Catalysing Tech Innovation Across Sub-Saharan Africa

Awarded on 5 May 2016

Sensi Company Ltd

Sierra Leone

Democratic participation and civil society, Information and Communication Technology

Grant amount £10,833.96

It’s been all go on this end with the Technology Innovation Hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa fund.  We’ve invited a select group of hubs to submit proposals, including some of the hubs we’ve worked with for some time, as well as some new players.  We’ll be awarding core funding grants for more established spaces, as well as providing seed funding to a few groups who are at the beginning of their journey.  Watch this space to find out more….

We’ve also awarded new grants to 5 organisations.  Activ Spaces (Cameroon), Hive Colab (Uganda) and iSpace (Ghana) received in 27,355 Euros (equivalent to £21,558
sterling at today’s exchange rate) each in core funding while mHub (Malawi) and Sensi (Sierra Leone) received seed grants of 13,677 Euros (equivalent to £10,814 sterling).  These grants contribute towards proposals submitted in partnership with Hivos, who contributed 15, 045 Euros to eeach of the core grantees and 6,834 Euros towards the seed grants.

As well as helping these organisations cover their general expenses, the various spaces are exploring new ways to spark innovation.  Activ Spaces will be running an incubation programme and working towards increasing female participation.  Hive Colab will be exploring ways to increase social innovation, including user centred design approaches and iSpace will be running the Unlocked series to support budding entrepreneurs with all their business needs.  They also hope to identify potential investors for products their community develop.

mHub will be upskilling its community through start-up camps, mobile application development workshops, entrepreneur clinics and pitching events while Sensi will continue its community building activities and host events aimed at stimulating both social and commercial innovation.  We’ll be updating you on their progress later in the year.

Next in this series……what have these hubs achieved to date?…..