AfriLabs, founded in 2011, is out to build a community around the rapidly emerging tech hubs in Africa and holds an annual gathering bringing together all member hubs and other stakeholders.
The Network of tech innovation hubs recently added 11 new member hubs. In welcoming these 11 new members, the Pan African Innovation Hub Network, AfriLabs have expanded its network to over 50 technology and innovation hubs across more than 20 African countries. It has also expanded its membership to two new Countries – Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The newly accepted members into the AfriLabs network are nHub Nigeria, inCUBE8 Malawi, iBridge Nigeria, Lumumba Labs DRC, Wenak Labs Chad, Sote Hub Kenya, The Innovation Village Kampala, The Tech Village Zimbabwe, bithub Kenya, dlab Tanzania, and Startpreneurs Nigeria.
“We are constantly looking to work with tech hubs and other stakeholders of the African entrepreneurial ecosystem to foster institutional linkages and collaboration, advocate for better enabling policies as well as provide entrepreneurs and innovators access to the right tools, environment, and finance to scale in Africa and beyond. We are pleased to have these new hubs join our network,” says Anna Ekeledo, head of Secretariat at AfriLabs.
AfriLabs is working through these hubs to build an innovation infrastructure that will encourage the growth of Africa’s knowledge economy by supporting the development of start-ups, technology, and innovation.