We are beyond ecstatic about AfriLabs expanding its network. We look forward to carrying out more projects with our partners and members across Africa to support these hubs and the start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators in their communities achieve even greater impact. We look forward to a borderless and advanced Africa and members of our network collaborating to make this dream a reality – Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs.
Afrilabs is a Pan African network of hubs spread across 30 African countries. Members are located in Africa, have been operating for at least 6 months prior to applying to join the network, are registered as a legal entity and maintain a focus on two out of three of the following - entrepreneurship, innovation and technology.
Afrilabs members enjoy several benefits including access to an Afrilabs passport that grants them privileged access to member hubs across the continent, connections with other hubs and opportunities for collaboration, capacity building for hub managers and startups and engagement of public and private sector stakeholders.
The spirit of Pan Africanism and community is the driving force behind Afrilabs. Afrilabs was founded in 2011, one year after the iHub, to build a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs. There exist brilliant , growing, innovative communities across Africa. Afrilabs provides an opportunity to cross pollinate, to learn from each other, to impact policy and to collaborate and have greater impact on economies across Africa proving that we are indeed stronger together.
Afrilabs has constituted a community of problem solvers armed with the ingenuity to tackle Africa’s problems by building market relevant and scalable solutions. The hubs serve as centres of excellence and with coverage of 30 countries spread across the African continent, it’s impact will be insurmountable.
The Afrilabs annual gathering is coming up soon! It’s an opportunity for member hubs, corporates, investors, academia, government and developmental agencies to convene and network. This year's gathering is organised in collaboration with Sahara Sparks and will be held from 11th to 13th October 2018 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. If you would like to learn more about the gathering, partnership and sponsorship, please register here.