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REOI: Research project on the Opportunity for Clean Technology SMEs in Developing Countries

Published: 17 December 2012 | Close Date: 9 January 2013

infoDev’s Climate Technology Program and the World Bank’s Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Global Practice are jointly spearheading a research study titled “Is Clean Tech Different? Opportunities for Innovative Small and Medium Enterprises in Clean Technology Industries”. To respond to this EOI please register your interest no later than 11.59PM EST on January 9, 2013 via the World Bank’s eConsult2 system, selection # 1092767.

The study will examine the available evidence on the current and potential roles for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) — particularly startups and growth-oriented SMEs — in clean technology industries. In particular, it will examine the SME role in driving innovation, economic growth and job creation.infoDev is now seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from qualified firms with the expertise to deliver two principal components of the research effort: Part 1: Overview of the Opportunity and Role for SMEs in Clean Technology Industries

  • Estimating the size of the market opportunity for clean technology industries in developing countries. This analysis will serve to highlight the importance of clean technology industries to developing countries including the potential transformative impact of clean technologies on societies in addition to the environmental and economic impacts.
  • Investigating how SMEs operate within clean technology industries as compared with other technology industries (e.g. IT, biotech, consumer internet) drawing from evidence in developed and developing countries. Findings will compare the
    characteristics of SMEs across these industries (e.g. entrepreneurship rates, average firm size, failure rates, financing
    received, etc) and the impacts from SMEs in these industries (jobs, revenue growth, patenting rates, etc).

Part 2: Country Case Studies and Survey of SMEs in Clean Technology Industries

  • Preparing four country case studies which highlight the characteristics of particular successful clean technology industries and the factors shaping the industries in these countries. This component will focus on emerging markets, possibly including but not limited to those hosting infoDev’s Climate Innovation Centers (CICs): Kenya, India, Ethiopia, South Africa,
    Vietnam, Morocco, and the Caribbean. Each country case study will include:

    • the characteristics of SMEs operating in these clean technology industries, including barriers to growth and perceived opportunities.
    • a supply chain analysis of the two industries, with the goal of determining the best ways for domestic SMEs to engage with the large manufacturers that typically dominate these markets.
  • Designing and administering a firm-level survey in the four selected country markets: infoDev aims to develop a new dataset and a community of practice around this research study. To gather data at the firm level, the consultants selected to undertake this research will design and deliver a survey for clean technology enterprises.
    • Aside from basic company information, the survey will capture information on drivers and barriers to growth, by clean tech industry, and jobs created, patents, research collaborations, partner firms (suppliers or customers), impacts (e.g. number of additional homes with energy access), etc.
    • Noting that infoDev’s focus is on growth oriented technology SMEs, the survey will differentiate firms based on demographics such as size, age and growth, but also on metrics or activities indicating innovation in product technologies, business models and processes. To present a holistic view of the innovation ecosystem, an effort
      will be made to also include relevant large firms, multinationals, and failed early stage ventures through the survey component.
    • The survey data will be designed to be updated, utilized and expanded on a regular basis by a user community, with oversight and guidance from infoDev.

Submitting Expressions of Interest

To respond to this request for EOI, interested firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (description of similar research experience and track record, selected work samples, staff profiles, experience and networks across developing markets and clean technology industries, etc).

At this stage, important evaluation criteria include:

  • Demonstrated thought leadership on entrepreneurship, SMEs, new ventures, and industrial competitiveness.
  • Experience with clean technology industries in emerging markets including appropriate internal expertise, access to relevant industry networks, and knowledge of and participation in market-shaping developments;
  • Knowledge of environment, energy, climate change and/or green growth sectors, policies, institutions and markets;
  • Proven track delivering high quality and high profile research assignments.
  • Ability to field a research team with appropriate technical and professional background;
  • Evidence of strong project management skills – delivering prior work on time, in full, and within budget

To respond to this EOI please register your interest no later than 11.59PM EST on January 9, 2013 via the World Bank’s eConsult2 system, selection # 1092767. Based on responses to this request for EOI, a shortlist of applicants will be invited to submit a full technical and financial proposal based on a detailed request for proposals. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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