…Creates 13,000 techprenuers, to spend $11m in Rwanda

Fostering regional technology ecosystem in Africa, Nigeria’s Co-creation hub (CcHUB), on Monday, unveiled the ‘CcHUB Design Lab’ in Kigali, Rwanda.

The lab is expected to further strengthen Nigeria as a leading technology power house in sub-Saharan Africa through the export of its indigenous expertise.

Besides, the lab will also facilitate cross-fertilisation of ideas from Nigeria to East Africa and then Africa as a whole. The Kigali lab is expected to help creates more technology entrepreneurs in Africa,

The design lab is an unprecedented next step in Africa’s growing tech sector, and is set to become a leading creative space where its multidisciplinary team of product designers and engineers will collaborate with scientists and stakeholders globally, to explore the application of emerging technologies that will solve Africa’s systemic problems in public health, education, governance and the private sector.

The new lab sees CcHUB, the innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity; expand its physical presence to another African country, for the first time in its eight year history. CcHUB is now looking to partner with both public and private industry bodies from across the continent.

Since launching in 2011, CcHUB has built a community of over 13,000 technologists, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, and has incubated and provided support to a portfolio of over 110 early stage ventures providing solutions to social problems with technology. With the expansion, CcHUB plans to invest approximately $11 million in Rwanda.

Commenting on the launch, the Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda, Paula Ingabire, said: “CcHUB’s expansion into Kigali, marked with the launch of the Design Lab today, is an exciting landmark for Rwanda’s burgeoning tech community. Rwanda is keen on collaborating with world-class partners to establish ourselves as a leading destination that nurtures innovation-driven enterprises. We see technology as an integral gateway and means of developing society – an ethos and mission shared by CcHUB. As we strive to become a knowledge-based economy, we will continue to build long-lasting, strategic partnerships that celebrate excellence, forge ahead with progress and that are, essentially, a force for good that will impact thousands of people across the continent.”

With an unrivalled track record of supporting tech-enabled companies connected with civic society, CcHUB boasts a pre-incubation portfolio of over 60 companies, including digital blood bank, Lifebank, Budgit, and others.

The Design Lab, which further reinforces CcHUB’s commitment to solving Africa’s biggest development and social challenges, will be powered by a multidisciplinary design team of designers and engineers.