Leading Innovation Hub in Somalia

We are SIMAD iLab!

Simad iLab



Goals Jam

Innovation &



The first of its-kind in Somalia.

SIMAD iLab is a well-equipped coworking space that is dedicated to the Mogadishu innovation community. The iLab has a FabLab, the first digital fabrication space in Somalia; a coworking space; a conference room for startup competitions; napping room for enhancing productivity; and world-class seminar rooms.

Global Goals JAM

A global community of SDGs champions.

SIMAD ILab regularly works on achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Somalia. In collaboration with the Digital Society School (DSS) of Amsterdam University of Applied Science and UNDP, SIMAD iLab organizes the annual Global Goals Jam (GGJ) in Somalia. The GGJ is an initiative of the DSS and UNDP aimed at achieving the SDGs through design methods. SIMAD ILab was the first institute to host the GGJ event in Somalia and the fifth in Africa. The GGJ is a two-day event consisting of short design sprints. Creative local teams from all spheres of innovation design the future of Somalia.


We exist to help create startups.

Over the last two years, we supported more than 15 companies. From health food to cutting edge technology startups. Our founders live and breathe innovation. They solve problems. That’s SIMAD iLab innovation. Our entrepreneurs build complex technologies and hardware products that impact the world of today and tomorrow.


We help connect same-minded people.

Want to get to know SIMAD iLab from the inside? Join the Info Session and get a taste of what it is like at the tech incubator and ask all your questions.

Innovation Challengs

We challenge our community to take on local challenges.

To build and nurture a very strong innovation ecosystem in Somalia, we regularly host different innovation challenges. One signature event is Simathon, a hackathon competition for aspiring entrepreneurs and change makers who are passionate about tackling social issues. Simathon (abbreviated from SIMAD + Hackathon) is an event lasting 48 hours, in which a large number of young change makers meet to engage in collaborative activities.

Our Expert Mentors

With decades upon decades of experience between them, our mentors are a vital component of the SIMAD iLab ecosystem. In our startup programs, founders and mentors are matched for the best fit and work together through the duration of the program and beyond.

Mohamed Muse


Mohamed Okash


Fartun Ahmed


Ali Yasin


Ayub Mohamud


Bahja Ali


Abdiwahab Issac


Bring your business Idea to lifE

We actually built a good number of startups from scratch and we can make your dream come true. Hence, don't hesitate join us today!

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