Caribbean stakehol...

Caribbean stakeholders endorse infoDev?s mobile innovation model

Upcoming online survey aims to expand, verify feedback
In late June, over 30 industry experts and regional stakeholders largely endorsed infoDev?s preliminary mobile innovation (mInnovation) model for the Caribbean at a workshop in Kingston, Jamaica. In particular, attendees commended the model?s emphasis on sustainability and its regional focus.

The model—the result of a previous market and feasibility assessment for infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC)—outlines an ambitious plan to spur the mobile innovation ecosystem to generate competitive startups across the region.

To source and support talent, the model will use training, prototyping, and coaching events, innovation challenges, and an annual pitching event leading to seed funding and additional incubation support.

Workshop participants also voiced suggestions to overcome the region’s unique challenges. For example, they noted that all incubation and community-building activities should be “as virtual as possible” to minimize cross-island travel.

In the coming weeks, infoDev will seek to test the workshop feedback through a short anonymous online survey. We encourage everyone with a stake in the Caribbean mobile innovation ecosystem to participate and to share with the community.

Take the survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EPICmInnovation

The findings from the workshop and survey will shape a business plan for mobile incubation and community-building facilities, initially supported through EPIC.

EPIC operations are scheduled to launch in early 2013, after a competitive selection process for local partner organizations.

For background material on the mInnovation component visit /EPICmInno


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