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AfriLabs adds 27 new hubs in six African countries

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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.

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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

Kenya: Pangea Accelerator, Mt Kenya Hub

LibyaTatweer Research

Mali: Mali Business Innovation and Incubation Centre

Mauritius: Mauritius Business Network

MoroccoLe Wagon

Nigeria: Roar Nigeria Hub, Ennovate Lab, Nicademia Hub, TVCLabs, and Devamplify Hub

Somalia: HarHub

South Sudan: Ataka Hub

TunisiaCoZi 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.

Read moreAfriLabs Annual Gathering 2019 set for October in Addis Ababa

Featured image: Port Louis, Mauritius (freakyyash via Flickr) 

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