Innovation Hubs in Africa: What Do They Really Do for Digital Entrepreneurs?
N. D. Taura, E. Bolat, & N. O. Madichie (Eds.), Digital Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges, Opportunities and Prospects (pp. 9-28). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.
Book contributions and chapters
This chapter took a step back from enthusiastically led practitioner
debates about digital entrepreneurship and innovation hub organizations
in Africa and sought to examine the purpose of hubs in the eyes of entrepreneurs.
The study thereby offered a grounded perspective on what is
otherwise a conversation marked by grand aspirations, conceptualizations,
self-promotion, and at times erratic lines of argumentation.
Altogether, the chapter maintained that hubs represent a valuable and
promising addition to African digital entrepreneurship, but also that they
need to take seriously criticisms of their lack of effectiveness, exclusionary
tendencies, and wastefulness. The study thus ultimately highlighted both
the potentials and limitations of hubs.