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AfriLabs, a pan-African network of technology and innovation centres, has announced that it has added 27 new hubs in six countries — namely Botswana, Guinea, Libya, Mauritius, South Sudan and Tunisia.
The organisation also announced in a statement yesterday (10 June) that it has also added new hubs in 12 cities across the continent.
The addition of the new centres brings the total number of hubs in AfriLabs network to 158 in 45 African countries.
With the addition of the new hubs, AfriLabs now has a footprint in 45 of the 55 countries on the continent
AfriLabs executive director Anna Ekeledo, commenting in the same statement, said the organisation was excited to have new the new members join its “ever growing family”.
Ekeledo added that by extending AfriLabs reach to these new countries, it brings the organisation closer to its goal of having its community span across all 55 African countries.
“We believe that in reaching this goal, we are moving closer to an integrated and prosperous continent fostered by open collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship driven by hubs and their communities across Africa, she said.
AfriLabs new hubs are as follows:
Botswana: Botswana Innovation Hub
Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso Incubator
Cameroon: Ocean Innovation Centre
Egypt: GESR-MEK Cairo, Maamal for Development
Guinea: Incubateur Sboutech
Ghana: Grassroots Hub
Libya: Tatweer Research
Mali: Mali Business Innovation and Incubation Centre
Mauritius: Mauritius Business Network
Morocco: Le Wagon
South Sudan: Ataka Hub
Tunisia: CoZi Coworking Café Djerba
Uganda: Design Hub Kampala
Zimbabwe: Impact Hub Harare, Startup Bulawayo
Design Hub Kampala founder Jantien Zuurbier, commenting in the same statement, said being a member of AfriLabs gives the hub a “great opportunity” to expand its network beyond the creative sector and across the continent.
“We hope to engage in meaningful synergies between the tech and creative ecosystems and share similar experiences as co-working spaces, said Zuurbier.
Featured image: Port Louis, Mauritius (freakyyash via Flickr)