Tech hub group AfriLabs secures R648 000

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AfriLabs, the umbrella organisation which helps to organise and direct the growing network of African Tech Hubs has received a funding injection of 50 000 EUROs (R648 000) from the Indigo Trust and the Hivos Foundation. It’s a welcome shot in the arm for the organisation, which was founded in 2011 but has just one full-time member of staff, Director Tayo Akinyemi.

Members of AfriLabs include Johannesburg’s JoziHub and RLabs in Cape Town as well as iHub in Nairobi, icecairo and Uganda’s Hive Colab. Its mission is to share best practices among the established hubs and help smaller organisations develop more entrepreneurs and social enterprises. If it’s interesting in African tech right now, the chances are that AfriLabs and one of its members is involved – so congratulations to them all.

Image credit: Jokkalabs Saint-Louis

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar,, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.