The startup support organization known as Draper Startup House has opened new sites in the countries of Malawi and Namibia as part of its ongoing development across Southern Africa.
Draper Startup House (DSH) is a global network of places connected to services, education, and investment. It was initially established in Singapore in 2018 by Vikram Bharati as Tribe Theory, a dormitory concept for digital nomads. DSH has since expanded into a global network.
DSH is a component of the Draper Venture Network, which was established by Timothy Cook Draper, an American venture capital investor. The DSH community has over 35,000 members from 60 different countries who utilize its resources in the areas of education, technology services, investment, and community building. Draper is also the founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), Draper University, and Draper Associates. Some of his most notable investments include Baidu, Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, SpaceX, AngelList, Twitter, Coinbase, and Robinhood.
It was recently reported by Disrupt Africa that DSH had opened its first location in Southern Africa in Lusaka, Zambia in partnership with the BongoHive hub. Since then, the company has expanded its brand to Lilongwe, Malawi and Windhoek, Namibia by entering into partnership deals with mHub and Kamatjona.
"Adding Namibia and Malawi to DSH's African network is important to our vision to build a regional network of co-living spaces for startup founders as well as digital nomads and to establish multinational accelerator programs," said Phuong Phan, DSH's regional manager for East and Southern Africa. "Our vision is to build a regional network of co-living spaces for startup founders as well as digital nomads and to establish a regional network of co-living spaces for startup founders