Indigo Trust, a UK based grant making foundation, announced today that they, the US government and Hivos, have granted at least $280,000 to Hypercube, an organisation we wrote about here last month. The money is for the organisation to establish a technology hub in Harare. The hub, according to the announcement, will support tech entrepreneurs working on both commercial and social projects.
Indigo Trust is contributing £30,000, Hivos €40,000 annually for 3 years, and the US government – through a State Department Fund for Innovation in Public Diplomacy administered by the US Embassy in Harare – is contributing $75,000. The total amount, converted using the current rate, comes up to about US $280,000. The post says the grant was awarded to Hypercube following an assessment of 6 proposals by organisations (and individuals maybe) looking to implement a hub locally.
The Indigo post also says this is the thirteenth hub they have supported in Africa. According to the Indigo website they fund technology-driven projects to bring about social change, largely in African countries with focus mainly on innovation, transparency and citizen empowerment.
Disclosure: I was partly involved in the very early stages of consultations to establish this hub and posted about the experience on my personal blog here.