A training program from the World Bank and infoDev for business incubator managers in emerging markets and developing countries
The Business Incubation Management Training Program was created for business incubator managers and stakeholders in developing countries and emerging markets. Through its network of certified facilitators, infoDev has helped more than one thousand people increase their understanding of business incubator models, how to finance an incubator, monitoring and evaluation, mentoring programs, and more.
The training program was designed for face-to-face delivery with each module requiring one day of classroom learning. To inquire about upcoming trainings in your country, contact the following facilitators:
For those who are unable to attend a training in person, we have published the student editions of our 16 training modules below.
Suite One: Business Incubation Basics
Module 1 – Business Incubation Definitions and Principles
This module provides an introduction to business incubation. It introduces key definitions and presents the main principles and good practices of business incubation.
Module 2 – Business Incubator Models, Including Success Factors
This module aims to illustrate various business incubator models based on practical examples of incubators from all over the world. (being updated)
Suite Two: Business Incubation Operations
Module 3 – Planning an Incubator (Part 1) (Part 2)
This covers assessing the feasibility and designing the business model for an incubator.
Module 4 – Marketing and Stakeholder Management (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module is designed to support efficient and effective communication of the incubator with key customers and other stakeholders based on a good understanding of the marketplace.
Module 5 – Financing an Incubator (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module guides incubator managers to master the incubator’s financial data, identify financing needs, develop a fundraising strategy, and monitor the financial performance of an incubator.
Module 6 – Managing the Incubator (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module provides incubator managers with an overview of sound management practices for a successful incubator.
Module 7 – Monitoring, Evaluation and Benchmarking (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module provides incubator managers with the required information, skills, and insights to develop their own monitoring and evaluation system and carry out benchmarking activities.
Suite Three: Advanced Incubator Management
Module 8 – Implementing a Mentoring Program (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module guides incubator managers in developing and implementing a mentoring program through recruiting mentors, managing the mentor and entrepreneur relationship, and tracking results. (being updated)
Module 9 – Deals and Financing for Incubator Clients (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module trains incubator managers on helping entrepreneurs access the appropriate form of financing, particular from private sources.
Module 10 – Technology Commercialization Through Incubation (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module describes the role of the incubator in technology commercialization for entrepreneurs at various stages of development.
Module 11 – Setting Up Virtual Services (Part 1) (Part 2)
This module provides a conceptual framework to help incubator managers understand virtual incubation as a standalone business model or to extend current incubator service offerings.
Module 12 – Agribusiness Incubation
This module describes how agribusiness incubators differ from standard business incubators and outlines the importance of engaging in agribusiness value chains, rather than just focusing on individual businesses.