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List of Business Incubators in Africa

What is a business incubator?

A business incubator is the company that helps startups to develop themselves by providing office spaces, managerial training and financial training.Business Incubators helps startups at their earliest stage of developments.

Here is the list of business incubators found in Africa

Dar Teknohama Business Incubator(Tanzania)

Dar technohama bussiness also known as dtbi is located in Tanzania.It is owned by the Commission of science and Technology of Tanzanian Government.It has produces major sucsessfull companies in Tanzania like Sartcodes Limited, Digital Brain,DayOne Softcome Technologies, Maxcom Africa Limited and Wilson Raphael.

Their initial Partners are Vodacom Tanzania,COSTECH and infoDev.

iHub (Kenya)

This is the largest business incubator located in Kenya.It is described as part for Investors and VCs and part incubator.It has total 1056 members and 152 companies. M-farm was born at iHub, with the main goa of empowering farmers with real time infos. The main partners of iHub is Intel, Google,Samsung and many others.

Outbox(Uganda)

This incubator target developers, designers,entrepreneurs,venture capitalists,and investor.They have many companies on Board such as`Kola Studios (developers and publishers for mobile games for web,smartphone and tablets). Codesync a one stop music store for african musicians.Its major sponsor is Google for Entrepreneurs.

iLab (Liberia)

iLab Liberia is a non-profit computer laboratory that provides access to technology and IT expertise to benefit the country.

This initiative is focused on information sharing and also hosts tech events and network facility through which tech enthusiasts can engage with each other and ICT professionals.

This Lab was co-founded by John Etherton, the lead technical consultant for iLab Liberia, and Kate Cummings, Executive Director.

There are a host of collaborators affiliated to the iLab, including Google, the Georgia Institute of Technology and UN Volunteers

iceAddis (Ethiopia)

Ethiopian university-based innovation hub, incubator and business accelerator IceAddis is based on the idea of combining innovation with collaboration and entrepreneurship.

It has been established to foster collaboration between stakeholders in the country’s developing ICT space, including academia, technology industry, the government and wider private sector.

IceAddis is reported to have more than 500 active members, a community of budding entrepreneurs and developers who leverage off the Hub’s mentorship and training programmes.

The innovation hub ( South Africa)

The Innovation Hub’s status as Africa’s first internationally accredited Science and Technology Park. It is a subsidiary of the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency, an agency of the Gauteng Department of Economic Development.

The Innovation Hub covers several key sectors including IT, Biosciences, Green Technologies and Industrials.

The organistion is home to 47 businesses. These are made up of fledgling companies who utilise the Innovation Hub’s Business Incubator Program, including access to complimentary Wi-Fi connectivity and mentorship, as well as businesses looking to invest in commercial space to benefit by being part of a networked community of peers.

The Innovation Hub is behind the launch of ground-breaking initiatives including the Gauteng Accelerator Programme, an initiative designed to build entrepreneurial skills in the biosciences sector.

It also breathed life into the Open Innovation Solution Exchange, a web-based platform that connects innovators with solution seekers to tackle service delivery in government and increase competitiveness in the private sector

Botswana Innovation Hub  (Botswana)

Established in 2006, The Botswana Innovation Hub is focused on key sectors including ICT, bio-tech, energy and environment, as well as mining. The Hub came about as a result of the realisation of the Botswana Excellence Strategy which had as its foundation a national strategy for diversification of the country’s economy, job creation and the pursuit of a knowledge-based economy.

Several companies and partners have registered with the Botswana Innovation Hub, including Southern Mapping Company Botswana(Pty) Ltd., the University of Botswana, as well as a citizen-owned startup company called Kaelekae, focused on the provision of mobile phone-based platforms for social networking and marketing.

This Hub is run by a board of directors, chaired by Mr Daniel Neo

AfriLabs (online networked)

This network organisation was established in 2010 to promote the growth and development ofAfrica’s technology sector.

This community is behind the successful implementation of the Apps4Africa competition and is also credited with the establishment of Hive Colab as the leading open collaboration space in Kampala, Uganda.

Hivos, an international development organisation, is listed as a partner of AfriLabs.

At present the AfriLab network comprises 14 hubs and labs acrossAfrica

BongoHive (Zambia)

Lusaka-based BongoHive is a technology and Innovation Hub set up in May 2011, established to provide an area for the local tech community to network and engage each other.

BongoHive has collaborated with a social media management and content creation agency called C1RCA1964 to facilitate and advertise the relevance of Tweet Up Fundraiser. This initiative aimed at grouping online resources and people to help raise funds for important causes, including HIV prevention.

It is also home to Bantu Babel, an African language translation app, developed by Randon Hacks of Kindness hackathon, the Peace Corp Innovation Challenge hackathon held at BongoHive in December 2012.

According to its website, its activity is focused on three key aspects including innovation, creativity and sustainability.

Membership is free, however members must agree to specific development methods used at Lusaka’s Innovation Hub.

Co-Creation Hub (Nigeria)

Described as a social innovation centre, the Co-Creation Hub is focused on the strategic use of social capital and technology to boost Nigeria’s economy.

Bosun Tijani is the Hub’s CEO and co-founder. He leads a team of specialists in the rollout of programmes including Tech-In Series, Developers Parapo and the Nokia-CcHUB Growth Academy.

Seedstars Lagos, part of a global initiative launched by Swiss company, Seedstars SA, is hosted by CcHUB and is focused on identifying the best start-up in fast-growing areas.

Ideas and skills application seems to be a core focus of CcHUB, which, as its website proclaims, has been covered in the media for the desire to house “Nigeria’s next great idea”.

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