Supporting social and economic empowerment in the DRC through Technovation

Talents, high potential innovations and startups will not succeed as competitive businesses on the long run if an effective economic support function doesn't exist.

There are skill gaps and  challenges to overcome for local startups  in the DRC to equally compete  with regional  and global actors in the local market and operate in line with green economic development standards. We understand that Innovation, technology and entrepreneurship are key  in fostering competitiveness and addressing faster these gaps and poverty, in particular through a strong and an effective technological governance.We believe that competitiveness needs to be institutionalized and cannot happen to optimally impact the economy without embedding a supportive  framework for Innovation, technology  and entrepreneurship.

The centre d’innovation de Lubumbashi is a “one stop” multipurpose innovation hub  designed  for learning’s, collaboration  and  innovation supporting the building of   vibrant  innovation  and startup ecosystems in the DRC.

To respond to the above challenges we work to build  quality innovation and knowledge infrastructures as catalyst of sustainable change, and focus support along  below pillars :

Training & Inspiration

We provide training's to inspire and stand on solid foundations

Show case & celebration

We promote excellence & celebrate performance through Exhibitions

Design & Making

We provide frameworks to design, make or protytpe ideas

Leadership & Ownership

We don't just support, we run projects to advance the community and actively contribute to change

Co-working & Co-creation

We offer an open community to tap in and work with

Networking & Coaching

Every success count, we provide a room for seniors to interact with new comers

Launch & Validation

We provide support for starting up and geting on the field

Research & Innovation

We strive to support continuous improvement through research and tech governance

Programmes

We understand the success secrets of the world's most successful business teams.

Our core business  is to foster the emergence and accelerate growth  of technology driven startups, SME and high potential  initiatives to become sustainable and regionally competitive.

Training Hub

The Training hub aims  to bridge creativity and the general knowledge gap through short terms training’s comprising basics to advanced digital literacy, innovation and entrepreneurial skills.The objective is that students learn about  the general to advanced ICT (including Internet of things,data analytics), electronics, business  skills and apply life cycle project management principles to their innovative projects. “Successful entrepreneurs are not just start-uppers “

Youth Lab

The youth Lab programmes provide youth an entry stage innovation platform for  capacity building along youth  hot spot  such as Technology, Culture,Education,social justice  in the format that fit the Youth needs.The programme  include making, coaching and think thank activities.

Women Lab

The F360 is Women Lab consisting of women centered activities focused on approaching innovation and enterpreneurship from women and girls ‘s perspective. The programmes tackles gender issues and status quo by empowering women with human center design thinking approach and digital entrepreneurship skills  to make change along  the “so called women’s traditional core activities”. Key activities consist of incorporating technology and innovation within beauty and branding sessions, networking,talks and testimonies.

Startup program

Startup compactor comprises  startup , acceleration and incubation services  for Science and technology driven startups within priority sectors such as agriculture, energy, health, financial services

Centres d’excellence

The centres d’excellence are corner stone, specialised  projects leading eclosion of cuting edge technological services and products. These include a Datalab, a fablab and a centre for Innovation and governance excellence.

We offer shared & affordable space with wify access for co-design , meeting and collaboration for  young innovators & entrepreneurs.

We  support tech driven  events (hackathons,tech talks,etc.) and technology integration projects , design thinking facilitation sessions along our core competencies and focus sectors.

Core services

Coworking space

Incubation

60%

Project & Techincal support

3D printing & drone services

45%

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