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Strange for an article discussing the potential legacy of these many, many hubs -- some of which have now operated for years -- without mentioning a single profitable company, or even widely used application, which has arisen from them. Or mentioning the combined revenues of businesses created, or profits, or users of the apps created, ... or indeed ANY of the standard measures of entrepreneurial success.

Are the only profitable businesses created the hubs themselves, funded by aid money? Perhaps we need a new word to describe this phenomenon: "aidtrepreneurship".

By way of comparison we could look at another industry much less discussed: large-scale agriculture. For example, the horticulture industry just in Kenya produced $3 billion in revenue in 2012 (up from $2 billion in 2011) and employs more than 4 million people, exporting flowers, fruits and vegetables abroad (

How does this exciting African innovation industry fostered by the many IT hubs compare to such vibrant and productive businesses in terms of revenue, profit, and employment?

And which industry is contributing more to the prosperity and development of Africa?