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hapaSpace is a tech and innovation hub located in the heart of Kumasi, the second capital of Ghana. Alongside other hubs located outside of Accra, hapaSpace is currently working to bridge the gap in entrepreneurial support beyond Ghana’s first capital.
hapaSpace has evolved from being just a co-working space to offering training programs, target-oriented seminars and lectures for capacity building, resulting in the creation of a large tech and entrepreneurship community.
When launched in 2016, over 300 active members and an additional 200 entrepreneurs participated in hapaSpace programmes over a six-month period. The community has since grown to over 800 members.
These days, hapaSpace organises monthly meetups and coach subsidiary groups such as Python, Data Science, Django Girls and WordPress developers. The hub has grown into a vibrant incubator and accelerator presently funded by Indigo Trust UK, British Council and GIZ. Their incubation program, dubbed Hatched and Accelerator, has supported 95 startups over the past two years and since late 2018 they’ve included creative artists in their core programming; helping them to express their art through technology.
‘We are passionate about technology education and biased towards empowering ladies with computer skills,’ says co-founder Gideon Brefo. ‘Our flagship project, Code4Girls, helps us to achieve this. Since 2017, we have been working with about 12 girls-only senior high schools, taking them through HTML, CSS and Bootstrap. At the end of each cohort [usually six months], intra-school and inter-school competitions are organised for the participating students.’
hapaSpace is an active member of the Ghana Hubs Network and AfriLabs. In their quest to stay relevant and have a wider reach, they collaborate with other hubs in these networks to implement projects, such as iSpace Ghana’s UWAT program and CAVIC Nigeria on creative arts.
Visit hapaSpace website to learn more.
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