Hano Social Innovation Hub


Hano Social Innovation Hub (HSIH) was established by Hano Academy in 2016 to provide a clear pre-incubation program to support potential entrepreneurs define their business ideas and develop their business plans to the point where they can be evaluated as profitable enterprises.

To us, no idea is too big or too small to accomplish. Thus, we support entrepreneurs from all walks of life including youth, women, IDPs, refugee returnees, and university graduates to test their innovativeness and ability to bring ideas into reality. We believe that Somalia has many potential youths with the ability to provide solutions through entrepreneurship. However, many circumstances derail their efforts in succeeding in their business plans. Thus, HSIB offers a platform for research, design thinking, brainstorming and prototyping of most viable ideas. As part of this initiative, we partnered with local and international entrepreneurship experts and local banks to support the entrepreneurs.

Aims and Objectives
  • To empower the youth, women, IDPs and Refugee Returnees in Somalia through business start-up programs including market research, training, coaching, mentorship and assistance in starting their own businesses
  • To enhance the culture of entrepreneurship and promote innovation, creativity and engagement that enhances economic development among youth, women, IDPs and Refugee Returnees
  • To reduce unemployment rate in Somalia through entrepreneurship


Hano Social Innovation Hub (HSIH) is an alternative placement, early-stage incubator, accelerator and connector for the generation of innovative business ideas. We are focused on empowering the next wave of leaders, social entrepreneurs and social innovators focused on bringing economic and social empowerment to Somalia. Below are some of our services which currently offer:

  • Training
  • Rental Offices
  • Co-working space
  • Business Bootcamp
  • Business Networking​
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Business Shower and Networking Opportunities
  • Supports Hano Academy’s graduates to access Business Start-up Kits/Tools
  • Business Support Service for new entrepreneurs and SME to access micro-business finance, network and technology

Coming Soon…

  • Maan-Maal: The Somali Leapfrog Foundry for Innovative Business Ideas