Botswana probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about startup innovation in Africa.
But, don’t sleep on the country…
According to a recent article from The Borgen Project, Botswana is the fifth most innovative country in Africa–placing it ahead of Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, Malawi, and Burkina Faso.
This is big news for Botswana, especially since Kenya–referred to as Silicone Savannah–has long-been recognized as an epicenter of innovation in Africa.
But, with more energy and interest than ever surrounding technology entrepreneurship, Botswana is well on its way to a front seat.
Botswana has had an active tech scene for more than 10 years now, but only in recent years has the country’s startup atmosphere started to show signs of rapid advancement.
There’s no denying that Botswana is an upcoming contender in Africa’s developing tech ecosystem. As such, here are 3 predictions about the future of the country’s startup culture.
Prediction #1: Botswana will rival South Africa in startup innovation by 2023.
The innovative capacity of South Africa puts it in second place on Borgen’s list of innovative African countries. That said, it’s no surprise that South Africa’s startup ecosystem is booming in all key areas of tech and startup innovation.
However, the rate at which Botswana’s startup scene is gaining momentum, it has the potential to be one of Africa’s top three players within the next half-decade.
Prediction #2: Botswana’s startup ecosystem will make it a key player in the advancement of southern Africa’s economy within the next decade.
The increase of innovation naturally increases the productivity and strength of a country’s economy.
At this point, there is no reason why startup innovation should go unrealized in Botswana. So long as the country’s government continues to nurture and invest in this areas, Botswana positions itself to be a key contributor to southern Africa’s economy.
Prediction #3: Botswana’s current technical skill shortage will subside significantly in the next 3-4 years.
Although some rather big strides are being made in startup and digital innovation throughout Botswana, high-demand technical skills are still hard to come by. Currently, technical skills are relatively low across the country, but all that is quickly changing.
Increases in tech education and investments make Botswana eligible for considerable progress in this area in a short amount of time.
There’s no denying that the tech capacity of Botswana is picking up.
As a result, Botswana is showing great promise in delivering a startup culture that yields strategic, durable, high-return startup innovations that will have a broad impact on both the country and the continent as a whole.