AfriLabs; The largest network of over 50 technology and innovation hubs across over 20 African countries has expanded by 11 new hub members, also extending its membership base to two new African countries – Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
AfriLabs, founded in 2011 with just five-member hubs, was established to build a community around technology hubs in Africa. Since then, AfriLabs has been working through these hubs to build the African entrepreneurial ecosystem by supporting the development of start-ups, technology, and innovation, while also fostering partnerships between tech hubs across the different regions. AfriLabs since its inception has now grown from five hubs to fifty-six hubs across over 20 African countries.
The newly accepted members into the AfriLabs network are: nHub Nigeria, inCUBE8 Malawi, iBridge Nigeria, Lumumba Labs Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Wenak Labs Chad, Sote Hub Kenya, The Innovation Village Kampala Uganda, The Tech Village Zimbabwe, BitHub Kenya, dLab Tanzania, 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.” – Anna Ekeledo, Head of Secretariat, AfriLabs.