African In­no­va­tion Eco- sys­tem Tak­ing Shape

Southern Innovator - - WASTE -

As web­sites such as Afrigad­get (afrigad­get.com) am­ply prove, there is al­ready an en­trenched do-it-your­self in­no­va­tion cul­ture hard­wired into daily life on the con­ti­nent.

But now new tech­nolo­gies will also ac­cel­er­ate the spread of new ideas and so­lu­tions.

Iden­ti­fy­ing the el­e­ments that are mak­ing this in­no­va­tion cul­ture flour­ish came un­der anal­y­sis in a re­cent post on the Afrin­no­va­tor web­site (afrin­no­va­tor.com).

Afrin­no­va­tor ar­gues that there are four el­e­ments that have come to­gether to change cir­cum­stances for in­no­va­tors on the con­ti­nent: ed­u­ca­tion, men­tor­ing and in­cu­ba­tors, fund­ing and show­case events.

Afrin­no­va­tor con­cludes: “This is the last vir­gin tech land­scape left on the planet. The best time to be­come a player in the African tech­nol­ogy in­no­va­tion ecosys­tem is now.” – (July 2012)

Im­age: ihub Nairobi (ihub.co.ke)

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