The Joint Technology Hub Fund is delighted to announce its latest round of grants to the following hubs:  ActivSpaces in Cameroon (£25,000), iSpace in Ghana (£25,000), Hive Colab  in Uganda (£25,000), Etrilabs in Benin (£12,250), Iceaddis in Ethiopia (£10,950), mHub in Malawi (£10,900), and HapaSpace in Ghana (£10,900).

At Indigo Trust we recognise one of the biggest challenges facing technology innovation hubs across sub-Saharan Africa is financial sustainability and generating sufficient income; in particular to support social innovation and non-profit focussed work.   This is one of the reasons we are strong believers in the provision of core funding, which can enable hubs to respond to opportunities and grow more organically, whilst stimulating creativity and innovation.

Over the last year Indigo Trust has supported the hubs we fund get together to brainstorm and share learning about how they can generate and diversify new income generating streams.   Some of the ways in which hubs currently raise income is through membership schemes, hiring out their spaces, and offering training and consultancy services. Take Iceaddis which has developed a new income stream creating teaching apps for children; work commissioned by a US-based NGO. You can read in more detail about this work in our report Capturing Learning from Tech Innovation Hubs.

In the year ahead our grants will once again focus on supporting hubs further develop their financial sustainable and long-term futures.