The time the world neglected Africa in technology advancement has long gone with many cities growing like whirlwind as startup cities. Some of the megacities in Africa have found their feet in solving numerous problems on the continent with technology.
The innovative ecosystems in these cities have challenged the world and brought them to the center of problem-solving. The Global Startup Ecosystem Ranking Report by StartupBlink was used in bringing up the names of these cities in Africa.
Here is a list of some of the best startup cities you can find in Africa:
Kenya has been in the news for many beautiful reasons. The capital city of Nairobi is referred to as Silicon Savannah. Kenya is a growing and diversifying ecosystem that boosts the tech scene. The city has many startups that are doing great like M-Pesa with potential also for many new startups to excel.
Lagos, Nigeria has become a hub for fast-growing startups. The city has witnessed an explosion of tech advancement with many companies coming up. From agriculture to transportation, medical to sports, leisure to culture, the number of innovative startups continue to be on the increase. Most of the startups have developed landmark solutions to many of the country’s problems.
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town has not stopped thriving since it got its spot on the map of South Africa. The affluent and influential city has numerous startups that are booming fast. In terms of tourism, retail, financial services, and innovation, Cape town has not lagged in breeding startups. The city leads South Africa in innovation.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Johannesburg cannot miss out on the list of most innovative startup cities in Africa. While Cape Town takes the center stage of innovation, Johannesburg is not relenting in its ride with amazing startups in different niches. The city has hundreds of startups, especially in the financial sector.
Cairo has several opportunities for entrepreneurship, especially startups seeking fertile ground for their innovation and implementation. The city’s affordability and immense history have made it possible for entrepreneurs to use the city for their innovation.
Kigali offers a robust startup environment for entrepreneurship. The city is witnessing an influx of startup companies and investors. Thanks to the support of the African Development Bank that is helping these startups thrive. The stable electricity and great connectivity make Kigali an ideal startup city.
Tunis is enjoying the gradual growth of startup companies. The Startup Act passed by the government has given Tunis an edge over some cities in Africa. The act encourages entrepreneurs and startups to grow with less tax burden, get international patents, and government-sanctioned salary to startup founders.
Many people may ignore the influence of Kampala when it comes to thriving startup cities, but the city has an organized ecosystem for tech companies. The Startup Uganda, Innovation Village, and other coworking spaces help the country in attracting entrepreneurs.
Accra is attracting entrepreneurs from around the continent to join it in expanding its startup ecosystem.
The direct foreign investment from many companies including 3Day Startup, Ghana Startup capital fund, and, the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, are helping startups thrive.
Looking for any city in Africa to begin your start-up ideas? Any of these cities would definitely set you start up on the path to success.