Hosted by the *iHub_ Consortium which includes Nairobi’s *iHub_, eMobilis, the World Wide Web Foundation, and the University of Nairobi School of Computing and Informatics, mLab East Africa will provide an enabling environment where innovators and entrepreneurs can successfully convert their ideas into viable enterprises and create meaningful opportunities for jobs, growth, and economic inclusion in Kenya and the wider East Africa region.
infoDev has implemented this mLab with the generous support of the Government of Finland and with Nokia as its technical partner. Under this public-private partnership, five such mLabs are being established around the world this year, with mLab East Africa being the first to be launched. Over time, the vision is to link these mLabs with one another and expand the network, so that mobile applications entrepreneurs and enterprises can share experiences, forge partnerships, and enter new markets. The mLabs will each incubate a minimum of 40 SMEs by the end of 2012.
These mLabs will make innovative enterprises working in mobile content and applications development even more competitive, while making sure local needs are met and creating sustainable, high-quality jobs. Drawing on infoDev’s expertise in business incubation and technology entrepreneurship, this program will create open, collaborative spaces where mobile application developers can work and learn together, with access to the best tools and expertise.