By Tayo Akinyemi on December 8, 2014
Across Africa up to 200 young tech hub organizations exist, important but without a clear path to long-term survival, writes Tayo Akinyemi, Director of Africa’s tech hub network AfriLabs. What’s the solution to this thorny problem?
In an odd way, hub sustainability is an existential problem. There is a proliferation of African hubs, at least 100, maybe up to 200, depending on who’s counting and how. These entities have a variety of names (tech hub, innovation hub, lab, coworking space), service models (community building, pre-incubation, incubation, acceleration, nexus) and arguably, reasons for being. Most want to create or support tech communities, incubate start-ups, bolster skills, and enhance technical literacy, although the exact formula varies per hub.
However, despite (or perhaps because of), this staggering amount of [...]Continue reading Tech hub sustainability in Africa: a complex challenge that requires a systemic solution »