infoDev's mInnovation Concept for the Caribbean

infoDev's mInnovation Concept for the Caribbean

Key Stakeholder workshop on June 20 will gather feedback for mobile innovation model
infoDev, a division of the World Bank that supports entrepreneurship and innovation around the world, is beginning the seven-year EPIC program to expand entrepreneurship and business incubation in the Caribbean. One of the industries which we will assist is the mobile innovation sector.

infoDev has pioneered a leading global mobile innovation (mInnovation) program to support mobile application and service entrepreneurs. This is done primarily through mHubs and mLabs - specialized places where mobile entrepreneurs and developers can receive mentoring, networking opportunities, access to finance, and shared business support services (see for more information). infoDev is also piloting virtual incubation models, which are particularly relevant in regional programs.

infoDev has developed a preliminary mInnovation model, explaining its vision how mobile application entrepreneurs, and developers can be supported across the Caribbean region. This was based on the first phase of the EPIC project, during which infoDev met a range of stakeholders across the region and completed a needs and feasibility assessment.

This workshop will serve to present the preliminary mobile innovation model to local stakeholders and open it up for feedback. The feedback will then be used to refine the model and to write a comprehensive business plan for regional mobile incubation facilities initially funded by infoDev, to be implemented towards the end of the year.

A multi-disciplinary group of about 25 key stakeholders will be convened. In the opening session, we will present the findings from a needs and feasibility study for business incubation in the Caribbean. We will go on to present infoDev’s mInnovation model. In the afternoon session, the participants will be invited to break-up into small groups for in-depth discussion and preparation of core feedback and critique.

The expected outcome for the event is a comprehensive list of critiques and suggestions for refinements of the model, as well as endorsement of its fundamental assumptions by participating stakeholders.


Please register for the event on eventbrite here.



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Workshop Material

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Morning Session – Presentation of Findings & infoDev’s mInnovation Model


Registration and Coffee


Welcome & Opening Remarks

World Bank Country representative, tbd


Mobile Innovation in the Caribbean

Presentation & discussion, Toni Eliasz, Mobile Innovation Task Manager at infoDev


Coffee/tea break


Enabling Mobile Innovation across the Caribbean Region

infoDev’s Preliminary mInnovation Model

Presentation & discussion, Toni Eliasz


What's Happening Now? Digital Jam 2.0

Fabio Pittaluga, Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank



Afternoon Session – Feedback Sessions


Intense feedback session 1 – Islands

Discussion in groups, followed by 3 minute lightning talks from each group 

“Does infoDev’s mInnovation model work for my island?”


Intense feedback session 2 – Stakeholder groups

Discussion in groups, followed by 3 minute lightning talks from each group 

 “Does infoDev’s mInnovation model work for stakeholders like me?”


Coffee/tea break


Deep Dive: Key Lessons from Feedback Sessions

Plenary discussion

Critique and suggestions for the model, optional: endorsement of the model


Way Forward

Stakeholder involvement in the business planning process including surveys


Closing remarks & thank you



Dinner & Refreshments will be served

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