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Sneak preview: infoDev September slam

Pilot programs lined up on climate, mobile, and women

The next few weeks will crown many months of work across the infoDev network. For the innovators we support, it will mean a slew of new opportunities available in areas such as clean tech and mobile app development. Here is a quick rundown of what to expect from us in the coming days.

  • The Mekong Women’s Entrepreneurship Challenge will hold its award ceremony on September 13. Since it launched on International Women’s Day, the competition has reached over 1,200 women entrepreneurs in Lao PDR, Cambodia, and Vietnam. They will vie for coveted entrepreneurship opportunities, such as US$2,000 cash prizes, access to 3-day business workshops, and VIP invitations to infoDev’s 5th Global Forum in South Africa in April 2013.
  • On September 15-16, the m2Work Hackathon will bring hundreds of entrepreneurs, app developers, and mobile insiders to build marketable prototypes at five locations around the world. If you’ve got an idea on how to create jobs that people can do on their mobile phones, share it and get involved on the official website, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hashtag #m2work).
  • The very next day, September 17, mLab East Asia will officially open its doors. It will give regional mobile startups access to incubation services in the model of mLab East Africa, mLab Southern Africa, and mLab ECA, which have turned out a number of successful mobile enterprises.
  • Then, on September 26, we’ll cut the ribbon on the Climate Technology Program with the launch of the world’s first Climate Innovation Center (CIC), in Nairobi, Kenya. The CIC will put a full incubation suite at the fingertips of regional entrepreneurs in clean technologies—micro-hydropower, bio energy, water sanitation, solar power, and more. In a first for infoDev, the CIC will operate as an “accelerator,” combining incubation and financing.

We look forward to meeting the great innovators at these events, and we’ll be featuring them any which way we can around those dates and beyond. If you’re one of them, we want to hear from you—email us at, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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