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CBIN Webinar Series: financial sustainability for business incubators and accelerators

How do business incubators and accelerators in developing countries fund their programs, and how do different funding profiles relate to different incubator and accelerator offerings? The financial sustainability is a topic of interest among business incubators and accelerators as well as their funders and investors. This webinar will cover findings from the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI) report on the funding profiles of 139 organizations that run accelerator program. The webinar will also feature how BetterStories in Bagladesh has diversified its funding sources during its journey to financial sustainability. This webinar is offered by The World Bank Group’s Open Learning Campus (OLC) and Climate Technology Program (CTP). The World Bank’s Climate Technology Program (CTP), housed in the Finance, Competitiveness, and Innovation Global Practice (FCI GP), empowers developing countries to proactively and profitably adapt, develop, and deploy climate smart technologies and business models that meet local needs and drive growth, competitiveness, and employment. CTP has established a network of eight Climate Innovation Centers (CICs) - in Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Vietnam, Morocco, and the Caribbean - to support early stage climate technology companies with a holistic set of services including proof-of-concept grants, business advisory and training, and access to business/technical facilities. As a core part of the Climate Business Innovation Network (CBIN), CTP aims to improve the operational effectiveness of its CICs and other intermediary organizations supporting green startups and growing businesses in developing countries.

About the Presenters

Abigayle Davidson

Abby joined the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in 2016. She focuses primarily on the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), a research partnership with Emory University to investigate the effectiveness of business accelerators around the world, and the Small and Growing Business (SGB) Evidence Fund, a partnership with the International Growth Centre to fund researcher-practitioner collaborations to build the evidence base for the SGB sector. She spent two years with ForgottenSong, a non-profit organization that supports small business as a means of community development in war-torn countries and also co-founded Markham & Fitz, a bean-to-bar chocolate company based in Arkansas. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Business and Economics and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Arkansas.

Muhaimin Khan

Muhaimin Khan, CEO of BetterStories, is an American Bangladeshi working to develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Bangladesh. Muhaimin has been involved with BetterStories since May 2014 and has taken the company to greater heights. He has organized events like the Bangladesh StartUp Cup and Digital World 2015, which had over 450,000 people attending in 4 days. Muhaimin is fluent in 3 languages and an expert in communications, strategy and management. He is the cofounder of BizCafe, a global match-making platform for entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors.

Questions Submitted

Mahaman Mourtala

- Oct 8, 2021
Interesting webinar!


- Jul 28, 2021

jose luis

- May 2, 2021
¿con que se como esto? las incubadoras y aceleradoras de empresas de los países en desarrollo


- Jan 23, 2021


- Jan 20, 2021
Great course! informative and knowledgeable documents.


- Oct 13, 2020
Very interesting, thank you!


- Oct 13, 2020
interesting, thank you!

Mohammad Nadir

- Apr 26, 2020

Joy Mildred Adhiambo

- Mar 1, 2020


- Oct 16, 2019
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