While Mike was at his conference in Nairobi, I went to check out iHub, which is one of many tech work spaces in the city. The startup tech industry in Nairobi is growing rapidly and many have dubbed it the Silicon Valley of Africa. My friend Mbwana, who I met through some business school friends, manages Savannah Fund, which is a seed capital fund focused on sub-Saharan African tech startups. He’s been a great resource since I’ve moved to Dar and he suggested I check out iHub since it was close to my hotel. It’s located across the street from Uchumi Supermarket on Ngong Rd.
I went several times over the week and was really impressed. There is such buzzing energy in the place and people were coming and going all the time. It’s on the top floor of an office building with great light and the space is bright and airy. There’s a foosball table covered with stickers of tech startups and a small coffee vendor in the corner. Table space is limited so you have to get there early to claim a spot. It’s free to walk in and work there with free wifi. Everyone was just working away on their Macbooks. I saw programmers and graphic designers. It was really something, very inspiring.