Adanian Labs is Revolutionalising tech startups in Africa – John Kamara

By Emmanuel Ukoh, Lagos

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Adanian Labs, a building technology powerhouse in Nigeria and Africa, is set to revolutionise technology startups in the continent.

Speaking with Voice of Nigeria in Lagos, Adanian Labs Chief Executive Officer, John Kamara said this feat will be achieved through the empowerment of technology start up initiatives in a borderless economy.

Kamara says: “As the world becomes increasingly more global, solutions to the world’s problems become a driving force for many entrepreneurs capitalising on the tech revolution.”

To accentuate this laudable mission, Adanian Labs has built studios across major African countries where technology companies and entrepreneurs are working assiduously to solve some of Africa’s most pertinent technological challenges. For now, Adanian Labs studios are found in some African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Egypt and South Africa.

According to John Kamara, “we are focusing on tech-savy young Africans, with the hope of attaining 300 impact-driven technology companies as overall target by 2025. Over 30 of these companies have benefitted from the Adanian support.”

Nigeria and Kenya Examples

Earlier in the year, five Nigerian startups with exceptional innovations were selected by Adanian Labs to join 12 months venture building programmes and receive up to $120,000 pre-seed funding.

We took in five startups in March and they really started in April. Two of them have gone from very minimum products to full products and they have been able to get clients who will now start paying them for their services”, John Kamara said.

Across the continent, East Africa, Kenya has about 35-40%, Nigeria has about 15-20%, Zambia about 10%, Tanzania 5%, South Africa also about 5-10%, so we’ll definitely say Nigeria and Kenya are the largest enterprise startups in our network.” Kamara explained.

Young tech start up entrepreneurs with Adanian Labs CEO John Kamara

He said these startups are expected to create thousands of jobs and be a destination for Foreign Direct Investments.

Selection process

Since its establishment in 2020, Adanian Labs has incubated fourteen (14) ground-breaking tech startups across sectors. The process of these selection is rigorous.

Entrepreneur’s resilience is the number one focal point for consideration and the second is the scalability of the venture.

Kamara insists that the focus of the startups is to create employment and by creating employment, it must be a solution provider.

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Adanian Labs offers a blend of technology development, technical support, business mentorship, access to market, partnership and funding, while helping startups apply lean principles in processes, learning, iteration and scaling of their innovations.

Adanian Labs’ mission is also to create a borderless economy by helping tech startups grow into emerging markets.

The aim according to Kamara is: “to build the next generation of socially-impactful and commercially-driven companies that will change the world from Africa”.

By building such markets, Kamara hopes to “see an Africa that will change” adding that he “wants to leave an Africa for the next generation that they will be proud of.”

Diversification

With a 50% percent success record in Africa, Adanian Labs has grown into a multi-million dollar company with stakes in different tech sectors. One such great success initiative is AfyaRekod.

AfyaRekod is a digital health data platform that focuses on the patient and allows health facilities to capture, store, have realtime access to and mobility of the patients’ health dstart

Developed as as patient-driven platform, the patient maintains the sovereign right of ownership to their health data.

This innovative venture, allows unfettered but secure and easy mobile access to a patient’s medical file records through a device.

More partnerships

With such innovations in healthcare, it is not surprising that Adanian Labs is in partnerships with many agencies in Nigeria.

According to Kamara, “partnership is an important part of job creation. We partner with lots of government agencies to co-create solutions to solve the problem of unemployment and that’s also another important part of our business-job creation.”

This aligns with the Nigerian government’s policy focus on developing MSMEs and empowering young entrepreneurs, through the N-Power programme.

 

 

 

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