Today, AfriLabs welcomes 24 new hubs into its community with its network now expanding to 7 new cities with a total of 292 hubs in 49 African countries.
As part of its core values AfriLabs believe that it is only in ensuring inclusion and diversity that it builds an ecosystem that will be the foundation on which Africa develops to be the global powerhouse we want her to be.
This is why AfriLabs is serving as a nexus point for all innovation leaders as well as hubs across the continent and even in the diaspora.
A diverse and inclusive community at AfriLabs, hopes to improve the outcome of various disruptive solutions such as creating an atmosphere where the promotion of indigenous innovations is welcome.
The hub network is doing this by providing support for research with local relevance, creating and promoting positive business environments for local entrepreneurs/hubs and the activation of institutions that specifically deal with the development and scaling of innovations that further goes on to have a ripple effect on various African economies on the continent.
Speaking on the latest addition to its network, Kenechukwu Chukwu, Member Services Manager, AfriLabs:
“As we get closer to our goal of building a thriving innovation economy in Africa, It gives us great pleasure that we have been able to gain entrance into 7 cities and grow the community to 292 hubs and we are super excited for the endless opportunities this new addition would bring”.
The newest members include:
Black Innovations Africa – Jos, Nigeria, Mentors Innovation Hub – Yola, Nigeria, Grazac – Abeokuta, Nigeria, Opolo Global Innovation – Lagos, Nigeria, Edufun Technik STEM Hub – Onitsha, Nigeria, Ado Business Incubation Centre (ABIC Hub) – Onitsha, Nigeria, iValley Ghana – Damongo, Ghana, Ghana Innovation Hub – Accra, Ghana, Tamale International Hub – Tamale, Ghana, Start-Up SME Centres – Kumasi, Ghana, North East Innovation Hub – Walewale, Ghana, Eastern Tech Hub – Koforidua, Ghana, Expert’labs Mali – Bamako, Mali, Fondation Jeunesse Numérique – Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, Mahna – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and Data Science, Nigeria.
Karibu to Techbuzz Hub – Kampala, Uganda, Future Females Invest – Beau Plan, Mauritius, Kiota Hub (University of Iringa) – Iringa, Tanzania and AMCET Innovation Hub (Al-Maktoum College of Engineering and Technology – AMCET) – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
REDHub, Durban, South Africa
Konetahub – Juba, South Sudan and Collective Lab, Tunis, Tunisia
Le Boukarou – Douala, Cameroon
Habibu Mrisho, the Hub Manager at AMCET INNOVATION HUB, speaks of his excitement at being a part of the network:
“Being part of the AfriLabs network adds some advantages to me and the hub due to the fact that the network gives me the privilege to attend some events that would help me to meet other people across the world as well as expand our access to opportunities.”
Another new member, Denaya Dennis, Founder & Executive Director, Koneta Hub had this to say, “I am very excited that Koneta Hub has been welcomed to be part of the great African innovation network:
“AfriLabs. It is in our belief as Koneta that when the youth are given an opportunity, there will be tremendous opportunities and solutions to the socio-economic issues challenging our growth. We look forward to contributing to the innovation ecosystem and bringing more opportunities for South Sudan.”
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