Nigerian co-working space Leadspace has partnered local bank FCMB for the launch of a tech hub in Lagos, in a bid to address infrastructural gaps holding back tech startups.
Disrupt Africa reported in 2016 Nigerian tech accelerator firm Passion Incubator moved into co-working with the launch of the Leadspace office in Lagos.
The launch of the new Hub One co-working space sees Leadspace expand to a second location in Lagos; with the office opened in partnership with FCMB. The duo aim to offer a conducive environment designed to foster collaboration and drive creativity within Nigeria’s tech startup ecosystem.
FCMB said despite the local tech industry growing in leaps and bounds, infrastructural gaps remain, creating the need for affordable tech-enabled spaces where startups can work and share ideas without having to deal with exorbitant overhead costs.
Hub One offers a professional office space with unlimited internet, constant power supply, free coffee and a community of tech entrepreneurs.
“Hub One is designed to engage the tech ecosystem as a means of providing solutions for today and the future,” said Bukola Smith, executive director of business development at FCMB.
The hub will host regular incubation programmes, hackathons and pitching events, and will act as a platform for tech startups.
“Hub One provides necessary infrastructure for tech startups, as well as capacity building events, to enable them focus their limited resources on their business development,” said Olufunbi Falayi, chief executive officer (CEO) of Leadspace.