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iHub By Jessica Colaço / April 2, 2012

Announcing funding from Google to support the iHub community


The journey with Google and iHub over the last 2 years

Google and iHub have grown together with the community over the last two years learning from each other through events such as Ladies Mapping parties, Trainings on Google Earth, Fireside Chats with Marissa Mayer, Office Hours with Bob Aman and Hackathons . These sessions have strengthened our collaboration and through them we have identified areas to work together and strengthen the iHub community further this year.

Joe Mucheru during the 1st year anniversary last year in March

The funding and plans

Today, we are proud to announce funding of USD 150,000 (Ksh. 12M) from Google to support the iHub community. This funding will help accelerate our mission in catalyzing technology innovations within the iHub by providing them with the infrastructure and skill-sets to fuel their innovations to the next level. With this funding, we seek to: 

  • Expand our infrastructure (network and server technology) to provide the tech community with a “sandbox” to host and test their applications
  • Set up a UX testing lab to provide training on design thinking and carry out UX research in the tech world
  • Setup the “ExchangeBoard Project” to support high-quality G+ hangouts and display the latest newsfeeds within the tech community
  • Set up an experimental super-computer cluster environment (“rackspace”) to host data intensive applications with require high performance computing

About the iHub

Founded 2 years ago, the iHub has grown tremendously to become the go to place for all things techie in East Africa. This space is home to many of Kenya’s young entrepreneurs, freelance software developers, designers and researchers. It also acts as a nexus point for them to interact with our network of investors and VCs while providing them with a co-working space.

As entrepreneurs engage with their peers and bounce ideas off each other, a culture of open innovation is nurtured. The iHub has given rise to new promising startups and technologies. With an average membership age of about 24 years, these youth are embracing technology in innovative ways to create sustainable impact in Kenya.

The iHub model has had great impact in the local tech scene and more and more young people are embracing the idea of co-working for their ventures. As a result of constant interaction through collaborations and meet-ups, a solid network and synergistic tech community has grown in Nairobi. Our mission at iHub is simply to catalyze technological innovations in Nairobi, by creating an open space for entrepreneurship, research, hacking and connecting industry stakeholders.


Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • Lauren Rosenberg at 13:18:43PM Monday, April 2, 2012

    Awesome! UX testing lab #ftw

  • Emmanuel Chenze at 14:23:32PM Monday, April 2, 2012

    A good move by Google. I and many young people with aspirations of making it through innovation in tech and related fields are motivated by such initiatives like the iHub.

  • Tekedia » Google Awards $150,000 Grant To Kenyan iHub For Infrastructure Development at 15:17:39PM Monday, April 2, 2012

    [...] writes a cheque of $150,000 to Kenya Hub, iHub. Congrats to the iHub guys. They are doing well and these [...]

  • Kenya’s iHub Receives $150,000 Funding From Google | TechLoy at 16:09:21PM Monday, April 2, 2012

    [...] tech and developer community space, iHub today announced that it has received funding of USD $150,000 from Google to support infrastructure [...]

  • Njeri Rionge at 17:32:24PM Monday, April 2, 2012

    This is GREAT NEWS! Well Done.

  • hawi at 10:27:16AM Tuesday, April 3, 2012

    This is great news. From Usalama forum, it is great to be associated with IHub; being a safety expert and it invoke hope for youth. I have seen the dreams come true

  • Kagai Macharia at 07:47:36AM Monday, April 9, 2012

    Startups in Kenya have just been leapfrogged to the next. We are all psyched up…

  • Mutinda Boniface at 09:35:59AM Monday, April 9, 2012

    Waoooooh!!!! its awesome….. thumbs up for the good work u have done n still doing….

  • ProfNandaa at 15:21:06PM Monday, April 9, 2012

    Good news! Especially on UX :-)

  • BeiYangu at 10:49:10AM Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    “Super-computer cluster environment” Sweeeeeet!

  • mojo706 at 12:17:49PM Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    With this new funding will you subsidize your membership plans?

  • Patelo at 07:48:32AM Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    I have always been so excited at what is happening at iHub and its wonderful to know Google Africa is too!

  • caddy at 18:58:26PM Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    network and server technology pretty cool. Thanx

  • The iHub UX Lab and Supercomputer Cluster — WhiteAfrican at 07:23:49AM Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    [...] are fortunate to have excellent corporate partners at the iHub, one of which is Google, who provided some funding to get two initiatives off the [...]

  • The iHub UX Lab and Supercomputer Cluster | *iHub_ at 16:00:00PM Wednesday, May 23, 2012

    [...] are fortunate to have excellent corporate partners at the iHub, one of which is Google, who provided some funding to get two initiatives off the [...]

  • The iHub UX Lab and Supercomputer Cluster | InnovationAfrica at 16:59:29PM Saturday, May 26, 2012

    [...] are fortunate to have excellent corporate partners at the iHub, one of which is Google, who provided some funding to get two initiatives off the [...]

  • Mauri Yambo at 09:59:01AM Friday, June 1, 2012

    Th funding is definitely modest; but just as definitely, it gives iHub Google’s incalculably valuable stamp of approval, and will help iHub play the crucial role that some of us see the likes of iHub playing in the overall advancement of Africa (see my blog post on the role of African philanthropy

  • Eric Schmidt at the iHub | *iHub_ at 10:23:09AM Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    [...] of iHub’s major partners, collaborating in projects, working with the tech community and funding the expansion of the iHub space, and the build out of the UX Lab and the iHub [...]


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