The African tech hub boom has arrived if this recent infographic by mHealth Africa is anything to go by. Featuring about 22 tech hubs, the infographic itemizes African tech hubs from Johannesburg to Egypt that are incubating technology entrepreneurs and laying the early foundations for Africa’s coming tech boom. What makes this interesting is that the infographic below is by no means exhaustive. By some estimates, there are over 50 tech hubs, labs, incubators and accelerators in Africa, covering more than 20 countries
Four years ago, prominent African technologist and blogger, Erik Hersman founded the iHub as an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers. His foresight has since inspired many more across the continent and the hub has grown in leaps and bounds since its inception with a membership of over 8,000.
The tech hub phenomenon is changing the face of the continent by providing a space where entrepreneurs and developers can work on interesting projects and hopefully launch high potential startups. In many countries, this was previously unheard of and is a welcome breath of fresh air. Now talented young Africans indeed have a shot at developing the next big thing.
Many of the hubs were birthed from the efforts of visionary Africans who saw a unique need to support the ecosystem in their individual countries. Their early contributions to Africa’s technology evolution will definitely be remembered and appreciated in years to come.