Nigeria’s tech scene is buzzing and without the proper support framework in place, there’s little that could happen to prospective great products thus, killing them before they reach viability. This has led to a number of incubators,hubs and co-working spaces springing up across the country. Consequently, there has been an increase in the number of startups.
In Northern Nigeria, there’s no doubt that there’s a lot of work to be done, nonetheless, a few hubs and co-working spaces have sprung up and with the launch of Startup Arewa, I believe more will arise. Here are the hubs and co-working spaces in Northern Nigeria as of November 2016.
Launched by Daser David and Hyginus Miskoom, nHub is the first hub in Northern Nigeria. It is located in Jos, Plateau State. The hub hosted the second #Hackjos and has already established a partnership with Startup Bonn in Germany.
Founded by Ismaila Sanusi, CoLab,is a co-working space and innovation hub is located in Kaduna city. The hub which was launched in September has already hosted the Kaduna Startup Weekend, a ‘best practices in coding’ session in conjunction with Andela and even a hack for good governance with BudgIT.
Situated in Abuja, Ventures platform is an innovation hub and co-working space. It was founded by Kola Aina and launched in June 2016. It has a unique structure which was set up with repurposed containers. The hub has hosted Y Combinator CEO and already partnered with SLUSH to organize the local competition for the best “impact startups” at Slush 2016 Global Impact Accelerator program in Helsinki, Finland.
Founded by Adeyinka Adekeye in February 2016, Founders hub is located in Ilorin, Kwara state. The hub hosts events to support and train entrepreneurs.
Conceived by Ayo Sotinrin and Tope Runsewe, Stone Brick caters to the core necessities required for startups and MSME’s to thrive. This hub seems tilted more in favour towards the business aspect of an innovation and provides support. It is located in Abuja.
Worthy of note is Enspire Incubators. It is a platform for facilitating the growth of viable technology businesses in Nigeria. The founder, Bankole Oloruntoba has been very active and supportive of the growth of a tech ecosystem in the North.
With the Startup Arewa initiative, more hubs are expected to rise. I do expect a few more from Abuja though the high cost of real estate may pose a challenge. Other cities in the north are very affordable with cost of living quite low compared to other parts of the country. With the potential, it will be no surprise to see hubs open up in the region.