Innovation and entrepreneurship are critical for increasing competitiveness and job creation, and for creating new solutions to development challenges. Yet, only a small percentage of entrepreneurs actively pursue growth and derive and introduce new products, services or business models to the market. An even smaller percentage manages to grow a competitive enterprise. Given the development benefits of innovation and entrepreneurship, how do we best encourage entrepreneurs that are willing to embark on the risky journey to start and grow an innovative enterprise?
On Monday, March 10, join infoDev/World Bank in an interactive workshop on innovation and entrepreneurship promotion. Building on the insights and lessons learned from the three-year partnership program between infoDev, Nokia, and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, the workshop will explore how to successfully encourage and support emerging startups and innovative entrepreneurs in developing countries.
The infoDev-Finland-Nokia partnership program spanned Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and engaged more than 90 public and private sector actors at the local level. Entrepreneurship in mobile and agribusiness, access to markets and finance for early-stage entrepreneurs, alternative forms of business incubation, and women entrepreneurship were core topics of the program.
This workshop will focus in particular on entrepreneurship in mobile. Knowledge products will, however, be available on all the topics of the program, and staff with insights on all program areas will be available for discussion following the event.