At the end of the long anticipated Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015, major developments were made in efforts to support emerging innovators as well as entrepreneurs. From the summit, IBM announced a new innovation and collaboration space at iHub – the heart of Nairobi’s tech community. The laboratory will be an open working environment for software developers and start-ups designed to foster entrepreneurial business growth and provide open access to IBM’s years of global expertise in technology-based innovation.
The space will provide early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups with access to IBM expertise, education and technology tools – especially in the areas of cloud, Big Data analytics, mobile and security. The IBM Innovation Space @ iHub, the first of its kind in Africa,is set to give a boost to the fast growing tech entrepreneur ecosystem in Kenya and beyond.The innovation space will be open to 17,000 members allowing them to drop in and get insight, advice and training from IBM experts in business and technology including scientists from IBM’s Africa research lab. IBM will also conduct monthly workshops and events for developers who will also be able to join the IBM Global Entrepreneur program through which they can qualify for free access to IBM Cloud services and get credits for Bluemix, IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service, as well as SoftLayer infrastructure.
The IBM Innovation Space @ iHub, Nairobi will be open from August 2015 and follows in the footsteps of similar spaces in New York, Boston, Uberaba (Brazil), Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Bangalore, New Delhi and Singapore. Nairobi marks the first IBM Innovation Space in Africa with others to follow in the coming months in line with IBM’s investment into innovation ecosystems across the continent.
IBM has operated in Africa for almost 100 years. Today its operations have spread to 24 countries including South Africa, Morocco,Egypt,Nigeria, Ghana,Angola,Kenya and Tanzania.Nairobi is also home to IBM Research – Africa: IBM’s 12th global research lab and the first industrial research facility on the continent of Africa. With facilities in Kenya and South Africa, IBM Research – Africa is driving innovation by developing commercially-viable solutions to transform lives and spark new business opportunities in key areas such as water, agriculture, transportation, healthcare, financial inclusion, education, energy, security and e-government.