By Tom Jackson
The number of active African tech hubs as grown 40 per cent to 618 in the last 15 months, while hubs are increasingly common in the continent’s smaller markets.
That is according to research conducted in a collaborative effort by Briter Bridges and the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator programme, which defined a tech hub as an organisation with a physical local address that offers facilities and support for tech and digital entrepreneurs.
There are 618 such hubs across Africa right now, up 40 per cent on the 442 identified in last year’s study, according to a blog post co-authored by Briter Bridges founder Dario Giuliani and Sam Ajadi, senior insights manager at the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator.
It identified five tier one cities with between 20 and 40 tech hubs each, namely Lagos, Cairo, Cape Town, Nairobi and Johannesburg. Nigeria and South Africa are the most advanced ecosystems, boasting 85 and 80 active tech hubs respectively, while Kenya has almost 50 tech hubs. There are 56 operating in Egypt.
Casablanca, Accra, Abidjan, Tunis and Abuja were tier two cities, with more than 15 hubs each, while Dakar, Bamako, Kampala, Dar es Salaam and Lomé are the latest emerging cities with more than Click here to read entire article