Message from the executive director


My name is Anna Ekeledo, the Executive Director of AfriLabs, network of innovation hubs across over 45 African countries. AfriLabs is about community, innovation and development on the African continent. Every year AfriLabs as a community – innovation hubs, innovators and change makers – meets with other stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem such as corporate organizations, development agencies, investors and policy makers during our AfriLabs Annual Gathering.

For 3 exciting days we delve deep during engaging sessions to explore exciting and ambitious solutions on a wide range of issues important to us; from entrepreneurship support to funding innovation, technology development and job creation on the African continent. We also take the time to network and build partnerships with our friends from all over the continent and the globe and tour exciting innovation spaces in the local city.

The AfriLabs Annual Gathering has been held in different regions across Africa; from Ghana in 2016, to Egypt in 2017 and Tanzania in 2018.

This year, the AfriLabs Annual Gathering is in partnership with the African Union Commission Department of Human Resource, Science and Technology with the theme ‘Connect: Towards an Integrated Innovation Ecosystem’. The event will be taking place from 28th – 30th October 2019 at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Tech Village and xHub as hub host.

If you are passionate and invested in driving development on the African continent through innovation, I invite you to work with us in achieving this vision ahead of this year’s event and to join us, along with our hub community and leaders from a wide range of stakeholder groups to explore various exciting and impact driven themes during our AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2019.

I look forward to being with you in Addis Ababa!