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Growth of the African Incubator Netwrk 2010

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  • An insight into building and managing online community
  • Africa in focus: did you know that…  In 2008, internet usage in Africa wasn’t really being tracked in the media. However, between 2008 and 2011, undersea cables have been and will be bringing broadband connectivity to the continent in a major way.  There are 1 billion people in 53 countries in Africa. 450 million are under the age of 15. Economist George B.N. Ayittey refers to them as the “The Cheetah Generation,” disruptors of the status quo who will revolutionize Africa and grow up in the information age.  450 million on the continent are mobile subscribers. That number is predicted to grow by 12% through 2013. Ruge thinks it will be even higher due to the youth demand. The rise of Africa’s Digerati We are seeing the beginnings of Technology Centers and Incubation Labs springing up in hub communities in Africa. Ruge predict that these centers will be the launching points for the future tech talents of the continent. Through the magic of video Skype, we had the pleasure of hearing:  A team from ··Limbe Labs in Cameroon shared the development of the SMS technologies.  ··Appfrica Labs , from Uganda, talked about projects in transparency for African governments, engaging the global market such as Facebook and iPhones, and moving towards creating content mobilely.  ··Erik Hersman , also known as ··@whiteafrican , from ··iHub in Nairobi, talked about the need not only people for to meet with each other but also for social entrepreneurs to have access to fast and reliable internet access.
  • The Global Network of Business Incubators comprises 5 regional networks in Africa, Asia, Eastern-Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East & North Africa.  The Regional networks provide a space for networking and knowledge-sharing on issues specific to that region. Links to the regional pages on this website are provided below, along with an overview of current incubation activities in each region. Number of African Incubators – Registered with infoDEV Ghana now 3 Nigeria now 13
  • The Global Network of Business Incubators comprises 5 regional networks in Africa, Asia, Eastern-Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East & North Africa.  The Regional networks provide a space for networking and knowledge-sharing on issues specific to that region. Links to the regional pages on this website are provided below, along with an overview of current incubation activities in each region. Number of African Incubators – Registered with infoDEV Ghana now 3 Nigeria now 13
  • Number of African incubators and incubation hotspots identified by us via AIN [NB Egypt has at least 22 incubators including Virtual and those in the planning stages.] Please advise of any not mapped yet, new and planned incubators. NB USA is infoDEV / World Bank UK is our own Solvebrand virtual Incubator working with clients in Africa, Middle East, North America, UK, and New Zealand
  • The South African Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) is Africa’s leading organization that advances business incubation and entrepreneurship. It provides thousands of professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring excellence to the process of assisting early-stage companies in the developing world. The SABTIA Executive includes: Chairperson, Michael Reddy (Furntech), Secretariate, Colin Mkhonta, (Chemin), Mthunzi Nyandeni (SECI), Sipho Moshoane, (egolibio), Tshiano Mosojane, (BOTEC), Jayesh Ravjee, (STP/Seda)
  • Progress and change in subscribers and membership online – August 2009 to June 2010
  • The above are only 3 of over 500 featured talks which we can use to inspire entrepreneurship and incubation. http://www.ted.com/pages/view/id/5 TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, this year's TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize. The annual conferences in Long Beach and Oxford bring together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes). On TED.com, they make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free . More than 500 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks feature closed captions in English, and many feature subtitles in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license , so they can be freely shared and reposted.
  • 100% uninterrupted service for streaming www.ainportal.org Server has been relocated and upgraded to V2.2. Information on the portal is current and News updates regular Contributions from members. AIN on LinkedIN 130 profiles now 180 + discussions and news AIN on YouNoodle You Noodle - 99 AIN member Profiles now 160 AIN newsletter subscribers Dec - 300 Jan – 400 - + 33% Feb – 431 - + 40% June – 633 - + 110% Incubator Initiative mapping 143 Incubators/Initiatives mapped click & explore – now 174 Online distance Learning collaboration with Gatlin International presented at March Conference Online meetings to date have been between core team members via Skype.
  • 100% uninterrupted service for streaming www.ainportal.org Server has been relocated and upgraded to V2.2. Information on the portal is current and News updates regular Contributions from members. AIN on LinkedIN 130 profiles now 180 + discussions and news AIN on YouNoodle You Noodle - 99 AIN member Profiles now 160 AIN newsletter subscribers Dec - 300 Jan – 400 - + 33% Feb – 431 - + 40% June – 633 - + 110% Incubator Initiative mapping 143 Incubators/Initiatives mapped click & explore – now 174 Online distance Learning collaboration with Gatlin International presented at March Conference Online meetings to date have been between core team members via Skype.
  • Relationships Matter Your professional network of trusted contacts gives you an advantage in your career, and is one of your most valuable assets. LinkedIn exists to help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return. Their mission is to connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. We believe that in a global connected economy, your success as an incubation professional and your competitiveness as an incubator depends upon faster access to insight and resources you can trust.
  • As members of AIN you are an approved beta tester for YouNoodle. YouNoodle develops innovative ways to bring together the information, people and technology that help startups succeed. YN provide a platform so far for 50 of the world's top university entrepreneurship clubs and competitions, serving tens of thousands of members and thousands of startups. YN tools help to effectively manage business competitions, events, mailing lists and incubator community development. Startup Predictor is the first in a series of decision-making tools YouNoodle plans to introduce for the startup industry. The YN development team studied thousands of current and past startups, using both publicly available and proprietary data, to determine patterns of predictive factors for early-stage companies' success. You can try the test for free. YouNoodle is based in San Francisco, California.
  • Post presentation note - At the end of the morning session on the International Perspective we had 30 minutes of questions from the attendees – thanks to all who contributed DAC 22/03/2010
  • The AIN Portal is designed to securely support and disseminate 1 to 1, 1 to many & Group discussions and sharing of incubation support and knowledge. Linkages have been forged to the best in class information available from NBIA, UKBI and SPICE. Solvebrand has utilised and tailored Intranet DASHBOARD (iD) which is an off the shelf, INTRANET, EXTRANET and PORTAL software solution. A platform that comes with a bundled suite of 40 clever tools and applications , and 100’s of features and functions (including a CMS and an Enterprise Search engine at no extra cost). iD is flexible and customizable . It has been quick and easy to create a tailored solution for the African Incubator Network. With wizards and drag and drop, you don’t even need technical nous.– over 800 organizations worldwide agree!
  • The result of the creation of a business incubator is an economic explosion for the community , which promotes new jobs as well as an expansion of the economic base. Exemplars include the building of an ICT incubator in 2000 to catalyse the redevelopment of Hillington Industrial Estate originally built post World Ward II for Rolls Royce 1950 -1960 http://www.innovationcentre.org/ Robert Swerling, Principal of Google's New Business Development Team: "I have been deeply impressed by the creativity and energy of the Scottish hi-tech scene. Scotland has historically been a global leader in innovation, and its young companies are helping keep this tradition alive."   Dr David Simpson, Founder est. 1997 - Elvingston Science Centre's provides a unique, innovative business environment, supporting a growing nucleus of high-tech, knowledge-based companies. The Centre is designed to enhance the technological and economic growth potential of East Lothian, Scotland. The Elvingston Science Centre was established in 1997 and promotes the commercialisation of University spin-outs and the incubation of new high-technology companies with prospects of rapid growth.
  • Each of these activity streams can be measured and benchmarked using QLBS InQbate software. QLBS have partnered with New Zealand Government and the NBIA to provide annual reports for incubator networks. The company markets itself as a “measurement system for continuous improvement”. The system has a database of leading indicators which tell incubators and SMEs whether they are up to scratch. It also helps them benchmark themselves against the best in class, so they can then find and close existing gaps.
  • Gatlin International – international partner development Sheila Robinson & Mehdi Tounsi – Africa eLearning centre opportunities for incubators regional and sub regional incubator networks Opportunity to partner with Satcentres Africa wide –> access to the internet up to and including incubator support for sme’s Offer of support to run workshops for entrepreneurs thinking about going into business. LEDNA – request for AIN to be on the economic development register. Cisco Entrepreneurial training and support – speak to Chris currently running the Western Cape Contest. Global Distance Learning Network - GDLN – 12 centres http://www.aadlc.com/members.html access to world class video conferencing facilities
  • An entrepreneur and their team need the following in their backpacks before travelling Africa wide? solar powered phone charger iPhone (? with MobileMe - back up & security account) Vodafone/Safaricom contract (for mPay)‏ Skype Freeplay radio, and advice on advertising on the radio Capability for audio podcasts Monthly/weekly forum to pitch for funding online
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    • 1. African Incubator Network Growing Africa through Incubation ICT Africa EU Event Brussels, June 2010 . Presentation by David Cromar – AIN webmaster
    • 2. Overview & Background
      • Global Incubation Support
      • African Incubator Network
        • On the Ground
        • Face to face
        • Online
    • 3. Global Incubation Support The iDISC Global Network of Business Incubators includes 308 organizations in 88 countries worldwide. - 44 organizations in 14 countries throughout Africa.
    • 4. Global Incubation Support
    • 5. African Incubators on the Map Click on map to drill down to Country / City / Street 6 5 4 4 2 2 2 2 Zambia Ghana Algeria Angola Rwanda USA 7 6 Mauritius Senegal 7 Uganda Tanzania Botswana 16 8 8 Kenya Ethiopia Mozambique 49 27 South Africa Nigeria No Country 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 Benin Burkino Faso Cameroon Cape Verde Caribbean Chad Congo Egypt Ivory Coast Madagascar Mali Mauritania Morocco Namibia Tunisia UK No Country 173 MAPPED
    • 6. African Incubator Network
      • Michael Reddy, AIN Chairperson, RSA
      • Dr. Julie Momah, AIN Vice Chairperson, Nigeria
        • Dr. Mbarou Gassama Mbaye, Senegal
        • Chris Vermeulen, RSA
        • Tessema Geda, Ethiopia
        • Rajeev Aggraval, Rwanda
        • Jayesh Ravjee, Past Chairperson, RSA
        • Steve Giddings, InfoDEV Facilitator, Sub Sahara
        • David Cromar, Webmaster
    • 7. African Incubator Network 44 incubators 36 AIN on infoDEV 173 54 Mapped locations 633 [160] 160 profiles Opened Dec 2010 AIN on YouNoodle 180 profiles 16 AIN on LinkedIN 347 283 – 50 + 100 AIN Portal June 2010 Aug 2009 Online
    • 8. Inspiring Role Models TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design .
    • 9. Our AIN Scorecard
      • AIN conferences & workshops
      • Incubation Training materials & events
      • AIN Monthly newsletter
      • Sharing Best Practice
      • Sharing Knowledge & Tools
      • Sharing Incubatee Success stories
    • 10. AIN Community
      • Managing the AIN membership is like herding cats.
        • Access to the Internet [speed & reliability]
        • Raising awareness [who?, where?, when?]
        • Reading rather than writing posts [what?]
        • Sharing rather than taking [how?]
        • Sharing knowledge & incubator tools
        • Sharing Success
    • 11. Why is AIN on LinkedIN?
      • NETWORKING
      • Member Profiles & Bios
      • Incubatee referrals and recommendations
      • Building your support network
          • Incubation – Academia – Industry
          • Venture Capital – Mentors
          • Expats – Diaspora
          • Government – Multi National Corps
      • News-Discussions-Events-Jobs-Polls
    • 12. Why is AIN on YouNoodle?
      • Profiling yourself & your start ups
      • Predictive Analytics – Startup >>YR3?
      • Business Plan Competitions
      • AIN Newsletter & Events
      • AIN Subscriber Database
    • 13. AINPORTAL.ORG
    • 14. Thank You for listening
      • Please ask questions.
      • Please take the opportunity to speak with us during our time together.
      • Give us details of any incubators we have not found yet!
      • We invite you to register online and tell us your thoughts and your successes.
      • David
      • [email_address]
    • 15. AINPortal.org Online Resources
      • Sharing Knowledge – Downloads & linkages to best practice and resources:
      • iDisc.net
      • NBIA + UKBI
      • SPICE
      • Gatlin International
    • 16. Why build an incubator?
      • Motivation for the creation of a business incubator
            • new jobs and skills in a community
            • the economic promotion of a region
            • the diversification of the local economy
            • the transfer of technology
    • 17. Incubating Incubators
    • 18. AIN Partners / Linkages
      • Collaboration Offers on the table
        • http://africa.theelearningcentre.co.uk/
          • distance learning courses [6000+ inc F / P]
        • http://satnetwork.org/ Southern Africa
          • Internet access, rural training and incubation
        • http://www.safri.de/ Germany
          • entrepreneurial training workshops
        • LEDNA – economic development
        • http://www.younoodle.com/
          • startup competition tools
    • 19. Start Up Backpack
      • Are African startups different? What basic technology package does your emerging entrepreneur need in Africa today?
      • In 2011?
      • In 2015?

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