A New Era of Growth: AfriLabs expands its network to 320 innovation hubs in 51 African countries

We are excited to announce that we have crossed 300 member hubs as a community and are now in 51 African countries. As a network organisation that is strengthening innovation across Africa, we understand the importance of having everyone that shares the same vision on board, and that’s why this milestone means a lot to us.

The journey of AfriLabs is one charged with the strength of a connected community. As we celebrate 10 years of existence, this gives us a moment to reflect on our impact through the decade and also to celebrate our commitment and growth so far – from 5 founding hub members to a fast-growing community of 320 innovation hubs in 51 countries!

“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, it’s really amazing to look back at the various milestones achieved over the years and what a way to crown the celebration by gaining access to 51 African countries. This is what a Pan-African community should look like – broad, diverse and inclusive. The future has never been more exciting” said Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director of AfriLabs at the announcement of the new members during the 2021 AfriLabs Annual General Meeting.

We have 28 entries of new hubs spread across the 5 regions of Africa to enable the extension of the network into 8 new cities and 2 new countries. The new countries include the Central African Republic and Sao Tome & Principe. 2 hubs were admitted from North Africa, 5 from East Africa, 12 from West Africa, 5 from Southern Africa, and 4 from Central Africa, making it a total of 28 hubs to be admitted.

Joining us from North Africa is 302labs Coworking Space in Cairo, Egypt, and H.SEVEN in Casablanca, Morocco.

Baraza Media Lab – Nairobi, Kenya, Barkulan Coworking and Innovation Hub – Hargeysa, Somaliland, Winam Capital – Kisumu, Kenya, STEM Impact Centre – Nairobi, Kenya, and iVenture Africa – Kampala, Uganda from East Africa.

“I am extremely excited to expand my network. The opportunities to meet with African entrepreneurs are limited in Somaliland and I hope to come stronger with inspirations and ways to build an ecosystem here” said Ahmed Omer, founder of Barkulan Hub.

Centre for Social Innovations (CSI) – Kumasi, Ghana, Agrico Hub – Techiman, Ghana, Social Entrepreneurship Hub – Takoradi, Ghana, Africa ICT Right – Accra, Ghana, Dansyn Innovation Social Organization (Dansyn ISO) – Bolgatanga/ Upper East Region, Ghana, Engausa Global Technologies Hub – Kano, Nigeria, Hamplus Technologies Int’l [Hamplus Hub] – Abraka, Nigeria, KeoLID Innovation Hub – Ouagadougou, Bobo-dioulasso, and Koudougou, Burkina Faso, Wootlab Innovations Limited – Abuja, Nigeria, Guzakuza – Accra, Ghana and Rhotel House of Innovation – Monrovia, Liberia and The Bulb, Lagos, Nigeria have joined the network from West Africa.

We have Africa Beyond 4IR – Pretoria, South Africa, WECREATE Zambia – Lusaka, Zambia, NyamukAfrica – Lusaka, Zambia, WomHub – Johannesburg, South Africa and MSU Innovation Hub – Gweru, Zimbabwe from Southern Africa become a part of our network.

From Central Africa, we have O’Botama – Yaoundé, Cameroun, Centrafrique Tech – Bangui, Central African Republic, Hardware Innovation Valley Community – Buea, Cameroon and SOW Hub Ecosistema d Startup – São Tomé, São Tomé e Príncipe.

Yunika Robert Bellarmine N., Co-Founder & President of Hardware Innovation Valley Community (HIVC) said: “Being actors in technology requires an extension of one’s action to a community of a bigger network hence creating a greater possibility for impact as tech hubs and innovators. Being part of this formidable AfriLabs network is equated to stepping on one’s feet on a platform of reputable transformation. As Co-Founder and Lead of Hardware Innovation Valley Community Hub, I will say on behalf of my team that this is a very exciting start to endless opportunities and collaborations.”

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A New Era of Growth: AfriLabs expands its network to 320 innovation hubs in 51 African countries