The tech revolution has provoked a bigger shift in the way people use assets. A PwC report reveals that the sharing economy sectors could generate across the globe $15 billion to $335 billion by 2025.
“You have Airbnb for sharing rooms, Blablacar for sharing cars and Jokkolabs for sharing offices,”
says François Masson, a French Insurance Professional turned social entrepreneur in Benin.
François is the lead of Jokkolabs Cotonou, a co-working space part of a network of similar spaces across West Africa. They offer a place to young entrepreneurs to find inspiration, work on their projects with high speed internet access, share ideas and meet other like-minded people.
In this fifth episode of NOCTechAfrica series, where I interview inspiring African Tech entrepreneurs in the diaspora and on the continent, to explore how to unlock the potential of Africa and what it takes to succeed on the continent, François tells us about:
- What motivated him to start Jokkolabs Cotonou
- The joys and challenges of running a co-working space in Benin
- How he funds this venture
- How the co-working space is promoted
- How Benin talents are creating tech solutions both for the local and international markets
- His hope for the future of the lab
- Why being late in tech can be a blessing in disguise for Africa
- And much more
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For more information, visit francinebeleyi.com or follow me on Twitter @FrancineBeleyi and the hashtag #NOCTechAfrica. Coming up soon, the film documentary: Will the Next Revolution come from Africa? Stay tuned.
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