Africa is on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the way its policy-makers embrace technology to develop its industries will determine whether or not it can be a leader, according to Jumanne Rajabu Mtambalike.
The young entrepreneur from Tanzania founded his consulting firm Sahara Ventures five years ago. After studying in India, one of the world leaders when it comes to start-up incubators, he came back to Tanzania only to notice the lack of innovation hubs. “I wanted to create a platform that would help to build Tanzania’s innovation ecosystem,” he says.
To do so, Rajabu Mtambalike works as a consultant with startups and co-created Sahara Sparks, an annual event held in cities around Africa that brings entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers together to discuss issues related to innovation and technology. The event is an opportunity for startups to pitch and showcase their businesses, while also offering seminars and workshops. “Basically, we are trying to come up with ways to integrate emerging technological innovations into our existing manufacturing processes,” Rajabu Mtambalike says.