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Most Innovative Companies

iHub

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2014 "The idea was that we would work and talk together," says Erik Hersman, founder of the Nairobi, Kenya–based technology center iHub, "and that by putting a lot of smart people in the room, good things would happen." So far, so good: In 2013, the three-year-old iHub passed 10,000 members. Hersman and a few dozen colleagues created the center as a hybrid between a coworking space and a university commons, a place that could house startups, offer superfast Internet connections to freelancers, serve as an office for Africa's most ambitious coders, and link Kenyans to a host of outside companies—such as Microsoft and Intel—seeking to connect with local technologists.
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