Lagos has the largest tech hub ecosystem in Africa — GSMA report

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg makes a surprise visit to the Co-creation Hub (CcHub), Lagos in August 2016. Photo courtesy: Pulse Nigeria.

A new report released by GSMA in March 2018 has revealed that Lagos has the largest technology hub ecosystem in Africa, ahead of Cape Town and Nairobi.

With over 440 active tech hubs in Africa, the report finds that five countries, namely, South Africa (59), Nigeria (55), Egypt (34), Kenya (30) and Morocco (25) make up 45% of the total hubs in the region.

But even though South Africa has the most tech hubs in the region, Lagos alone, with 31 tech hubs leads Cape Town (26 tech hubs) and Nairobi (25 tech hubs), making it the African city with the largest cluster of technology hubs.

The leading tech hubs in Lagos are CcHub, MEST, Capital Square, Passion Incubator, Leadpath Nigeria, Impact Hub, iDEA Hub and Wennovation Hub. Meanwhile, Lagos is set to welcome more tech hubs in 2018 with the addition of Facebook’s NG_HUB and Ventures Platform (already in Abuja).

The report also shows that the top three fastest-growing tech hub ecosystems in Africa include the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Tech hubs have been described as physical spaces designed to foster and support tech start-ups, including incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces, fab labs, makerspaces, hackerspaces, and other innovation centres.

In 2016, there were 314 active tech hubs in Africa, according to GSMA. The infographic below provides further details on the report.

[via: GSMA]