Tech hub to grow African entrepreneurs
25 February 2013
A new South African innovation and technology incubator, JoziHub, aims to promote technological development and entrepreneurship, it was announced at the
launch of the project in Johannesburg last week.
It is the city's first technology incubator and was founded by mobile health
technology firm Praekelt Foundation.
"Technology hubs can play a pivotal role in fostering the emergence of a new
generation of African tech entrepreneurs," founder of the Praekelt Foundation,
Gustav Praekelt, said in a statement.
"By providing the training, support, facilities and networks required to enable
entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses, incubators such as
JoziHub can make an immediate and lasting impact on local innovation and
Focus will be given to addressing the country's most pressing social challenges
through the development of internet, social media and mobile
Content streams to cater for markets such as health, arts, environment and
sustainability and women in technology will also be used to help address these
problems, as will the hosting of regular events to bring together experts and
'Creating socially minded ventures'
"For Johannesburg tech entrepreneurs, the world just became smaller and the path
to innovation shorter," said Omidyar Network partner, Stephen King.
Omidyar Network is one of the firms backing the project, along with Google and
ISLabs. Omidyar is a global investment firm which aims to stimulate social and
"Our experience in Silicon Valley, as well as our support of technology hubs in Nairobi
and Lagos, demonstrates the vital role JoziHub will play as an open, living lab where
collaboration among social entrepreneurs and technologists will spark new ideas,
nurture innovation and create socially minded ventures,"
ISLabs is a division of service provider Internet Solutions, established to identify
online projects and help with their development.
JoziHub will work with other hubs across Africa, such as Kenya's iHub, and is planning
to apply to become part of networking organisation AfriLabs.
"Johannesburg has a vibrant community of innovators and world-class thinkers whose
ideas can transform the country and indeed the African continent," Praekelt said.
"At JoziHub we are seeking to harness this energy and allow its vast potential to be
It will be free for entrepreneurs to join and use JoziHub's services for the first three
months in order to drive growth.