While Tshwane and Cape Town have traditionally housed the incubators known for innovators and tech entrepreneurs, JoziHub, the city’s first technology incubator dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, has officially launched, calling 44 Stanley in Milpark, Johannesburg its new home.
Founded by the Praekelt Foundation and backed by Omidyar Network, Google and ISlabs, JoziHub will be more than just a physical working space – it aims to become the epicenter for technological development and entrepreneurship in Johannesburg.
“Technology hubs can play a pivotal role in fostering the emergence of a new generation of African tech entrepreneurs,” says Gustav Praekelt, founder of the Praekelt Foundation.
“By providing the training, support, facilities and networks required to enable entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses, incubators such as JoziHub can make an immediate and lasting impact on local innovation and development.”
JoziHub will be the facilitator for interactions and collaborations among various stakeholders such as research, private sector and public institutions, providing a dynamic and far-reaching eco-system for entrepreneurs to drive their initiatives. Emphasis will be placed on the development of Internet, social media and mobile technologies that address the country’s most pressing social challenges.
Go to www.jozihub.org for more information.