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Tech hubs in Owerri may have officially launched while everyone was asleep.

Maybe you haven’t noticed, oluaka academy and tech hub Africa are up to something as both hubs seems to be involved with quet a reasonable number of activities offline and online.

Both hubs were announced open in 2017 but haven’t recorded any in-house activities aside from being meetups venues for organising training and discussions, nothing more. They’re probably the only two innovation hubs and co-working spaces in Owerri except there hasn’t been any startup incubator or accelerators program, hackathons nor any in-house program as every innovation hubs should have.

This week, oluaka academy launched a 3 months scholarship program for individual interested in learning software development. Before we could spell jack, tech hub Africa’s website went live not to also forget the online promotions of its services across several local WhatsApp groups made by the hub.

For people and startups looking for an office workspace, oluaka announced an open invite yesterday for individuals to come test out it facilities for free. If you ask me, i’ll say is a strategy to turn potential customers into paying hub subscribers.

“oluaka academy if fully in operation, we’ll be starting with the developers program first, then a business pre-incubator programme will follow” -kolapo ogungbile, hub manger, oluaka academy.

On the other hand, Tech hub Africa is sticking with it’s plan on community development. It collaborate with inspireIT to inspire girls in owerri to partake in more STEM subjects. The hub serves as the venue for the owerri tech group weekend meetup, but now i think it’s an in-house thing (unconfirmed) since they hired the convener as the hub manager.

“The hub is open as a normal co-working space and open for meetups, training, and workshops. 

“Soon we’ll be launching our startup support program as we are currently in discussions with some mentors”- Gbolahan fawale, hub manager, Tech hub Africa.

Both hubs are open and ready to use and has done a good job in engaging developers but in terms of startups not so much.

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