte contre le changement climatique en aidant ces pays à atteindre une croissance verte pérenne et créatrice d’ emplois dans de nouvelles filières. Chaque centre offre aux entreprises locales des financements à des stades précoces et d'autres services pour leur permettre de développer de façon proactive et profitable des solutions innovantes de technologies climatiques qui répondent aux besoins locaux. Cela permet à ces pays de relever le défi du changement climatique mais aussi de connaitre un développement économique, une création d'emplois et une amélioration de leur compétitivité industrielle. Le Maroc est le premier pays de la région MENA ou un CIC est prévu.
On Monday, March 10, infoDev held 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 explored how to successfully encourage and support emerging startups and innovative entrepreneurs in developing countries.