Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Global South

9 December 2016 - A Workshop on Other in Guadalajara, Mexico


The Internet and related information and communication technologies have the potential to play a pivotal role in helping achieving more inclusive innovation and development. The Internet economy can contribute towards inclusiveness in various ways: for example, it can help entrepreneurs and small businesses engage in innovations by facilitating access to information at lower cost, by providing a platform for new businesses opportunities, and by access to new markets.

This workshop looks at challenges faced by innovators and entrepreneurs in the developing countries. The challenges may be access to capital, capacity building, and scaling up projects. How can these challenges be bridged? The workshop will also seek to identify the opportunities available to the entrepreneurs.

The session will start by an overview from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Africa on what they have been doing to promote innovation and entrepreneurship within the regions. 

Innovation including in the area of the Internet economy and entrepreneurship plays a central role in development. The workshop will also seek to find ways to ensure that internet innovation is inclusive, giving equal opportunities to all regions in the global south. The aim is to find solutions to realise the UN Sustainable Development goals by bridging the inequality gap, reduce poverty, and improve the living standards in developing countries.

The deliverable of the workshop will seek to find solutions that link to the Sustainable development goals of ending poverty in all it’s form everywhere, and also promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work.

Speakers confirmed:

Kukubo, Paul: Board Member, Communications Authority of Kenya, and Chairman of Rafica Ltd an Agri-technology firm
Cadena, Sylvia: Head of Programs, APNIC Foundation.
Caeiro, Carolina: Coordinator of Development Projects, LACNIC
Dogniez, Joyce: Senior Director, Global Engagement, Internet Society

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