Addressing funding challenges for continuous innovation

10 November 2015 - A Workshop on Other in João Pessoa, Brazil


During previous IGF workshops organized by the Seed Alliance in Bali and Istanbul we have focused on bringing the discussion about funding mechanisms for Internet development closer to the multi-stakeholder community that makes the Internet what it is today. Many opportunities created by aid agencies, philanthropists, governments, Corporate Social Responsibility programs and venture capital (to name a few) are available today. Their different approaches to support innovation on the field were presented, as well as efforts to identify what they have in common and what challenges they faced to reach out to the innovators on the field, to establish partnerships and the constant search for sustainability. The speakers and the audience highlighted the importance of training, mentoring and networking to be offered on business development, evaluation, and communication to position innovators as recognized contributors to the development of the Internet, specially those coming from the development world. On this workshop we want to continue the understanding of how funding for Internet innovation operates, the differences with other sectors, deepening the understanding of the Internet community collectively, as well as explore solutions together. **In light of the publication of the new Sustainable Development Goals in August 2015, after this proposal was approved, the organizers of the workshop will be exploring the link between funding opportunities to achieve Goal #9 "Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation" where 9c set the objective of "Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020".

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