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SocialWire raises $2 million in capital

In 2011, social advertising startup SocialWire was one of the Top20 SME winners at infoDev’s 4th Global Forum. Today, founder and CEO Selcuk Atli sat down with us and talked about his background, the value of enabling environments, and his recent successes—a well publicized launch and a $2-million fundraising round. Go to Source Tags: SocialWire, infodev, million ...

Enabling environments for effective value chain development

infoDev Program Coordinator Ellen Olafsen and other stakeholders took on the web of obstacles to agribusiness innovators at the plenary session panel of the “Making the Connection: Value Chains for Transforming Smallholder Agriculture” conference in Addis Ababa on November 8. Go to Source Tags: smallholder, value chain ...

Creating the right environment for adding value in agribusiness

A poor enabling environment for entrepreneurs is one of the main obstacles to lift African agriculture, traditionally focused on commodities trading, into a flourishing agribusiness sector. New approaches should lead to a sector which sells its products to local and regional markets and has serious job creation potential. Go to Source Tags: Environment, agribusiness ...

New study maps mobile tech use among Kenya’s poorest

One in five Kenyans at the base of the pyramid (BoP) forgo a usual expense, such as food or a bus pass, to afford mobile phone access, according to an upcoming study commissioned by infoDev. Go to Source Tags: infodev, kenya, bop, mobile ...

Kenya Climate Innovation Center launches

A new business hub for African climate technology entrepreneurs was launched in Nairobi today to boost locally sourced green technologies in the Africa region. The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (CIC), a cutting-edge facility, will offer financing and other services to a growing network of climate innovators and entrepreneurs. Go to Source Tags: entrepreneurs, africa, Kenya Climate Innovation Center, Technology ...

m2Work Hackathon builds apps, communities

In an inspiring show of the growing interest in microwork among the coding community, the m2Work Hackathon banded together a total of 301 coders to develop app prototypes that take on the big development issues—health, education, climate change, job creation, and more. Go to Source Tags: m2work Hackathon, microwork, app, issues-health ...

Social enterprise app takes on gender violence in Africa

Showcasing social enterprise’s new resources in the mobile era, Anne Shongwe—a 25-year South African development veteran—has partnered with UNWomen, Nokia, and other institutions to combat gender-based violence in Africa through an awareness-spreading mobile app. Tags: app, social enterprise, gender, mobile, violence in Africa ...