One of the great advantages of being based in Cape Town for 6 months is that I am able to work more closely with some of our fabulous grantees. My latest article in the Huffington Post describes how RLabs has transformed addicts and gang members into social entrepreneurs through building hope. Remarkably, they’re generating significant […]
Organisation: RLabs South Africa
The definite highlight of attending Re:publica was the gathering of African Tech Hubs taking place there, organised by AfriLabs. Having recently appointed a new Director Tayo Akinyemi, their role is to strengthen collaboration between Africa’s tech hubs, creating a Pan-African movement and creating mutual benefit by working collectively.
South Africa is a hugely interesting place to work in at the moment. Its constitution and policies are strong and its economy is growing. At the same time, the country faces major obstacles as it rises out of its murky past as a nascent democracy. There are huge economic inequalities. Poverty and challenges in delivering […]
Indigo has made a grant of £15,310 to RLabs South Africa for the establishment, in association with the Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC), of RLabs Namibia. RLabs seeks to provide young technology entrepreneurs with the skills, tools and design training to create socially focussed ICT solutions.
It’s not often that our grantees feature on national TV, but that’s what happened at the official opening ceremony of RLabs Somaliland in Borama. Last year, we awarded RLabs a grant of £11,100 towards the cost of establishing a tech hub in the de facto independent state of Somaliland. When the grant was awarded, RLabs […]
Indigo’s Loren Treisman recently co-authored a piece for Al Jazeera. The article looks at the challenges posed by networking a grassroots coalition of journalists, activists and bloggers both online and offline. It also discusses the work of RLabs and iLab Liberia. You can read the full article here.
In a packed arena, on the third day of Africa.Com in Cape Town, Marlon Parker of RLabs was definitely the highlight of the Service Innovation in a Digital Africa session. He highlighted the natural entrepreneurial spirit and innovation present across Africa, where creativity has arisen naturally out of the struggle to survive. He believes it’s […]
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, […]
With a population of just 3.5 million and an area larger than that of England and Wales combined, the de facto independent state of Somaliland is not a place that many people are familiar with. We were a little surprised, therefore, when RLabs approached us with a proposal to set up an innovation hub there. […]