#12: Innovation Hubs (CcHub, iHub & others) - How African incubators, accelerators & co-working spaces are nurturing entrepreneurship and building the tech ecosystem
September 21, 2020
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#12: Innovation Hubs (CcHub, iHub & others) - How African incubators, accelerators & co-working spaces are nurturing entrepreneurship and building the tech ecosystem

Overview: Today, we discuss how African innovation hubs are nurturing entrepreneurship, the history of CCHub / iHub and end with the business models & future of innovation hubs


Companies discussed: CcHub, iHub, Entrepreneur First, Y Combinator (YC), TechStars & Station F


Business concepts discussed: Innovation Hubs & Entrepreneurial support/financing


Conversation highlights:

  • (01:07) - Why innovation hubs / entrepreneur support organizations are important 
  • (02:45) - What are innovation hubs
  • (04:37) - Different types of innovation hubs
  • (15:24) - Private vs Government innovation hubs
  • (18:15) - Challenges faced by  innovation hubs 
  • (19:58) - Problems that African innovation hubs solve 
  • (27:10) - iHub, Kenya - founder, history, incubated startups
  • (31:11) - CcHub - founder, history, incubated startups
  • (40:30) - CcHub acquisition of iHub 
  • (43:30) - Trends across Africa’s innovation hubs
  • (48:50) - Bankole’s overall thoughts and outlook
  • (53:52) - Olumide’s overall thoughts and outlook
  • (58:15) - Bankole and Olumide’s recommendations, small wins & open questions

 

Olumide’s recommendations & small wins:

 

Bankole’s recommendations & small wins:

  • Recommendations: Anatomy of a Swipe by Ahmed Siddiqui - A book about how payment systems work
  • Small win: The weather got much better and I was able to resume going out on walks. 
  • Open question: What kind of innovation hubs would you like to see? Something like Entrepreneur First, or “traditional” hubs like ccHub?
  • Other content: Invest Like the Best episode with founder of Entrepreneur First, Matt Clifford - link
  • Other content: Afrilabs and Briter: Tech Hubs Report Q4 2019 - link


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