A vision to boost ...

A vision to boost mobile innovation in the Caribbean

infoDev seeks regional stakeholders to assess the local feasibility of updated Mobile Innovation Business Plan

Completed Local Feasibility Workshops

infoDev hosted a series of workshops to discuss the local feasibility of the Mobile Innovation Project. Over the course of three weeks, we visited seven islands (Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and Trinidad) in which we received feedback from key local stakeholders about our business plan for the project. Please find below the slides from the workshop.

We will use the feedback from the workshops to further refine the business plan to meet the local needs of the mobile app developer community in the Caribbean.

  • Jamaica – Monday, November 19th 
  • Trinidad – Wednesday, November 21st
  • Grenada – Friday, November 23rd
  • Antigua – Monday, November 26th
  • St. Lucia – Tuesday, November 27th 
  • St. Vincent – Wednesday, November 28th
  • Barbados – Monday, December 3rd

In the Spotlight

PitchIT Caribbean

Facebook-based virtual pitching competition for mobile or web entrepreneurs

infoDev has launched pitchIT Caribbean in order provide mobile or web entrepreneurs in the region pitching and business mentoring. The pitch presentations must be submitted by December 24, 2012. 

For more information about the competition, please visit the Facebook page.

Program Background

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 www.infoDev.org/mobile for more information). infoDev is also piloting virtual incubation models, which are particularly relevant in regional programs.

infoDev is currently completing the business plan for the Mobile Innovation Project. Through a multiple phased needs assessment and feasibility study, we have customized a model to identify and nurture talented developers in the region as well as build a regional ecosystem for mobile app enterprises. During the first phase, infoDev met a range of stakeholders across the region and completed a needs and feasibility assessment. As a first step to vet the model, on June 20, 2012, infoDev conducted a workshop for key stakeholders of the Caribbean mobile technology ecosystem in Kingston, Jamaica. It was further accessed by stakeholders through an anonymous online survey. Concluding on September 30, 2012, 105 stakeholders completed the survey. These results have been incorporated into the business plan which will be finalized in December 2012.

In short, the model proposes to stimulate the mobile innovation ecosystem to create and grow competitive mobile startups across the Caribbean region. Through a regionally coordinated effort, the model will support several local activities that will source and support talent, including innovation challenges, training, prototyping, and coaching events, and run an annual pitching event for the most promising innovators. Winners of the annual event will further be accelerated through access to seed funding, and additional pre-incubation and incubation support. Extensive information packages can be found under Resources.

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