Welcome to m:lab East Africa
m:lab East Africa is the region’s centre for mobile entrepreneurship. Our services include business incubation, developer training, application testing, and ecosystem building.
We organize events such as PIVOT EAST to showcase mobile start ups and to advocate for growth of the sector… more
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identifying, nurturing & creating sustainable enterprises in the knowledge economy…
Personal and business productivity are increasingly reliant on mobile innovations. From M-Pesa, to M-farm, to MedAfrica and to Eneza Education, mobile innovations in East Africa are changing how development impact is achieved. Mobile technology is helping emerging countries bypass investment in desktop computing and fixed line telecommunication infrastructure in keeping up pace with developed countries. The m:lab has a deliberate focus on mobile innovations because the future of computing in Africa is mobile.
- Start ups
Existing corporate business practices do not always apply to new organizations searching for repeatable and scalable business models. Among the new organizations are mobile startups. They differ from classical SME businesses because they must grow and scale rapidly or risk being time barred in a fast moving technology space. The m:lab offers to startups a platform to nurture innovative solutions and business models which traditional businesses lack the nimbleness to effectively explore.
For a nascent, rapidly growing mobile ecosystem, much expectation of success for startups exists among stakeholders in East Africa. With no perfect growth examples to emulate, players in the ecosystem must learn through experimentation, knowledge sharing and even through failure. The m:lab fosters a learning environment for startup teams, business advisors, investors, lawyers and other experts through trainings, competitions, meetups, and one-on-one interactions.