Habaka incubator working with Malagasy government to boost tech

Habaka incubator working with Malagasy government to boost tech Malagasy tech hub Habaka is engaging with the government of the country in order to assist in increasing the percentage of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) contributed by technology.

Habaka was founded in 2011 and registered as a non-profit in 2012, becoming the first innovation hub in Madagascar. It offers co-working space, runs events and offers training, while since September last year it has also been running the CoderDojo programme .

Co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Andriankoto Ratozamanana told Disrupt Africa the hub had been consulting with the government on the best way forward for the development of Madagascar’s technology ecosystem.

“Recently, the government and the Economic Development Board of Madagascar had to submit an application for a proposal to the African Development Bank, and asked for input from us for the first time,” he said.

“We think it’s meaningful consideration for us and a sign of openness. Working with the government through different ministries is key in our mission of reshaping Madagascar’s economy through technology.”

Ratozamanana said Habaka had used the meeting to defend its model, which he said is “frugal innovation”.“We saw the same model working well in Nairobi, […]

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