Jumanne Mtambalike

Sahara Ventures

Jumanne Mtambalike (Born 1988) is Tanzania born entrepreneur and technologist. Jumanne is best known for champion building stable innovation ecosystems in Africa. He is a founder of Sahara Ventures, the parent company of Sahara Sparks event, Africa's largest event on innovation and technology entrepreneurship, Sahara Accelerator, a corporate-sponsored and venture-backed accelerator. He is mainly known in Tanzania as the first hub manager of Buni Innovation Hub and the champion of Silicon Dar, Tanzania first naturally formed technology district in the country’s financial capital Dar es Salaam. For two successive years 2017 and 2018 he was voted as the most influential Tanzanian in a science and technology on public voting facilitated by Avance Media. Jumanne is part of the St. Gallen Symposium, Leaders of Tomorrow and a judge of MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge. In 2014, Jumanne was selected by GeSCI as the best participant of the program Africa Leadership in ICT, a program that involved experts from across the African continent. Jumanne is also a blogger focusing on innovation, technology entrepreneurship and the future of Africa. He has written several thought-provoking articles about the innovation ecosystem in Africa.