iHub Research Gets Funding For ICT Hubs Study

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iHub
  Published 14th August 2012
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We are glad to announce that iHub Research has received a grant awardof GBP 10,000 funding from IndigoTrust. This grant will be used toaccelerate the on-going snapshot research study on ICT Hubs/Labsaround Africa (AfriLabs and others). The objective of the study is tounderstand the models of the Hubs/Labs, its entrepreneurs and thesustainable impact of these Hubs/Labs in spurring innovations thatimprove livelihoods. We are looking for more avenues for financialhelp to accelerate the research study.
The goal is to collaborate with these Hubs/Labs in the long term inorder to iterate and conduct phased studies as their models keepchanging and evolving. In addition, generate findings that can helpthem learn from each other through collaborative efforts that willbenefit their members for successful implementation plan. (To readthe full report on Hive Colab model, visit here!)
‘We’re delighted to award a grant to iHub towards the research which they are conducting in order to determine the attributes which contribute towards the success of a hub.  It’s fantastic that they are taking the time to probe more deeply into the wide variety of projects which are being supported by hubs and to better understand the business models and strategies of the various hubs. We are also aware that hubs are operating in dramatically different contexts and budgets and it will be useful to ascertain the differences and similarities between hubs in different locations. We wish the team every success in this valuable endeavour.’ Dr Loren Treisman, Executive, The Indigo Trust.
Indigo Trust

The ICT Hubs have also created opportunities for young people withhigh tech skills such as software engineering, design, anddevelopment. Many of these skills are being nurtured in theInformation Communication (ICT) hubs, where technology-orientedindividuals gather and collaborate. However, little inquiry has beendone to understand the various ICT Hub models developing all overAfrica, and how such factors influence the entrepreneurs and thesustainability of the spaces. iHub Research aims to fill this dearthof information.

The scope of the study is 15 Hubs. The first ICT Hub of the 15 hubs to be profiled within this study series wasiHub, Nairobi’s innovation Hub for the Technology Community. The second Hub that forms part of the study is Hive Colab in Uganda. Each Hub that forms part of this study, will take approximately 2-3 months to complete the overall snapshotstudy. This will involve a phased out process of data collection,analysis and reporting each Hub/Lab at a time.

Hive Colab Uganda

Thereafter, the snapshot studies will be aggregated to a final reportthat will draw the findings of all the 15 Hubs/Labs. Before therelease of the final report of all the Hubs, constant follow ups andfeedback will be made to continuously amend any major changes beforepublishing the combined report that will summarize the key findings,unique similarities and differences and how/what the Hubs/Labs canlearn from each other.

iHub Research welcomes the collaboration of the other Hubs/Labs aroundAfrica to join and be part of this study in order to generate anecosystem of joint collaboration and learn from each other.Partnerships between ICT Hubs can play a key role in enhancing realgrowth and success to the entrepreneurs as they provide a conduit forthe spillover of knowledge from one Hub to another. Knowledge iscreated and transformed into innovative activity, which enhances the competitiveness of an industry and a country’s economy to grow very fast.

To read the full report on Hive Colab model, visit here!

If you are a Hub/Lab around Africa and you want to collaborate withiHub Research on the ICT Hubs project, contact us athilda@ihub.co.ke

 

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