International Business Machines Corporation (IBM ) has launched an innovation space at the iHub Nairobi. The move is in a quest to provide iHub’s 17,000 members with the company’s global expertise in technology-based innovation.
With the innovation space, IBM is looking to provide early stage entrepreneurs start-ups with access to technology areas such as Cloud an Big data analytics among others.
“With the IBM innovation space at iHub, we are extending our presence right into the heart of the local technical community so that entrepreneurs and start-ups have access to the tools and expertise to succeed in this exciting new era of Africa’s economic development,” said IBM East Africa, Country Manager Nick Nesbitt.
This will be IBM’s first innovation space in Africa after the only research lab in Africa based at Karen,Nairobi. the launch will give local developers an opportunity to move to the next level with business connections and resources.
Additionally, developers will be able to join the IBM Global Entrepreneur programme through which they can qualify for free access to IBM Cloud services. The programme also enables them to qualify to get credits for Bluemix – an open standards, cloud platform for building, running and managing apps and services- among others.
The opening follows an announcement by the company to provide space for early entrepreneurs start-ups during Global Entrepreneurship Summit suite of similar spaces in New York, Boston, Uberaba (Brazil), Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Bangalore, New Delhi and Singapore.