In its effort to keep promoting the growth of tech hubs in Africa, AfriLabs (a Pan-African innovation hubs network) has launched the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP), which is strategically aimed at providing hub managers and staff with the skills they need to increase their impact.
AfriLabs is a network of 174 technology innovation hubs across 45 African countries was founded in 2011.
Its mission is to support the growth of hubs and their communities to raise high potential entrepreneurs that will stimulate economic growth and social development in Africa.
Over the years, the organisation has been expanding its tentacles, and notably launched a matching fund in partnership with the African Business Angel Network (ABAN).
It further enhanced its blooming reputation setting in motion the ACBP, a $2.23 million, a 36-month intensive capacity-building programme for hubs, funded by the Agence française de développement (AFD).
Through its survey, AfriLabs has identified those hub founders on the continent and their staff lack access to Africa-tailored content, models and best practices for hub management and startup support, considering the unique and challenging African business environment.
AfriLabs aims to address this challenge through the new Capacity Building Programme (ACBP) initiative with the goal of training over 600 hub managers across Africa online and through practical physical workshops.
The organisation has earmarked 30 physical workshops in 15 African cities, in partnership with Afric’Innov and ABAN, as well as 12 quarterly Hubs Learning Weeks, a series of peer to peer virtual capacity-building webinars.
It will further feature a full Hub Management Certification Course in partnership with a major African University, toolkits on business development and investment management, and SDG meetup grants, as well as other things.
According to Anna Ekeledo, executive director at AfriLabs “We have never before had a Capacity Building project of this scale, depth, and level of engagement executed in the African innovation hub space!
“We are fully committed to working together as a community to ensure maximum success and impact for hubs and startups within and outside the AfriLabs Community” Anna concludes.
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