A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa

41 Pages Posted: 2 May 2017 Last revised: 26 Jul 2017

Jeremy de Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Paula Millar

Blackhawk Network

Jacquelen Mwangi

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School

Victor B. Nzomo

University of Cape Town (UCT), Faculty of Law; Strathmore University Law School

Isaac Rutenberg

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School

Date Written: March 26, 2017

Abstract

This article explains the importance of technology hubs as drivers of innovation, social change, and economic opportunity within and beyond the African continent. The article is the first to thoroughly review and synthesize findings from multi-disciplinary literature, and integrate insights from qualitative data gathered via interviews and fieldwork. It identifies three archetypes of hubs — clusters, companies, and countries — and discusses examples of each archetype using Kenya as a case study. The article discusses potential collaboration, conflicts, and competition among these archetypes of hubs, and concludes with recommendations for future researchers.

Keywords: High Technology Hub, Innovation Hub, Africa, Kenya, Co-working, Incubation, Accelerator, Makerspaces, Nairobi, Cluster, Company, Country, Mapping, Collaborative Innovation, Open Innovation

Suggested Citation

de Beer, Jeremy and Millar, Paula and Mwangi, Jacquelen and Nzomo, Victor B. and Rutenberg, Isaac, A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa (March 26, 2017). NYU Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2017; Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2017-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2929256

Jeremy De Beer

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

Paula Millar

Blackhawk Network ( email )

3280 Bloor St. W., Suite 801
Toronto, Ontario M8X 2X3
Canada

Jacquelen Mwangi

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 59857
P.O. Box 54668
Nairobi, Nairobi 00200
Kenya

Victor B. Nzomo (Contact Author)

University of Cape Town (UCT), Faculty of Law ( email )

Rondebosch 7701
South Africa

Strathmore University Law School ( email )

Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale Road
P O Box 59857
Nairobi, 00200
Kenya

Isaac Rutenberg

Strathmore University - Strathmore Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 59857
P.O. Box 54668
Nairobi, Nairobi 00200
Kenya

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