The Business Models of mLabs and mHubs : An Evaluation of infoDev's Mobile Innovation Support Pilots

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https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/11866
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World Bank
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2014-09-11T17:13:17Z
dc.date.available
2014-09-11T17:13:17Z
dc.date.issued
2014-01
dc.description.abstract
In 2010, infoDev, the government of Finland, and Nokia launched the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy (CSBKE) program to derive and test new approaches to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship in developing countries. Based on the vast growth of mobile content and access technology, a large part of the program focused on support for innovation in mobile applications and software (or apps ). Through CSBKE, the concept of mobile entrepreneurship enablers was developed, of which two forms were tested: Mobile Application Laboratories (mLabs) and Mobile Social Networking Hubs (mHubs). mLabs are specialized mobile app business incubation and acceleration service providers; mHubs focus on mobile tech community building by convening stakeholder groups at informal gatherings. mLabs were intended to reach a region comprising several countries, whereas mHubs serve only a single city. Underpinning the mLab and mHub models was the conviction that the enhancement of local innovation ecosystemscharacterized by effective partnerships and coordination amongst stakeholderswould improve the enabling environment for mobile entrepreneurship. infoDev also ran a number of global projects (such as innovation competitions) and training sessions, complemented by analytical products, such as qualitative evaluations, a major report on user and app ecosystems in developing countries, and a generic business model for mLabs.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/01/20146203/business-models-mlabs-mhubs-evaluation-infodevs-mobile-innovation-support-pilots
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/20079
dc.language
English
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en_US
dc.publisher
Washington, DC
dc.rights
CC BY 3.0 IGO
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
dc.subject
innovation
dc.subject
mobile apps
dc.subject
applications
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mLabs
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mHubs
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The Business Models of mLabs and mHubs : An Evaluation of infoDev's Mobile Innovation Support Pilots
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okr.crosscuttingsolutionarea
Public-Private Partnerships
okr.date.disclosure
2014-08-26
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Publications & Research
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Publications & Research :: Working Paper
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2014/01/20146203/business-models-mlabs-mhubs-evaluation-infodevs-mobile-innovation-support-pilots
okr.globalpractice
Transport and ICT
okr.globalpractice
Trade and Competitiveness
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yes
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000470435_20140826145329
okr.identifier.internaldocumentum
20146203
okr.identifier.report
90132
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en
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http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2014/08/26/000470435_20140826145329/Rendered/PDF/901320WP0Box380d0mhub0publication00.pdf
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okr.region.country
Kenya
okr.region.country
Nepal
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Uganda
okr.region.geographical
East Africa
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East Asia
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South Asia
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Southern Africa
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Europe and Central Asia
okr.topic
Information and Communication Technologies :: ICT Applications
okr.topic
Private Sector Development :: Business Development Services
okr.topic
Private Sector Development :: E-Business
okr.topic
Information and Communication Technologies
okr.unit
Trade & Compet - InfoDev (GTCID)

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