Afrilabs is registered and ready for business in 2011

ActivSpaces in Buea, Cameroon

Last year, at the launch of the iHub in Nairobi, Bill Zimmerman (ActivSpaces), Jon Gosier (Hive Colab), Erik Hersman (iHub), Bart Lacroix (1% Club) and myself came together to discuss the emergence of technology incubators on the continent. Especially this idea that the labs we see coming online are often independent initiatives i.e. either a single entrepreneur or small group of entrepreneurs coming together to form an open collaboration space for the local tech community.

From our discussions it was made clear that there was not only a need to start working more together but to see how we can support new initiatives just starting out. And at the same time coming to the realization that the entrepreneurs with the best ideas still need support if they are going to successfully transition to market. These are some of the initial motivations that have been transformed into the network organization Afrilabs. We have two primary activities where on one side we are looking to support the development of healthy/sustainable labs and on the other we seek to support the most promising entrepreneurs ready to escape their walls.

We are pleased to announce that the foundation has been registered and we are now working to secure the partners and support we need to roll out a number of exciting plans and activities.

Watch this space, let’s join forces and connect soon!


About zia505

The world is changing right before my eyes. Sometimes I don't know how I will ever keep up. There are so many ideas floating around on this internet. If only I had the means to collect them....

2 responses to “Afrilabs is registered and ready for business in 2011”

  1. Rahel Boon says :

    Dear Ben and everyone else,

    Congradulations guys, this is a great accomplishment. I hope you can extend your activities to other part of East Africa, like Ethiopia. I am active in IT sector myslef, I have an entrepreneurship and outsoucing centre in where young graduates are working for Dutch company (

    anyhow, we will keep in touch

    good luck

  2. paul says :

    its right here in my country and i must thank you for the initiative!!!


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