AfriLabs, the largest pan-African network of technology and innovation hubs and centres, has announced that it has extended into 6 new countries and 12 new cities across Africa. This is after it admitted 27 new hubs into its network.
The new hubs that have been added are countries are Guinea, Mauritius, South Sudan, Libya, Tunisia and Botswana. This brings AfriLabs total membership to 158 Hubs in 45 African Countries.
“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,” said Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs.
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.
At the same time last year AfriLabs announced that it had reached a significant milestone of having a total of a 100 technology and innovation hubs as members of its network. At the time, AfriLabs had members from 30 African countries.
“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” said Soulamane KonKobo, Founder, Burkina Business Incubator Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.