Nigeria’s Co-Creation Hub launches Africa’s first design lab in Rwanda

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Co-Creation Hub, a platform where technology-oriented people share ideas to solve social problems, announced the launch of the Co-Creation Hub Design Lab in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Hub said the design lab is an unprecedented next step in Africa’s growing tech sector, and is set to become a leading creative space where its multidisciplinary team of product designers and engineers will collaborate with scientists and stakeholders globally, to explore the application of emerging technologies that will solve Africa’s systemic problems in Public Health, Education, Governance and the Private Sector.

The Co-Creation Hub, which is dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity, expanded its physical presence to another African country, for the first time in its eight-year history.

The Hub is now looking to partner with both public and private industry bodies from across the continent.

The Minister of of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda, Paula Ingabire, launched the new lab with The Co-Creation Hub’s Founder and CEO, Bosun Tijani. They will be joined by Kampeta Pitchette Sayinzoga [Director General, National Industrial Research & Development Agency, Rwanda], Patrick Buchana Nsenga [Chief Executive Officer, AC Group Rwanda] and Jeanine U. Condo [Director General, Rwanda Biomedical Center]. Special guest Bez will provide live musical entertainment on the day.

Ingabire, who commented on the official launch said “Co-Creation Hub’s expansion into Kigali, marked with the launch of the Design Lab today, is an exciting landmark for Rwanda’s burgeoning tech community. Rwanda is keen on collaborating with world-class partners to establish ourselves as a leading destination that nurtures innovation-driven enterprises. We see technology as an integral gateway and means of developing society, an ethos and mission shared by The Co-Creation Hub”.

She added that “as we strive to become a knowledge-based economy, we will continue to build long-lasting, strategic partnerships that celebrate excellence, forge ahead with progress and that are, essentially, a force for good that will impact thousands of people across the continent”.

The Co-Creation Hub, which has an unrivalled track record of supporting tech-enabled companies connected with civic society, boasts a pre-incubation portfolio of over 60 companies, including digital blood bank, Lifebank, recycling venture, WeCyclers and BudgIT, a web platform that simplifies the Nigerian budget and public data.

The new design lab, which reinforces the Co-Creation Hub’s commitment to solving Africa’s biggest development and social challenges, will be powered by a multidisciplinary design team of designers and engineers.

Speaking on the launch of the design lab, Tijani said “we’ve been building tech businesses alongside African entrepreneurs for almost a decade and in that time, we’ve identified a common challenge that businesses face when it comes to sustainable growth- Design and Innovation. With the CcHUB Design lab, we will be collaborating with organisations that may not have the capacity to design, build and innovate as quick as leaner startups would”.

Tijani also said “the lab will also build on the Co-Creation Hub’s extensive global and pan-African network of partners, research institutes and governmental organisations to execute practical design projects that will solve some of our social and business challenges at scale”.

He noted that “whilst our work from the lab will focus on the entire continent, we chose Rwanda as the country to operate from because of the ease of doing business in the country. Additionally, by collaborating with the Government of Rwanda, whose vision aligns with ours, we hope to find solutions that will enable socio-economic development, productivity and development across Africa”.

Since its launch, the Co-Creation Hub has built a community of over 13,000 technologists, entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, and has incubated and provided support to a portfolio of over 110 early stage ventures providing solutions to social problems with technology.


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