Innovation Ecosystems

To thrive, innovators and startups need an ecosystem with the right support, funding, skills and policies. We provide research and expertise on supporting the development of locally-led and sustainable innovation ecosystems in Africa.  

Innovate UK report

We investigated the challenges faced by the tech sectors in Kenya and Ghana as well as explored opportunities for investment and collaboration with the UK. In the report below, we share our findings and lay out recommendations for a more sustainable approach to developing Africa’s tech ecosystems.

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AfriconEU Research

ATBN,together with the AfriConEU consortium of partners, is working to foster collaboration between African and European Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and build a thriving EU-Africa innovation ecosystem. We hosted our second African Digital Ecosystems roundtable, this time focusing on Nigeria. We discussed how DIHs can help local startups and businesses harness the opportunities that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and address the challenges they face.

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Frontier Economics report

ATBN partnered with Frontier Economics to conduct a study exploring the challenges that early stage African tech startups faced in accessing international investment. The report highlights that funding alone is not sufficient to ensure more successful tech start-ups emerge from Sub-Saharan Africa and provides some recommendations on how to bridge existing gaps.

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