Impact Hub has announced eight teams from five countries have been selected to participate in the candidate calls for its Resilience Africa programme, which aims to launch hubs and two types of incubator in six countries – Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya and Sierra Leone.
Disrupt Africa reported in January on the launch of Resilience Africa by Impact Hub, which has 54 hubs across the world with over 7,000 members. The programme, run in partnership with Dutch NGO Cordaid, is looking to train individuals to run Impact Hub Fellowship Programmes and Social Business Incubators (SBI).
Two teams from each of Nairobi, Kenya, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Bujumbura, Burundi, have now been selected, along with one team from each of Kinshasa, DRC, and Freetown, Sierra Leone.
“Africa is a continent brimming with fertile ideas for sparking change – but these ideas cannot happen in isolation,” Impact Hub said.
“All entrepreneurs need resources – space, advice, time, networks, and funding – to help turn their ideas into reality. This is the core purpose of Impact Hub – to connect social entrepreneurs with the resources they need to start making changes from the ground up.”
Impact Hub has been on an expansion push in Africa of late, with Disrupt Africa reporting in December teams from seven countries were selected to take part in its Africa Seed Programme, a six-month incubator designed to support entrepreneurs in opening Impact Hubs across Africa.
The organisation said the seven teams are currently working away on their feasibility studies.