Somalia’s first tech innovation centre: iRise Hub

2/19/2018 11:18:29 AM

Africa has over 300 tech innovation hubs. In many countries, these hubs have been established to transform cities and regions into centres of digital and tech entrepreneurship. Africa’s latest addition to the list in Somalia, where the first community-based tech innovation hub has recently opened its doors in the capital Mogadishu.

Somalia is not the obvious choice for an innovation hub. Other countries have a lot more experience in this area. For example, South Africa has 54 hubs, Egypt has 28, Kenya has 27, Morocco has 21, Ghana has 16, Tunisia has 15, Uganda has 12 and Senegal has 10.

Despite the fact that Somalia is unstable, due to al Shabaab-related incidents, the country finally has its first hub of this kind: the iRise Hub. AfricaNews reports that the centre offers Somali entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, investors, techies and startups the working space to share ideas, connect and collaborate with each other.

The iRise Hub was established by a group of young men that aim to transform Somalia into a digital and tech entrepreneurship hub. The centre allows entrepreneurs access to incubation and training programmes as well as resources to develop their ideas.

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