This post was originally published on TNWAfrica by CP-Africa’s Nmachi Jidenma…You can read the full interview via the link below this post.
Interview with Erik Hersman
Nmachi Jidenma: Can you tell us a little bit about the iHub?
Erik Hersman: The iHub, at its very core, is a community of creatives and technologists bound together by a common theme: innovation. We are located near downtown Nairobi and have a fantastic space for our members to work, network, learn, and create. We opened our doors just over a year ago and recently surpassed 3,600 members. It became apparent a few years ago that East Africa, and specifically Nairobi, was going to be a hot-bed for technological innovation in the coming years. It became a reality in March of 2010, and it’s been fantastic to see what our members have done with the space in the short time that we’ve been in existence. It’s a place for investors, corporates, startups and academia to meet.
Nmachi: What are some of the more exciting ideas and initiatives that have come out from the iHub?
Erik: There’s a vast array of ideas and initiatives being formed and built at the iHub every day, but some of the more exciting ones to me are those ideas that I can see visibly changing specific aspects of people’s lives. For example, one of our members Jepchumba launched African Digital Art’s first event, a website which has transformed the digital art space in Africa by giving thousands of artists a platform to showcase their work on, something that was essentially unachievable just a few years ago. Other great examples of companies started, or connections made, include mFarm (a mobile agricultural information tool), Rupu (a Groupon clone for Kenya) and investors found for Eatout.co.ke, among others.
The name that we’ve built has also allowed us to do some pretty exciting things for our members, such as our Fireside Chats, where our members get to hear from top-level CEOs from all over Kenya about their successes, failures, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Recently, we’ve had the privilege of bringing in names such as John Waibochi, CEO of Virtual City Limited, and Michael Joseph, CEO of Safaricom.
Read the full interview on The Next Web Africa here.