AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP)

The AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP) is a 2 million euro, 36-month intensive capacity building programme for hubs. This project is being carried out thanks to AFD's support through the Digital Africa seed fund.

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The Challenge

Many promising African individuals and groups establish hubs to help build more sustainable and successful startups that are relevant in today’s global economy. However, hub founders on the continent and their staff lack access to Africa-tailored content, models and best practices for hub management and startup support considering the unique and challenging African business environment. This makes it more difficult to deliver to their target demographic.


The Solution

Over the years, AfriLabs has carried out research on African hub needs, capacity gaps and best practices. Based on these research, AfriLabs designs and runs a series of initiatives targeting hubs. These initiatives have now been updated and expanded into the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP) with support from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).

We are confident that strengthening hubs will have a multiplier effect and contribute to growing the African innovation ecosystem while increasing the percentage of successful and investment-ready startups on the continent.

The ACBP includes:

30 Physical workshops in 15 convening African cities.
12 Quarterly Hubs Learning Weeks - a series of peer to peer virtual capacity building webinars
Full Hub Management Certification Course in partnership with a major African University
Hubs-in-Residence at AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2020 and 2021
Toolkits on business development and investment management mmmmmmmmm
SDG meetup grants (2,000 euros per selected hub)
Capacity building awards (15,000 euros per selected hub)
Travel sponsorship for hubs in residence program, physical workshops, etc.

The Projected impact of the ACBP includes:

hub managers across Africa trained online and via practical physical workshops
full certificates on Hub Management earned by hub managers and staff
badges earned by hub managers and/or staff from completing part of or the full certificate
young innovators, entrepreneurs, developers and other stakeholders engaged during the SDG Meetups across 36 African cities
stakeholders of the African Tech and Innovation Ecosystem become aware of the impact of the work tech hubs do
participating hubs increase capacity in key areas of their local economies
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About AfriLabs

AfriLabs was founded in 2011 to build a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs―innovation spaces that serve as meeting points and communities for developers, entrepreneurs, and investors.

We believe that supporting the development of the African technology and innovation ecosystem enables Africa to participate in the global knowledge and innovation market place thereby stimulating economic growth.

For partnerships and further inquiries, please contact Anna Ekeledo ( and Temitope Isedowo (

For more information about AfriLabs, please visit: or call +2348149612015. You can also send us an email to:


About the Agence Française de Développement (AFD)


Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group is a public financial institution that finances, supports and accelerates transitions towards a more just and sustainable world. As a French overseas aid platform for sustainable development and investment, we and our partners create shared solutions, with and for the people of the global South.

Our teams are active in more than 4,000 projects in the field - in the French overseas departments and some 115 countries. They strive to promote health, education and gender equality, and are working to protect our common resources — peace, biodiversity and a stable climate.

It’s our way of contributing to the commitment France and the French people have made to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Towards a world in common.