So what exactly does a tech startup ecosystem in Ethiopia look like?
To my surprise, and seemingly against many odds, there is a vibrant community emerging, which I wrote about previously on Wamda. And its home is iceaddis, Ethiopia’s leading technology hub, accelerator and co-working space.
Launched in May 2011, and located inside 6 decked-out and funky shipping containers (originally designed as an art gallery space by a Swiss architect) at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building, Construction and City Development (EiABC) campus in Addis Ababa, iceaddis is the self-described “home for startups” in Ethiopia.
Of all the hubs I’ve been to across east Africa, it’s perhaps the most unique and broadly focused. Going beyond tech, it is connecting to the architecture school surrounding it, to apply innovation in design, construction, and regular goods. It even shares a small, independently supported prototype lab on campus, which is hoping for 3D printing and a FabLab soon.
“We are not just focused on ICT, but also on green and sustainable technologies,” explains Markos Lemma, coordinator at iceaddis, in a recent interview with Sean Robson of IT Web Africa.
(via Coworking space iceaddis gives a home to Ethiopia’s startups | Wamda.com)