Augmenting Tech's Transformation of Sub-Saharan Africa
Read our article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review
NEWS & FEATURES
Building Resilient African Digital Economies post-COVID – Focus on Nigeria
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, has 90 tech hubs -- the most on the continent. In recent years, the country has become an incubator for some of the continent's most prominent startups -- including Paystack, Flutterwave and Andela to mention a few.
The result is a generation of tech entrepreneurs whose startups and innovations have been helping to improve the lives of people in Nigeria and beyond. But then COVID-19 struck and has since ushered us all into the most dramatic digital transformation in a generation!
Across continents, people have had to adapt to a ‘new normal’. Digital is the new “oil”, as they say.
From remote working capabilities to new business models and innovations, digital technologies have captured our attention and boosted certain sections of the digital economy.
But has this transformation benefited everyone? Are we all ready to take the opportunities that digitalisation has brought with it? Specifically, how has this ‘new normal’ impacted African startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs?
We will focus our attention on Nigeria in this edition.
To join the discussion, register here.
Building Resilient African Digital Economies post-COVID – Focus on Ghana
COVID-19 has ushered us all into the most dramatic digital transformation in a generation! From remote working capabilities to new business models and innovations, digital technologies have captured our attention and boosted certain sections of the digital economy. But has this transformation benefited everyone?
How has this ‘new normal’ impacted African startups, SMEs and entrepreneurs? What about post-COVID? Are Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) ready to support African economies to take advantage of the new digital era?
To help us understand the capacity needs of DIHs in Africa, ATBN in partnership with HapaSpace and AfriConEU, the first Trans-continental Networking Academy for African and European Digital Innovation Hubs, will host a virtual roundtable under the theme:
“Building Resilient African Digital Economies post-COVID – The role of Innovation Hubs”
This event seeks to understand how hubs can be better supported to help African economies harness the digital opportunities that are arising and to catalyse innovation on the continent. Register here.
ATBN is proud to be part of a consortium of 11 African and European partners working to launch a networking academy for Digital Innovation Hubs across the two regions. The AfriConEu project will connect DIHs from Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania with DIHs from Europe with the aim to (i) facilitate knowledge and experience sharing, (ii) drive the development of mutually beneficial partnerships and (iii) support the creation of collective projects for boosting digital economy, empowering youth and fostering innovation and growth. Read more
ATBN is a delivery partner of the "Bridging the digital gender divide to stimulate African digital economies" project funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Global Challenges Research Fund. As part of the project, we helped establish Coalition for Digital Equality (CODE), a network connecting African digital ecosystem stakeholders with UK academic and industry partners to collaborate in addressing digital gender divide and create sustainable growth opportunities in Africa.
ATBN interviewed Africa tech players in Kenya, Ghana & UK about the challenges facing the ecosystem. In this Stanford Social Innovation Review article, we share our recommendations on how impact finance can help to drive sustainable growth in the sector. Read more
ATBN received a Design Foundations grant from Innovate UK to design a platform connecting UK investors to African tech startups and opportunities. In this article, we share our learning process and how the funding helped us achieve our goals. Read more
Sign up to get our latest news, insights and stay up to date with our upcoming events, courses & programmes