Fiifi Baidoo, co-founder and community manager at the iSpace Foundation, has told HumanIPO the one-month old open innovation co-working space for the tech community in Ghana currently has eight projects ongoing.
According to Baidoo, more will be incubated before the end of the fourth quarter of 2013.
“We currently have more than eight projects and companies making their way to iSpace to grow from here,” Baidoo said.
“We are currently not incubating any. Some of these projects who have moved here are quite new though. We however will be incubating a few more before the quarter ends from the challenges and hackathons we have planned ahead in the coming weeks.”
He said iSpace was set up “to nurture a local network of like-minded and focused tech entrepreneurs, providing a place where they can work, meet, collaborate, network, learn and have fun”.
In addition to the working environment, Baidoo said iSpace also offers developers in Ghana opportunities through its various partnerships.
“Developers get access to various benefits from the various partnerships we have with industry players. We provide a friendly environment for developers with an inspiring view overlooking the ocean all at a very reasonable membership rate,” Baidoo said.
“We provide the space and resources for the average technology entrepreneur and the expectation for them to start their business much faster.”
Though the concept for the space was first dreamt up in September 2011, Baidoo and his fellow founders had to wait till June 2013 before soft launch.
He however said the space is enjoying lots of attention and interest.
He said: “We have had more than four events here with a lot more booked in August and September.
“Our first event was with BlackBerry, they trained a couple of developers on the BlackBerry 10 platform followed by other events by Google, Blogging Ghana and collaborations with some of our partners.
“Our most recent event was held this past Saturday with 30 JHS kids. The program is a mentorship program aimed at introducing technology and entrepreneurship to the young and underprivileged children.”