Business Incubation Management Training Program
Author: Information for Development Program (infoDev)infoDev is a global program within the World Bank Group that works at the intersection of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. Our program creates opportunities for inclusive sustainable growth and employment in developing countries. infoDev assists governments and technology focused small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve capacity and skills, increase access to finance and markets, ensure the appropriate enabling policy and regulatory environment for business to flourish, and test out innovative solutions in developing country markets. Business incubators can play an important role in supporting small business development and growth. infoDev has found that high quality leadership is a key factor determining the probability of success for a business incubator. infoDev therefore seeks to increase the capacity of business incubation managers and their stakeholders through one-on-one technical assistance, regional and topical peer-to-peer networks, the bi-annual Global Forum on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and its web-based networking and knowledgesharing tools. The Business Incubation Management Training Program was designed in direct response to repeated requests from infoDevs innovation and entrepreneurship community for an in-depth business incubation training program relevant to the developing country context. This training program is the first-of-its-kind, drawing from the lessons, models, and examples in business incubation from across Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, and South Asia. More than 30 business incubator experts around the world contributed directly to the writing of the training modules, and the materials were tested with more than 300 professionals in emerging and developing countries, all of whom provided inputs to the final design. To date, more than 900 business incubator managers and stakeholders have been trained, with good results and a persistent demand for more training opportunities. This training program is designed for business incubation managers and other business incubation stakeholders wishing to increase their understanding and know-how of the business incubation process. It currently consists of 12 training modules ranging from introductory topics designed for professionals who are new to business incubation, to specialized topics such as Technology Commercialization, Virtual Business Incubation and Agribusiness Incubation.