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From silicon valley to silicon savannah: conceptualizing tech hubs in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Tech hubs (THs) and cognate structures are nowadays ubiquitous in the innovation ecosystem of Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. However, the concept of THs is fuzzy due to the lack of a clear and universally accepted definition. This ambiguity is further compounded by the diverse range of organizations that self-identify as hubs, or are categorized as such by others. As a result, research on THs in SSA remained limited. Against the backdrop of established research on the interconnectedness of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in different organizational forms, this paper is meant to provide fresh insights into the study of THs in SSA. To advance future research, first, it reveals what is special about THs in SSA and how they are related to existing concepts. I particularly argue that they contour a fourth-wave model of incubation. Second, four main categories are unfolded to delineate THs in SSA which is the cornerstone for future research.

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Author of HS ReutlingenZüfle, Simon
Erschienen in:The international journal of entrepreneurship and innovation
Publisher:Sage Publishing
Place of publication:London
Document Type:Journal article
Publication year:2024
Tag:Africa; entrepreneurship‌; innovation; tech hub; technology
Issue:Online first
Page Number:3
PPN:Im Katalog der Hochschule Reutlingen ansehen
DDC classes:330 Wirtschaft
Open access?:Ja
Licence (German):License Logo  Creative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International