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Presentation delivered by Dr Loren Treisman at Mobile Web Africa 2012 in Johannesburg. This presentation focuses on tech innovation hubs, social tech projects in the health, agriculture and democracy space, the impact of both hubs and social projects, with case studies from Indigo Trust's grantees as well as a role for Foundations and the private sector in supporting this work.

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  • 1. Dr Loren TreismanExecutive: Indigo Trust

2. The Indigo Trust is a UK based grant making foundation that fundstechnology-driven projects to bring about social change in Africa The Trust focuses mainly on innovation, transparency andcitizen empowerment We also support innovative tech-driven projects whichsupport development outcomes in any social sector includingthe health, education, human rights and agricultural spheres We believe that if people have the ability to access, shareand create information, then they are empoweredto make positive changes in their own lives and communities 3. Hubs are Springing Up Across the Continent 4. And some are cropping up in unexpected places. 5. A Role for Tech Innovation Hubs The best solutions to Africas challenges will be devised bythose affected by them Hubs galvanise the tech community, provide high speedinternet, host events & provide training & mentorship toaspiring entrepreneurs Hubs have a catalytic effect on the number and quality ofsuccessful projects and products which can be developedin-country 6. Can Tech Hubs Achieve Financial Sustainability? This Sector is still in its infancy and we have to be patient But some business models are emerging.. 7. iHub-Nairobi, Kenya 8. iHub research Memberships fees Renting out the space Corporate sponsorship and events Consultancy Jobs Board-biggest in East Africa Government and private sector contracts User experience lab 9. RLabs-Cape Town, South Africa 10. Their revenue is R3.4-4 million, 50% from partnerships, 10% from theirservices, 10% from investments and 30% from donors/funding-theybreak even Employ 50 full time staff and 12 part time and have created 264 jobsdirectly or indirectly through their hubs and start-ups Indigo Trust funded the opening of an Innovation, Incubator andAccelerator (InnovIA)-6/14 projects generate an income Nurtured 12 start-ups from scratch, already achieving 2 exitsgenerating more than R3Million in income-Jamiix has reached over2.5 million people RLabs have trained 9,113 people in UCT certified courses Social Franchising-Living Labs are being developed in othercountries 11. The Impact of Hubs? This sector is still in its infancy-local context Change doesnt happen overnight even inthe developed world Impact should be phased:1. The existence of more hubs, hosting more events, raising awareness of the sector etc should be considered a success2. How are they surviving? Attracting funds? Generating income?3. How many projects are emerging?4. Are they generating impact? Expect a high failure rate for product BUT a fewsuccesses can have a massive impact 12. A Case Study: Budgit (Nigeria) 13. Democracy, Transparency and Accountability Open Data Citizen Participation/Reporting Media Strengthening Digital Mapping Empowering Activists 14. A Case Study: iCow 15. Agriculture Extension/information services Market Prices Insurance Link farmers to buyers Product authentication Mapping and transparency Financial Services Data Collection Integrated Business Solutions 16. Health Health information (One World) Support (Youth for Tech Foundation, SHM Foundation) Alerts (Cell Life, Praekelt) Referrals (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) Training and Support for Community Health Workers Health Service Accountability (CIPESA, WOUGNET, GACC) Drug authentication Data Collection Data Management 17. Are Business Models Emerging? Some Projects will require on-going funding whether in the developed ordeveloping world Often transparency projects or public services and goods fall into thiscategory Many social projects can make a profit/become self sustaining This can take time, patience, a willingness to take risks & fail fastBusiness models are emerging:1.Charge end users2.Freemium/Value added services3.Advertising4.Chargeable services-consulting, training5.Public-Private-Charity partnerships6.Impact investing 18. The Role of Foundations Providing small, high risk grants to not-for-profit & social enterpriseswhich contribute towards social change at theearly stages Enable entrepreneurs to pilot new ideas, room for trial & error Preference for locally owned interventions Some projects will achieve financial sustainability or make aprofit, others need on-going support Multi-year funding Advice, access to our networks, leveraging support 19. A Role For The Private Sector Businesses could sponsor hubs in exchange for branding or support themby utilising their facilities e.g. hiring their space for corporate events, hiringtheir developers for contracts-branding Businesses could provide free internet or phones (for testing) to hubs For some projects, well devised business models can be developedthrough collaborations between the private sector and socialenterprises/social projects Mobile operators and ISP providers could reduce data costs forsocial projects or host Apps on their platforms in exchange forincreased market share Businesses and Angel investors should consider financing promisingsocial enterprises once Foundations have funded proof of concept 20. Thanks for ListeningAny Questions?Dr Loren Treismanhttp://indigotrust.wordpress.com/Twitter: @indigotrustLoren.treisman@sfct.org.uk