Power to the hubs
The Joint Hub Fund Programme has awarded grants to Cameroon’s ActivSpaces, Uganda’s HiveColan, Ghana’s iSpace and Tanzania’s KINU technology incubators to help them deliver sustainable entrepreneurship. Over €370,000 will be disbursed to the four hubs to support entrepreneurs with a social mission in developing their business plans, as well as identifying potential investors. The initiative is backed by Hivos, the DOEN Foundation and the Indigo Trust.
“With this partnership, we hope to boost the development of tech ecosystems in Africa, and by supporting young innovators, entrepreneurs and technologists, we are also playing an important part in promoting the growth of the continent,” said Tanya Lubbers, Hivos director in Southern Africa.
Hivos has already provided support for a number of African tech hubs including Nairobi’s iHub. Nairobi is the only city on the continent to feature in the Smart21 intelligent cities listing from the Intelligent Community Forum. The ranking looks at how communities use innovation, education and technology to solve problems, as well as at levels of digital inclusion.