Steve Tchoumba | SMCON23 Ambassador
Steve Tchoumba is the Executive Manager at ActivSpaces Cameroon, the ﬁrst tech hub in the country for digital entrepreneurs. Activ in ActivSpaces is short for African Center for Technology Innovation and Ventures. Steve is considered a key actor in the tech entrepreneurial system in Cameroon by his peers.
He joined ActivSpaces seven years earlier as the Business Development Manager, when the venture comprised only three people. It has since grown to a 16-person team with three innovation hubs in the country. The team helps digital entrepreneurs transform their ideas into sustainable businesses. He says that the role allows him to collaborate with stakeholders in innovation, tech, entrepreneurship and connect with schools, universities, investors, governments and international organizations as part of creating an environment for hub entrepreneurs to learn and grow.
He is also the President and Chair of KmerTech, the National Hubs Network in Cameroon. In this role, he facilitates collaboration amongst all the actors of the tech, entrepreneurship, and innovation ecosystem to better support entrepreneurs. He recently was elected a Board member of AfriLabs, the Pan- African hubs network that supports more than 320 hubs on the continent. A challenge, he says, is that due to the scarcity of resources, creating a culture of collaboration has been diﬃcult. Additionally, he has supported entrepreneurs in Senegal, “
L’Africa Excelle” and AYADALAB – Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. He has also contributed to building tech ecosystems in Tanzania, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Steve’s understanding and devotion of the entrepreneur’s ecosystem stems from his entrepreneurial spirit. He has co-founded Gifted, an education, e-commerce platform, Root Café, and most recently Free-Thinking Innovation. Steve also co-founded Makrea, a branding and communication company. Previously, Steve was the Managing Director of The Bridge International School in Cameroon and prior to that, a teacher at George Dixon International School in the UK.
Since 2019, Steve has been working with a non-profit proﬁt organization in Cameroon comprising six orphanages that facilitate education for about 60 children. In 2007, he won the Afro-Caribbean Youth Achievement Award (ACAP) and in 2005, the Princess Diana Award.
Join Steve Tchoumba at the forthcoming Silicon Mountain Conference, 2023