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A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa
NYU Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law (2017)
  • Jeremy de Beer
  • Paula Millar, Blackhawk Network
  • Jacquelen Mwangi, Strathmore University
  • Victor B Nzomo, University of Cape Town, Faculty of Law
  • Dr. Isaac Rutenberg, Strathmore University
This article explains the importance of technology hubs as drivers of innovation, social change, and economic opportunity within and beyond the African continent. The article is the first to thoroughly review and synthesize findings from multi-disciplinary literature, and integrate insights from qualitative data gathered via interviews and fieldwork. It identifies three archetypes of hubs — clusters, companies, and countries — and discusses examples of each archetype using Kenya as a case study. The article discusses potential collaboration, conflicts, and competition among these archetypes of hubs, and concludes with recommendations for future researchers.
  • High Technology Hub,
  • Innovation Hub,
  • Africa,
  • Kenya,
  • Co-working,
  • Incubation,
  • Accelerator,
  • Makerspaces,
  • Nairobi,
  • Cluster,
  • Company,
  • Country,
  • Mapping,
  • Collaborative Innovation,
  • Open Innovation
Publication Date
Spring 2017
Citation Information
Jeremy de Beer, Paula Millar, Jacquelen Mwangi, Victor B Nzomo, et al.. "A Framework for Assessing Technology Hubs in Africa" NYU Journal of Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Vol. 6 Iss. 2 (2017) p. 237
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