Ushahidi co-founder/blogger, Erik Hersman has an interesting post about the iHub that other tech hub leaders around the continent can learn from.
Erik emphasizes the importance of building a sense of community. He blogs about the importance of the hub’s layout and design in facilitating this, the impact of having strong staff/community managers running the hub, the importance of having a credible and influential board of advisors and most importantly, the camaraderie among hub members.
Erik also blogs about the importance of having corporate backing. The iHub has backing from leading brands such as Google, Microsoft and Nokia. In addition to corporate backing, the iHub has strong links with academia and the Government, two players that have likely helped give it legitimacy/credibility.
He sums up his insights by saying:
The success of other tech hubs across Africa will be based on leadership credibility, and ability to engage their community
As countries like Nigeria launch tech hubs and incubators to support, nurture and grow their burgeoning tech communities, it will be nice to adapt best practices from places like Nairobi so as to ensure the success of the hubs.
To read Erik’s post, click here.
Leave your comments on other factors you think might be essential in making tech incubators in Africa successful.