Tech innovation hub organisation AfriLabs has signed up 11 new incubators and accelerators to its network. AfriLabs, which was launched in 2011 and now boasts more than 60 members, is looking to build an innovation infrastructure to encourage the growth of Africa’s knowledge economy by supporting start-ups, technology and innovation.
The new network members 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 and Startpreneurs Nigeria.
Anna Ekeledo, head of secretariat at AfriLabs says, “We are constantly looking to partner with tech hubs and other stakeholders of technology related businesses to advocate for collaboration and co-creation, for better enabling policies, access to the right tools, environment and finance to scale in Africa.”
AfriLabs is holding its Smart Cities event in Cairo from 18 to 20 October, with the get-together focusing on centred on using Big Data and Internet-of-Things applications to improve areas such as water/waste management, buildings and infrastructure, energy management, transportation and cybersecurity.