Ecuador: Implementation of Technological innovation for the development of microenterprises

Innovation Areas: BIG DATA
Stage: Early stage

Implementation of Technological innovation for the development of microenterprises in the Municipality of Quito

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The problem addressed

The problem that arises is the high rate of corporate mortality in small and microenterprises, linked to factors such as a weak training, limited innovation and product selection is not renewed; the informal financial management and low use of technologies for their management; limitations on access to credit; inexperience of processes and insufficient installed capacity to export their products. The traditional programs of business advice and support have not succeeded with micro and small enterprises.

The intervention

There has been a delay in the implementation of the initiative, due to changes in the management of the implementation entity (Metropolitan Economic Development Agency CONQUITO). Thus, the initiative which aims to collect geo-referenced data via mobile devices offering basic business services required by small and micro enterprises will be implemented by May 2015.

 

By the end of December, the pilot territory (district) for the implementation of the initiative has been identified, local technicians team are already contracted to develop the project and the initiative was incorporated as a priority action of the new municipal government with a municipal budget assigned; international technical support has been provided to conceptualize the initiative and to facilitate the planning of the intervention. Technical equipment for the initiative has been bought (10 tablets for geo-referencing the business). 

The partners

The main partners in this initiative are the Municipality – Municipio del Distrito Metropolitano de Quito – MDMQ and the Metropolitan Economic Development Agency CONQUITO that supports entrepreneurs, businesses, educational institutions, local governments, through innovation, professional improvement and job creation.

Results/outcomes

As there has been a significant delay in the implementation of the initiative, due to changes in the management of the implementation entity (Metropolitan Economic Development Agency CONQUITO), results are not yet achieved. 

Lessons identified

Significant changes in government counterparts often delay processes, however, as demonstrated by this initiative when innovative proposals to existing problems are presented, this can help build and strengthen relationships with counterparts. Further lessons will be identified during the implementation phase. 

Contact person

Sergio Novas: sergio.novas@undp.org

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Budget

$20,000 USD



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