AfriLabs announces agreeing a strategic partnership with leading pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom, to explore new ways to support local start-ups and promote sustainable innovation across Africa.
From digital skills training and workshops to accelerator competitions, Liquid Telecom and AfriLabs will launch a new series of joint programmes designed to accelerate growth within the region’s tech start-up communities, ultimately helping to stimulate economic growth, AfriLabs says.
As part of the agreement, Liquid Telecom will deliver connectivity to AfriLabs innovation centres located within its fibre footprint, which includes Nairobi Garage in Kenya, Bongohive in Zambia, BUNI hub in Tanzania and many more.
Cloud computing is the foundation for all technology innovation and Liquid Telecom will provide start-ups with access to critical development tools by leveraging the Microsoft Azure platform as well as the software developer platform, GitHub, which was recently acquired by Microsoft.
Leveraging Liquid Telecom’s infrastructure, partner network and market presence across Africa, start-ups will be able to develop and scale up their solutions with help from the Liquid team.
AfriLabs hub members will also be able to access Liquid Telecom’s digital skills training platform, which focuses on key 4th Industrial Revolution skills, such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning, Game development and Cloud Computing.
“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. Ben Roberts will be speaking at this year’s AfriLabs Annual Gathering.
“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 organization 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.” – Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs.
About AfriLabs & Liquid Telecom
AfriLabs is a network organization of 100 innovation centers across 30 African countries who support hubs to raise successful entrepreneurs that will create jobs and develop innovative solutions to African problems.
Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa’s largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions and retailers, as well as award winning data storage and communication solutions to businesses across Africa and beyond.
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