Organisation: ActivSpaces

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 […]

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We are very excited to be working alongside OSIWA and the Queen’s Young Leaders programme to support technology innovation hubs across Africa. Earlier this year, we were busy assessing applications from 11 hubs, all of which are doing exciting work in the tech world. In the end, nine hubs were awarded funding to support their […]

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The support offered by technology innovation hubs can be crucial for new start-ups. Hubs run loads of activities to support technologists and budding entrepreneurs including training and mentorship programmes, helping connect technologists to stakeholders and teaching kids to code. I wanted to share stories of some of the exciting start-ups coming out of the tech […]

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As you may know, Indigo has been working alongside DOEN Foundation and Hivos Foundation running a fund to support tech innovation hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa. We believe that the best solutions to challenges are often devised locally. Through supporting technology innovation hubs, the fund aims to bring together, upskill and grow technology communities in African […]

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Last week, human rights organisation Huridocs’ Friedhelm Weinberg interviewed me about Indigo Trust’s work. If you’re interested in learning more about why we do what we do, why a well known trust uses a free WordPress blog as their website or about successes and challenges from the field, look no further. You can also gain […]

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Just before Christmas we asked many of our grantees about their biggest successes and challenges over the course of 2012. Here’s what ActivSpaces – a two-time Indigo grantee –  had to say:

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As many of you may know, we have been supporting technology innovation and incubation hubs across Africa over the last 18 months. According to the Africa Hubs Crowdmap there are some 70+ hubs of various types across the continent. These range from technology hubs and business incubators to hackerspaces and university tech labs. In essence, […]

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Cameroon’s tech scene is still in its infancy.  It’s a tough environment to work in as the mobile network often goes down, the internet is slow and prohibitively expensive and the vast amounts of corruption and bureaucracy make it a challenging environment for entrepreneurs.  Nonetheless, there is a small, but thriving tech community and they […]

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Our friends at ActivSpaces recently provided us with some updates on what they’ve been up to and some great photos to match. It certainly seems like they’ve been busy over the last few months, organising everything from “computational thinking” workshops for Cameroonian teens to social media training for social entrepreneurs. In any event, here’s a […]

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ActivSpaces in Cameroon provides ‘an open space for technologists, investors, tech companies and local innovators’ to get together, discuss and collaborate. Business incubators such as this provide homegrown tech talents and entrepreneurs with a much needed opportunity to get their ideas off the ground. Innovative companies such as Kenya’s mobile money platform, M-Pesa, show that good […]

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