Here are 5 tech hubs that launched in East Africa this year

African tech hubs have grown in number by 40% in the last two years.  A total of "442 active incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces" were reported as of early March 2018. This is according to GSMA's Tech Landscape report for the year.  

East Africa alone has seen the launch of at least 5 tech hubs this year. Let's profile them, their services, and membership terms.

Uganda: The Tech Hub

The Tech Hub Incubator is a product of a partnership between Ortus LLP, KTA Advocates, and Techccelarate Company Limited. "We have merged legal sector expertise with business needs for a startup venture," reads a statement on the hub website.

Launched in May 2018, and located at Park Royal Building along Buganda Road in Kampala, the hub provides co-working space, business incubation, acceleration as well as legal support.

Membership starts at UGX 500,000 (about $135) per month for personal full day access or dedicated seating. Dedicated seats for a group of 4 go for UGX 1.8 million (about $500), while a personal virtual office is rated at UGX 300,000 (about $80).

The hub recently hosted a HiiL Justice event.

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Tanzania: Safe Space Co.

Safe Space started in the first quarter of 2017 as a comprehensive community for female entrepreneurs and female-led startups in Tanzania. The hub is located along Haile Selassie road in Dar es Salaam.

It offers desk space for entrepreneurs, individual and group coaching programs, as well as inspiration and support for members.

One can register for a free trial at the hub, after which flexible membership is at $60 per month, while full-time membership is at $150 per month.

Tanzania: Ndoto Hub

Ndoto is a co-working space for meetings and events located along Old Bagamoyo Road in Dar Es Salaam. Like SafeSpaces, the hub also prioritizes empowerment of women and began operations in January 2017.

Young women are offered innovative ideas to learn how to grow and manage their business. This is through an online business development support that is open to supporting anytime and anywhere through subscriptions.

Membership is by registration, and this allows members to meet and network with other business leaders, investors and potential clients through various events and other daily activities.

Tanzania: Seedspace

Also located in Dar es Salaam, Seedspace says that it “offers office solutions that will make companies grow faster”. It launched as the first Seedstar-supported hub in East Africa in July 2018.

The hub accommodates entrepreneurs at idea-stage; already launched startups; and those that are ready-to-scale. These have access to online courses, to Seedstars partners, and IT tools.

Private office membership costs from USD 400/person/month while co-working membership is at USD 150/month.

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Rwanda: Westerwelle Startup Haus - Kigali

Located next to the Kigali Convention Centre, the hub is still testing its services with the official launch to follow soon. There is a trial offer to startups and entrepreneurs to utilize the space until the end of October.

The hub has a capacity of 200 people and membership stretches from individuals using the co-working space to private companies looking to associate with the hub.

Subscription rates are; Flexible Desk at RWF 100.000, Fixed Desk at RWF 200.000 and Private office pricing upon request. Club Memberships for companies that don’t need office space but want to be part of our ecosystem start at RWF50.000.

Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali recently hosted the Seedstars Kigali event and hopes to be at the center of future events.

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