Liquid Telecom has created an alliance with AfriLabs, the largest network organisation of 100 innovation centres across 30 African countries, to discover new avenues to promote local start-ups and enhance sustainable innovation across the continent.
Liquid Telecom and AfriLabs will launch a number of new joint programmes developed to accelerate growth within the region’s tech start-up communities, thereby stimulating economic growth. Liquid Telecom will provide connectivity to AfriLabs innovation centres located within its fibre footprint, which includes Nairobi Garage in Kenya, Bongohive in Zambia, BUNI in Tanzania and many others.
“Liquid Telecom is passionate about scaling start-ups across Africa. Through our Innovation Partnerships initiative, we’ve already supported many inspirational start-ups over the last year, who are using technology to help solve African problems. This new partnership with AfriLabs will really help push our initiative to the next level – both in terms of raising Liquid Telecom’s profile within Africa’s tech ecosystem and improving our ability to support the region’s start-ups with the resources they need to successfully bring solutions to market,” said Ben Roberts, Group CTIO, Liquid Telecom.
Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs said, “The driving force for the AfriLabs community of innovation hubs is a future of abundant jobs for African youth and African-made technology solutions developed by start-ups solving both local and global problems. AfriLabs is happy to partner with an organisation like Liquid Telecom that shares the same passion to build the African technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem by empowering the youth with valuable tools like internet connectivity, cloud services and access to opportunities to grow their businesses.”