Do mLabs Make a Di...

Do mLabs Make a Difference?

A Holistic Outcome Assessment of infoDev's Mobile Entrepreneurship Enablers

This report is an assessment of the overall effects of infoDev’s mobile application labs (mLabs). mLabs are specialized mobile business incubation and acceleration facilities offering physical workspace, mentoring and coaching, devices for mobile application testing, training, and startup competitions.

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mLabs were designed as pilot projects under the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy (CSBKE) program and have since become part of infoDev’s Mobile Innovation Program.

The report highlights mLab's effects on startup creation and development, the development impact through the use of mobile applications, as well as mLab's contribution to entrepreneurial ecosystems, with the following key findings:

  • mLabs supported and incentivized the creation of close to 70 new startups (Watch videos of entrepreneurs)
  • The client startups created over 180 high-quality jobs, and raised more than $2.2 million in investments and seed funding
  • 41 of the total 292 identified mobile applications had actual or potential development impact
  • mLabs have proven a viable mechanism to enhance entrepreneurial ecosystems

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