‘Sustainability’ is one of the words you’ll hear more than almost any other in the third sector. For charities, sustainability means being able to pay the bills and their staff, while funders worry that their investments and grants may merely be playing life support for organisations on the brink of collapse. So whichever side of the sustainability fence you’re on, it’s never far from your mind.
For tech and innovation hubs, the problem of sustainability is no less pressing than it is for any other sort of organisation. Indeed, as a new concept tech and innovation hubs are in a more precarious position than most – there’s a lack of understanding of what sustainability looks like for them and there’s not a great deal of experience to go off. That’s why we were proud to support the Hub in a Box Sustainability Conference that took place last week in Cairo. With £10,000 of Indigo funding, we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to this important issue and help bring tech and innovation practitioners together to discuss common challenges and approaches to tackling the issue. We’ll hopefully be reposting some of the outcomes of the work here over the next few weeks – in the meantime, though, head over to the AfriLabs website for more info.