AfriLabs, a pan-African innovation hub network, has added 24 new members, bringing its total membership to 292 across 49 countries.
AfriLabs is a network of technological innovation hubs on the continent that was founded in 2011 with the mission of supporting the expansion of these hubs and their communities in order to create high-potential entrepreneurs who will promote Africa’s economic growth and social development.
AfriLabs’ network has grown to include seven new cities as a result of the new additions.
“As we get closer to our goal of building a thriving innovation economy in Africa, it gives us great pleasure that we have been able to gain entrance into seven cities and grow the community to 292 hubs and we are super excited for the endless opportunities these new additions will bring,” said Kenechukwu Chukwu, member services manager at AfriLabs.
New members from West Africa are Black Innovations Africa – Jos, Nigeria; Mentors Innovation Hub – Yola, Nigeria; Grazac – Abeokuta, Nigeria; Opolo Global Innovation – Lagos, Nigeria; Edufun Technik STEM Hub – Onitsha, Nigeria; Data Science, Nigeria; Ado Business Incubation Centre (ABIC Hub) – Onitsha, Nigeria; iValley Ghana – Damongo, Ghana; Ghana Innovation Hub – Accra, Ghana; Tamale International Hub – Tamale, Ghana; Start-Up SME Centres – Kumasi, Ghana; North East Innovation Hub – Walewale, Ghana; Eastern Tech Hub – Koforidua, Ghana; Expert’labs Mali – Bamako, Mali; Fondation Jeunesse Numérique – Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast; Le Boukarou – Douala, Cameroon; and Mahna – Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Konetahub (Juba, South Sudan) and Collective Lab (Tunis, Tunisia) join from Northern Africa, REDHub (Durban, South Africa) from Southern Africa, while East African additions are Techbuzz Hub – Kampala, Uganda; Future Females Invest – Beau Plan, Mauritius; Kiota Hub – Iringa, Tanzania; and AMCET Innovation Hub – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.