Pan-Afrikan Innovation Hub Network; AfriLabs has added 40 technology and incubation hubs to its innovation hub network, totaling to a sum of 100 hubs across 30 African countries. This also extends the company’s reach to six (6) new countries; Morocco, Algeria, Somali, Cote D’Ivoire, Angola and Mali.
AfriLabs Executive Director; Anna Ekeledo in a press statement said, the company was pleased to expanding its network stating that they started with just five (5) hubs, and now the company is celebrating 100 hubs.
“The journey to 100 hubs has been an interesting one. We’re thrilled with the overwhelming positive response from our network members and the technology and entrepreneurial community at large. Here’s to 100 more,” she said.
It’s worth knowing that AfriLabs has been working through these tech and incbuation hubs to build an innovation infrastructure that encourages the growth of Africa’s knowledge economy by supporting the development of start-ups, technology, and innovation, fostering partnerships between tech hubs across the different regions and promoting opportunities that the hubs and their communities can benefit from.
On the other hand, AfriLabs also holds annual gathering that aim to bring together representatives of the African Innovation ecosystem under one platform to interact, share ideas and increase the knowledge economy. Such gathering provide a unique opportunity for members and other stakeholders to convene, learn the latest hub insights, and build partnerships between and with hubs.
The newly introduced hubs to the network are:
iCODE Ghana, Founders Hub Nigeria, Innovation Growth Hub Nigeria, Passion Incubator Nigeria, Civic Foundation for Innovation Nigeria, Honode Hub Ghana, Aiivon Innovation Hub Nigeria, Uplift Hub Nigeria, Roothub Accelerator Systems Nigeria, Tentmaker Ghana, CoLab Nigeria, Tribe Nigeria, Digital Development Hub Nigeria, Olotu Square Nigeria, Diaspo Hub Mali, Impact Hub Bamako Mali, DoniLab Mali, ALFTech Hub Nigeria, BabyLab Cote d’Ivoire.
Innovate Ventures Somalia, Mashinani Hub Kenya, Wired Startups Morocco, Eldo Hub Innovation Centre Kenya, Sahara Accelerator Tanzania, Nairobi Garage Kenya, Iris Hub Rwanda, Swahilipot Hub Kenya.
Incubme Algeria, Cairo Hackerspace Egypt, Sylabs Algeria.
Softstart Business and Technology Incubator South Africa, Green Innovation Hub, Zimbabwe, Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation South Africa, Injini South Africa, Shinga Entrepreneurship and Learning Hub Zimbabwe, iZone Hub Zimbabwe.