Following its 100 mark milestone back in June this year, where Pan-Afrikan Innovation Hub Network; AfriLabs added 40 new technology and incubation hubs to its network, summing it up to 100 hubs across 30 African countries, the company early this month added new 23 hubs extending its reach to 4 new countries, summing it at 123 hub in 34 African countries.
In June, AfriLabs announced it had extended its reach to Morocco, Algeria, Somali, Cote D’Ivoire, Angola and Mali. Now adding 4 new countries; Lesotho, Burundi, Mozambique and Sudan, makes it 34 African Countries where AfriLabs has its operations from.
AfriLabs Executive Director; Anna Ekeledo, in a statement said, “We’re excited to have these new members join our AfriLabs family as well as extend our reach to more African countries. We believe that we’re moving closer to an integrated and prosperous continent fostered by open collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship and driven by hubs and their communities across Africa.
The new additional hubs come from Cameroon (3), Zambia (1), Nigeria (5), Ghana (1), Kenya (4), Tanzania (1), Malawi (1), Togo (1), Sudan (1), Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) (1), Mozambique (1), South Africa (1), Burundi (1), and Lesotho (1).
One of the hubs joining from Kenya; Lawyers Hub is led by Linda Bongo – who in a statement said the hub is looking forward to work with AfriLabs members to enable startups access legal services and also promote tech innovation amongst the lawyers in Africa.
On the other hand, Emile Raubenheimer, team lead at Siyon Capital, South Africa (a new hub as well) also commented, saying, quote ‘With AfriLabs we open access to our entrepreneurs to continental markets and African solutions for Africa and the world.’
Since its inauguration, AfriLabs has been working through tech hubs to build an innovation infrastructure that encourages the growth of Africa’s knowledge economy by supporting the development of startups, technology, and innovation, fostering partnerships between tech hubs across the different regions and promoting opportunities that the hubs and their communities can benefit from.