Co-Creation Hub

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Co-Creation Hub
Co-Creation Hub Nigeria
Private
IndustryInformation technology
FoundedAugust 2011; 8 years ago (2011-08) in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Founders
HeadquartersYaba,
Lagos State
,
Nigeria
Key people
Websitecchubnigeria.com

Co-Creation Hub, commonly referred to as Cc-HUB or the HUB, is a technology innovation Centre located in Yaba, a district of Lagos. Founded in 2010 by Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe, the Hub provides a cushy nest for innovators and creatives to share ideas that solve pressing social problems in Nigeria.[1][2]

CcHUB is notable for receiving high profile tech executives and government officials with notable ones being Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook during his visit to Nigeria on August 30, 2016[3][4] and Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter in 2019. [5]

History[edit]

Co-Creation Hub was founded in October 2010 by Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe. It officially opened in September 2011 as a social innovation centre at 294, Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, serving as an open living lab dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. Its methodology is said to be hinged on engaging a community of progressive stakeholders (end-users, subject matter experts, government agencies, businesses, academics, civil societies etc.) who bring their creativity and knowledge to play in co-creating solutions to social challenges faced by the average Nigerian.

At the CcHub, innovations by entrepreneurs are supported through advice, mentorship and funding through the pre-incubation and research unit. The CcHub happens to be one of the few financially sustainable innovation hubs in Africa and is the home to over 50 Nigerian startups, such as BudgIT, Wecyclers, Truppr, Genii Games, Lifebank, GoMyWay, Vacantboards, Traclist, Autobox, Stutern, Findworka, Grit Systems and Mamalette.[6][7]

In March 2018, Stanbic IBTC Bank launched the Blue Lab, an innovation hub supported by Co-Creation Hub.[8]

Growth Capital by CcHub[edit]

In December 2015, Tijani announced[9] the launch of Growth Capital[10] in partnership with Bank of Industry (BoI), Venture Garden Group (VGG) and Omidyar Network (ON). It is an investment arm that is set to invest 1 Billion Naira in social tech ventures who are building technologies that make public services smarter while connecting them to citizens and/or smart technologies linking multiple public services together to make them more accessible to citizens.[11]

GC's Managing Partner, Tunji Eleso, in an interview[12] with Tech Crunch, stated that after supporting startups from ideation, pre-incubation to incubation for five (5) years, it became imperative to take a step forward by supporting those are maturing but still require support. The fund proffered by Growth Capital by CcHUB is meant to support entrepreneurs who are building infrastructure for Nigeria’s future. "Specifically, we are looking at products/services/technology tools that would make public services smarter and at the same time connect more citizens of Nigeria to those services", Eleso added.

According to Bosun Tijani, "Growth Capital by CcHUB started as a dream back in 2010. I still remember the first time I shared the vision with Tunji Eleso and how we ended up crafting a smaller scheme to help build our pipeline and credibility while testing the social entrepreneurship model".[13]

GC started receiving applications in January 2016 and is set to 'support next generation infrastructure technology builders in Nigeria' between 2016 and 2018.

Projects[edit]

Make-IT Accelerator[edit]

The Make-IT Accelerator programme by Co-Creation Hub is designed to strengthen entrepreneurs' skills for scaling their innovations and achieving growth, cooperation and investment readiness. The programme is being implemented in Nigeria and Kenya.[14]

Giving4Good Challenge[edit]

The Giving4Good Challenge launched by Co-Creation Hub is designed to explore the ways in which technology can increase individual philanthropy towards CSOs and NGOs in Nigeria. The top 3 ventures receives a combined funding of up to £35,000, and they will be supported by the Hub's Pre-Incubation program.[15]

PitchDrive[edit]

Pitch Drive by CcHUB in partnership with Google For Startups is a programmer that brings together African tech companies to pitch to investors, explore international opportunities and offerings, learn about cutting edge frontier technology markets and build a network among technology leaders from both the African and European continent. In 2017, PitchDrive I 14 startup founders embarked on a trip to five exciting cities in Europe to raise a collective €20-million in Series-A funding from European Investors. PitchDrive Asia saw 10 Hardware and Deep tech startups on a tour of five tech cities in Asia in 2019.[16]

NG_Hub[edit]

In 2018, Facebook partnered with CcHUB to open NG_Hub[17] in Lagos, its first flagship community hub space in Africa.[18][19] The Hub is a multi-faceted space aimed at bringing together developers, startups, and the wider community to collaborate, learn, and exchange ideas. In 2018, the centre launched the Facebook Accelerator[20], a 6-month research and mentorship driven program for African Innovators building solutions with advanced technologies.

CcHUB Design Lab[edit]

The Design Lab in Kigali, Rwanda[21][22], is a creative space for the multidisciplinary team of product designers and engineers collaborating 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. The Lab was launched on February 14th 2019 by Rwanda's Minister of Information and communications technology and Innovation, Paula Ingabire.

EdTech Centre of Excellence Tai Solarin University of Education ICT Centre (TASUED)[edit]

The EdTech Centre of Excellence at Tai Solarin University of Education is an academic research centre aimed at accelerating research and development in the application of technology for teaching, learning and management of education in Africa. Launched on October 14th, 2019[23] by CcHUB in partnership with TASUED, the Center will facilitate the sponsorship of MSc and PhD Students working on significant contributions to research in e-learning and technology application in schools and classrooms.

iHub[edit]

On the 26th of September 2019, it was announced that Co-creation Hub had acquired the Nairobi iHub.[24][25] iHUB is a pioneer innovation hub and hacker space for the technology community in Africa based out of Nairobi. iHUB provides a space that connects technologists, investors, young entrepreneurs, designers, researchers and programmers to startup support, product development related workshops and events and venture funding.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Errol Barnett (22 March 2013). "Tech hub working on 'Nigeria's next big idea'". CNN. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  2. ^ Ndianabasi Udonkang. "Co-Creation Hub (CCHub) - Transforming Ideas to Products or Solutions". novoed.com. Archived from the original on 11 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Zuckerberg's visit to Nigeria provides much-needed economic push". Headlines & Global News. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  4. ^ Jake Bright (31 August 2016). "Mark Zuckerberg meets with African tech leaders on Nigerian tour". Tech Crunch. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Jack Dorsey Visits CcHUB". TechCrunch.
  6. ^ Yomi Kazeem (15 December 2015). "Nigerian incubator Co-Creation Hub has launched a $5 million investment fund". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ Ife Adedapo (8 February 2016). "Our platform focuses on expectant mothers –Lawal". Punch Nigeria. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Stanbic IBTC Bank launches innovation hub in Yaba". techpoint.ng. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  9. ^ 'Bosun Tijani (12 December 2015). "Growth Capital by CcHUB – a new beginning!". Bosun Tijani. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  10. ^ "GC by CCHub's Website". 1 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  11. ^ 'Paul Adepoju (19 January 2016). "N1BN CCHUB GROWTH CAPITAL OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED". Innovation Nigeria. Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  12. ^ Victor Ekwealor (19 January 2016). "Everything You Need to Know About the CcHub's ₦1b Growth Capital Fund". Retrieved 8 September 2016.
  13. ^ Yomi Kazeem (15 December 2015). "Nigerian incubator Co-Creation Hub has launched a $5 million investment fund". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Nigeria's CcHub selects 15 startups for Make-IT accelerator". Disrupt Africa. 2017-12-04. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  15. ^ "Co-Creation Hub Giving4Good Challenge 2018 for Nigeria (Up to £35,000 in funding) - TechCity". www.techcityng.com. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  16. ^ "CcHub names 10 startups that will visit Asia in PitchDrive II". Ventureburn. 2019-07-30. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  17. ^ "NG_Hub from Facebook - Space for Collaboration". NG_Hub from Facebook - Space for Collaboration. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  18. ^ Ndiomewese, Ifeanyi (2018-05-23). "4 things we learnt from the Facebook NG_HUB launch in Lagos". Techpoint.Africa. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  19. ^ "Facebook to Launch NG_Hub in Partnership with CcHUB, Its 1st Community Hub in Nigeria". Technext. 2017-11-23. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  20. ^ "Facebook Accelerator Nigeria unveils the 12 startups in 2019 cohort". Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB). 2019-09-27. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  21. ^ Adeshokan, Oluwatosin. "African tech hubs are starting to specialize and build a budding culture of innovation". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  22. ^ "CcHUB Launches Africa's First 'Design Lab' in Kigali". Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB). 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2020-01-07.
  23. ^ "Co-creation Hub Launches EdTech Centre of Excellence at the Tai Solarin University of Education ICT Centre (TASUED)". Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHUB). 2019-10-14. Retrieved 2020-01-06.
  24. ^ "Nigeria's CcHub acquires Kenya's iHub to create mega Africa incubator". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-11-25.
  25. ^ "CcHUB Acquires iHub". IHUB. Retrieved 2019-11-25.

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