The new countries are Guinea, Mauritius, South Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and Botswana. This brings her membership to a total of 158 Hubs in 45 African Countries.
In Central Africa, AfriLabs has admitted Cameroon’s Ocean Innovation Centre. In West Africa, AfriLabs expands her already growing community in Nigeria with Roar Nigeria Hub, Ennovate Lab, Nicademia Hub, TVCLabs and Devamplify Hub. New West African members also include Grassroots Hub in Ghana, Burkina Business Incubator in Burkina Faso, Incubateur Saboutech in Guinea and Mali Business Innovation and Incubation Centre in Mali.
New East African members include; Ndoto Hub and Smart Lab in Tanzania, FabLab Winam, Pangea Accelerator and Mt Kenya Hub in Kenya, Mauritius Business Network in Mauritius, Design Hub Kampala in Uganda and HarHub in Somalia while Impact Hub Harare, Startup Bulawayo in Zimbabwe and Botswana Innovation Hub in Botswana are our new members in the Southern African Region.
From the North African region, new members include GESR- MEK Cairo and Maamal for Development in Egypt, Le Wagon in Morocco, CoZi Coworking Café Djerba in Tunisia, Tatweer Research, Benghazi in Libya and Ataka Hub in South Sudan.
“We are excited to have these new members join our ever growing family and to be extending our reach to these new countries, bringing us closer to our goal of having our community span across all 54 African countries. We believe that in reaching this goal, we are moving closer to an integrated and prosperous continent fostered by open collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship, and driven by hubs and their communities across Africa” – Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs.
“Being part of this community is an epitome of belonging to an African identity and resolve to change the destiny of our motherland together through nurturing entrepreneurship and our common genius” – Soulamane KonKobo, Founder, Burkina Business Incubator Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
“Being a member of AfriLabs gives us a great opportunity to expand our network beyond the creative sector and across the continent. We hope to engage in meaningful synergies between the tech and creative ecosystems and share similar experiences as coworking spaces – Jantien Zuurbier, Founder, Design Hub Kampala, Kampala, Uganda.
In 2018, Liquid Telecom partnered with AfriLabs, to explore new ways to support local start-ups and promote sustainable innovation across Africa. From digital skills training and workshops to accelerator competitions, the two firms launched a new series of joint programmes designed to accelerate growth within the region’s tech start-up communities, ultimately helping to stimulate economic growth.
Liquid Telecom delivered connectivity to AfriLabs innovation centres located within its fibre footprint, which included our space, Bongohive in Zambia, BUNI in Tanzania and many more. Liquid Telecom also provided start-ups with access to critical development tools by leveraging the Microsoft Azure platform as well as the software developer platform, GitHub, which was acquired by Microsoft.
AfriLabs affiliate hub members were also able to access Liquid Telecom’s digital skills training platform, which focuses on key 4th Industrial Revolution skills, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Game development and Cloud Computing.
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