Categories Used On The Map

For the purposes of this map Innovators are formally registered businesses, or sometimes non-profits, that are focused on bringing an innovative product, service, or platform to the market. This category can include large corporations which actively engage with the innovation ecosystem in Tanzania.

Pre-incubators, incubators or accelerators are specific programs for entrepreneurs and innovators in terms of business or sector-specific support. These are usually for a fixed time period, and in some cases involves a cohort of innovators. The purpose of these organisations is to support innovators in starting and/or scaling a product,  business or social enterprise. Pre-incubators usually support the phase from ideation to starting a company and incubators from starting a company or young company to profitable, professionally run company. Accelerators may be growth focused programmes, or faster than normal pre-incubation/incubation programmes.

The hub category includes co-working spaces, makerspaces, tech hubs, living labs, training hubs and other spaces for current or future innovators. They are often open-plan spaces or platforms through which the innovators and other stakeholders can connect and access a community. They may also target a specific group: women, children, unemployed young adults for example, or they may have an industry or technology focus: ICT, social innovation, agriculture, etc. They may run shorter or longer training or capacity building programmes, and host different workshops, hackathons, networking events, tech meetups and other events.

This category includes challenge funds, venture capital and private equity funds, investing organisations, government funds, and banks, all of which must either be formally registered entities or programmes run by registered entities.. The category includes these types of organisations only if they fund individual innovators directly.

This category includes the offices of international and local donor organisations, such as Embassies, UN organisations, World Bank, foundations, etc if they support programmes, organisations and funds directly involved in supporting the Tanzanian innovation ecosystem or the stakeholders within

This category includes any Tanzanian government ministry, department or agency, and organisations/projects initiated by the government which are directly supporting the innovation ecosystem or are otherwise directly relevant to innovators.

This category includes universities, colleges and training institutions with curriculum directly linked to the innovation ecosystem: natural and applied sciences, business and management, technology subjects and design programmes, for example.

Networking organisations, associations, and forums form this category, which includes organisations with a purpose of providing a platform for innovators to connect and collaborate. The networks vary in size and address multiple sectors and stakeholder types.

Registered businesses or other organisations offering relevant innovation support services such as business advisory services, consultancy or for example legal advice to innovators.


This category focus on people who exercises initiative by organizing a venture to take benefit of an opportunity and, as the decision maker, decides what, how, and how much of a good or service will be produced. In this group there are both small, medium and large entrepreneurs