Gearbox Lite

Gearbox lite, maker space

Gearbox is a new initiative led by Nairobi’s tech community to support innovative, hardware-based solutions to local problems. Many of Africa’s greatest challenges — providing clean energy to all, solving the sanitation crisis, building affordable housing, or achieving lasting food security — require hardware-based solutions. We believe there is no faster way to bring these solutions to bear than to give the next generation of African entrepreneurs the tools to design and build it themselves.

Over the last six years, Nairobi’s tech community has built an ecosystem to support software entrepreneurs to rival anywhere else on the planet. Led by companies like the iHub, Ushahidi, BRCK and Sanergy, many young entrepreneurs have realized that the same strategies — shared working space, affordable access to powerful tools, and connections to global resources — can benefit those developing new hardware technologies, too.

Gearbox is building that ecosystem. We are offering low-cost access to tools that most African designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs could only get by looking overseas. We are offering training in design, prototyping, and manufacturing tailored to the needs of entrepreneurs. We are connecting the worlds of engineering, design, development, entrepreneurship, and investment to pool our resources towards building sustainable solutions made in Africa, for Africa.


Nairobi, Kenya
Retail and wholesale, Agribusiness, Automotive, Banking, Clean technology, Computer hardware, Computer software, Construction, Creative, media and entertainment, Diversified services, E-commerce, Education, Electronics, Financial services, Food and beverage, Healthcare, Insurance, Internet, Leisure and travel, Manufacturing, Mobile, Real estate, Renewable energy, Telecom, Transport and logistics, Utilities, Waste management and recycling, Water, sanitation and hygiene


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    Gearbox Lite posted an update on the Hacker/Maker Space page Gearbox Lite.


    Gearbox is hosting a 3 day Industrial Design workshop from 30th Sept to 2nd October 2016. It could help improve your products, product design and production processes to positively impact the bottom line. Check out the workshop details and sign up at

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      Gearbox Lite posted an update on the Hacker/Maker Space page Gearbox Lite.

      Join Carsten Hochmuth at Gearbox Lite on August 18, 2016 to learn about best practices for Product Cost Estimation and Product Lifecycle Management.|new-product-introduction-for-industrial-manufacturing|229