Guerra Tech Hub Transforms Northern Benin through Digital Innovation

By : Melchior Koba

Date : lundi, 17 juin 2024 13:08

As a technological center, its objective is to make digital skills accessible to everyone. Located in northern Benin, the center has already trained thousands of people.

Guerra Tech Hub, an innovative digital center located in Parakou, northern Benin, was founded in 2018 and is led by Vidjinnangni Grégory Thoto, a Beninese entrepreneur and project innovation manager who serves as its president. The hub is dedicated to creating environments that act as catalysts for building the Africa of tomorrow: disruptive, collaborative, and inclusive.

The hub boasts a community of passionate individuals, including developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. It emphasizes practical skill enhancement, collaboration, and problem-solving. Over six years, Guerra Tech Hub has designed and developed several programs, with its flagship initiative being Hack Her_. This program targets unemployed women aged 18 to 30, introducing them to digital professions, technological culture, and coding basics in cohorts of 30.

Other notable programs include Guerra Impulse, Keoubougou Pi, and ImpalaEdTech – Parakou. Guerra Impulse supports entrepreneurs in the creation and development of their business projects. This 12-month program targets early-stage entrepreneurs, selecting five startups or projects per cohort to participate.

Keoubougou Pi aims to inspire young schoolchildren in northern Benin by familiarizing them with computer science, preparing them to become digital citizens. ImpalaEdTech – Parakou seeks to cover all aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education in the long term. The center promotes the teaching and use of ICT in schools and creates job opportunities for young people, especially girls, in the ICT field.

To date, Guerra Tech Hub has trained over 120 young women, more than 500 tech educators, and over 15,000 individuals in northern Benin through its programs. It has also invested over $175,000 in the Beninese tech ecosystem.

Melchior Koba


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