Yesterday, Southern Africa’s incubator for mobile startups, mLab Southern Africa (SA), opened up for membership applications. mLabs SA announced that the incubator’s head office in Pretoria will be opening in officially on 15 September.
To apply entrepreneurs can visit the url www.mlab.co.za/apply. There are basically three types of membership: Community, Silver and Gold membership. The Community membership is free to join for anyone, but Silver and Gold membership requires the vetting process and members will pay some fees to receive structured support from mLabs.
mLabs SA is part of the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy initiative, supported by the World Bank. The Government of Finland and Nokia are also key sponsors of the programme. So far two mLabs have been created, the Southern Africa one and m:lab East Africa which is based in Kenya.
mLabs will generally provide an space for tech entrepreneurs to gain access to resources they need to nurture their startups. The incubator will also open funding opportunities for startups while building their skills capacity and providing an environment for networking with other entrepreneurs.