Leading Innovation Hub in Somalia

We are SIMAD iLab


At SIMAD iLab, we help make a positive impact on Somalia and the world through entrepreneurship and our extensive startup ecosystem. Our “A” team is proactively engaged in startups’ journey from inception to exit, to empower and enable founders to contribute to a better Somalia.

We reach our goals by working together, sharing success and failures, and inspiring a culture driven by unlimited ambition. We’re an impact-driven innovation hub from the Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Our Vision

SIMAD iLab strives to become the best fully-fledged innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship hub in Somalia and beyond

Our Mission

SIMAD iLab mentors aspiring young entrepreneurs with a leading entrepreneurship and technology education that prepares them for wage employment

Our Approach

SIMAD iLab adopts Action Learning or learning by doing such as Project-Based Learning (PBL), workshop format, and case studies. Therefore, SIMAD iLab:

Facilitates student-led business challenge competitions to give students a chance to practice and solve real-world business challenges,

Offers hands-on practical courses on design thinking, agile development, lean startup, and effectual entrepreneurship,

Organizes industry competition intended to boost local innovation and productivity.

The "A" Team

It takes to be an “A” to work with us.

Mohamed Muse


Mohamed Okash

Head of Innovations

Bahja Ali

Head, women Development

Issac Yusuf

Partnership Builder

Advisory Board

We’re aware of the old adage, “Stand on the shoulders of giants”

The mandate of the SIMAD iLab is to become the leading institute that guides and contributes to the development of Somalia’s primary development sectors i.e., the livestock, agriculture, and fishery through the introduction of student-initiated startups. The youth should drive the development of Somalia. This requires the contribution of experts in the respective fields that the institute aspires to innovate and contribute. Therefore, SIMAD University invited senior business leaders and academicians to form and act as the Advisory Board of the SIMAD iLab. The Board comprises the following members:

Prof : Zuzuki - Kanichiro


Jibril Hassen


Hassen Bashir


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