Co-creation Hub [CcHUB] officially launches Africa’s First ‘CcHUB Design Lab’ in Kigali, Rwanda to solve Africa’s systemic problems in Public Health, Education, Governance and the Private Sector. The launch took place on Feb. 14th 2019.
The design lab is said to be 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.
Consequently, accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity, expand its physical presence to another African country, for the first time in its eight year history.
The new state-of-the-art lab, located in Kigali, Rwanda is an off-shoot of what CcHUB intends to implement as it’s now looking to partner with both public and private industry bodies from across the continent.
The launch was witnessed by a host of concerned individuals —H.E. Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda, Paula Ingabire, CcHUB’s Founder and CEO, ‘Bosun Tijani. 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.
Commenting on the official launch, H.E. Paula Ingabire says “CcHUB’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 CcHUB. 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.”
And Bosun Tijani, CcHUB’s Co-founder and CEO comments, “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. The lab will also build on CcHUB’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”
“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.”
CcHUB plans to invest approximately $11m in Rwanda.