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AfriLabs Expands to Eswatini And Five New African Cities to Nurture And Support Innovative Ecosystems

AfriLabs Expands to Eswatini And Five New African Cities to Nurture And Support Innovative Ecosystems
Figure 4.1: Regional Distribution of Innovation Spaces in Africa (Sources: AfriLabs, Africa.co, Tekedia, BongoHive Zambia, Fab Foundation). Please note this may not be comprehensive as new ones are emerging regularly.

AfriLabs, a pan-African network of innovation hubs and technology centers that support startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators across the African continent, has expanded to a new country, Eswatini, and five new African cities. These cities include Zanzibar, Ota, Matsapha, Musanze, and Baidoa.

AfriLabs’ latest expansion heralds exciting new opportunities for Africa’s digital economy, as expanding its reach will strengthen its efforts to achieve a digitalized Africa by 2030, as they continue to connect hub members to a network of other stakeholders.

For AfriLabs, one major goal of the pan-African network is to improve the local African innovation ecosystems by providing better support for the creation of investment-worthy digital startups and businesses.

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AfriLabs Director of Community, Mayssa Mrabet has expressed optimism about the impact of the expansion. In her words, “We will continue nurturing, supporting, and celebrating innovative ecosystems across the continent. This is a major step towards our goal of achieving a digitalized Africa by 2030”.

Also speaking on AfriLabs expansion, the founder and CEO of Eureka Geo in Cameroon, Mely Monique said,

“Becoming a member of AfriLabs is a unique chance for us to be part of the African digital ecosystem and access numerous opportunities”.

Check Out AfriLabs New hubs

  • Novation City in Morocco
  • Privilege Access in Cameroon
  • Eureka Geo in Cameroon
  • Cube Zanzibar in Tanzania
  • Thousand Hills Hub in Uganda
  • Somaliland Innovation Zone (SIZ) in Somaliland
  • Southwest Innovation Hub in Nigeria
  • Kabarak University Innovation and Business Incubation Center in Kenya
  • Moolu Venture Lab in Nigeria
  • The Stalwart Hub in Ghana
  • Platinum Hub in South Africa
  • Ubulu Africa in Nigeria
  • Hebron Startup Lab in Ghana
  • WAN-Hive Ghana
  • Green Tech Innovation in South Africa
  • Royal Science and Technology Park-Business Incubator (RSTP) in South Africa

AfriLabs expansion is a significant step taken towards the growth and development of the African digital economy, which will help to create a more connected and vibrant innovation ecosystem on the African continent.

Founded in 2011, AfriLabs has made significant contributions to Africa’s digital ecosystem by fostering innovation, supporting startups, and promoting collaboration among various stakeholders in the technology and entrepreneurship sectors.

Some of the key contributions of AfriLabs to Africa’s digital ecosystem include:

  1. Supporting Startup Growth: AfriLabs provides a platform for startups to access resources, mentorship, training, and funding opportunities. By offering a conducive environment for innovation, these startups can develop their ideas and products, leading to the growth of homegrown solutions to local and global challenges.
  2. Networking and Collaboration: AfriLabs connects a diverse network of innovation hubs, co-working spaces, and tech communities across the continent. This connectivity facilitates knowledge sharing, collaboration, and the exchange of best practices among different regions, helping to create a more unified and robust digital ecosystem.
  3. Capacity Building: AfriLabs organizes workshops, training programs, and events that equip entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the tech industry. These capacity-building initiatives contribute to the development of a skilled workforce and promote technology-driven entrepreneurship.
  4. Access to Funding: Through partnerships, events, and programs, AfriLabs provides startups with opportunities to access funding from investors, venture capitalists, and other sources. This financial support is crucial for startups to scale their operations and bring their products to market.
  5. Showcasing African Innovation: AfriLabs showcases African startups and innovations on a global stage, increasing their visibility and promoting a positive image of African technology and entrepreneurship.

Overall, AfriLabs has continued to play a crucial role in catalyzing the growth of Africa’s digital ecosystem by creating a network of support, knowledge sharing, and resources for startups and tech entrepreneurs across the continent.

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