Africa is a resourceful, vibrant and developing continent full of youths who are tech savvy. The continent is now known for its tech hubs and spaces that accelerate collaboration, entrepreneurships, trainings and start-ups.
According to Forbes.com, Africa now has 643 tech hubs all geared towards supporting young people to innovate and explore design thinking to solve everyday problems with sustainable and scalable ideas. According to a recent research, in Nigeria alone, there are 90 hubs which function either as co-working spaces, acceleration, innovation or incubation hubs.
Our spotlight today is on LeadSpace which was featured on CNN Africa MarketPlace; a co-working community created to provide shared infrastructure for entrepreneurs at a fraction of the traditional cost. They strive to provide value for services that make businesses thrive and provide a current community of entrepreneurs. The vision of LeadSpace is to be the single largest co-working space in Africa. They are currently in three locations in Lagos – Leadspace Yaba, Leadspace Ojodu, they also Manage Hub One by FCMB and are projecting to launch another space in Alimosho.
With a mission to help entrepreneurs build their dreams, leveraging on community, opportunities and shared infrastructure, they have been able to impact over 600 companies, 2000 entrepreneurs across 24 sectors of the economy, and engage 7000 entrepreneurs in the technology ecosystem. Just like every other venture, LeadSpace was born out of a need, market analysis and a drive to create a lasting solution to young innovators. They researched the challenges that impede the successes of entrepreneurs and these were the top results:
- Poor power supply
- Weak infrastructure
- Lack of access to market mechanisms
- Lack of hands-on mentorship
- Lack of a community of entrepreneurs
LeadSpace is creating a lasting solution to these problems by creating the infrastructure with constant power supply, access to market, valuable mentorship and a community where entrepreneurs can be more productive and collaborate with one another.
More than solving these challenges, LeadSpace also provides diverse services that help their customers to stay in business and to scale; such as recruitment of tech talents, trainings, legal services, financial services, accounting services, media & PR, and internship. All subscribers have access to industry experts in these fields for consultation and support.
LeadSpace says they are building the future of work – a conducive and productive environment with access to a community of fellow entrepreneurs/freelancers with whom one can collaborate to build collective wealth, a community that shares available opportunities locally and globally, and a 100% customer satisfaction while you think, grow and scale as an entrepreneur.
You can interact with them or find out about their offers at theleadspace.co