Somalia is launching its first community-based tech innovation hub in the capital Mogadishu this month. The iRise Hub will offer Somali entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, investors, technologies and startups the working space to share ideas, connect and collaborate with each other.
A group of young men who hope to transform Somalia into a digital and tech entrepreneurship hub founded it.
In an interview with Quartz Africa, the principal founder of iRise, Abdihakim Ainte said their vision is to catch up with the rest of the world by realizing the full potential of Somalia’s technology sector.
Somalia is still unstable with the al shabaab insurgency hindering the development of the country. The security risks are coupled with limited internet access and lack of innovation policies to grow the fertile ground for technology.
The introduction of iRise Hub will allow technology entrepreneurs access to incubation and training programmes as well as resources to develop their ideas