Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct (Digital Lab Africa)

Digital Lab Africa has been initiated in 2016 by the French Embassy and the French Institute of South Africa as part of their on-going support to creative industries. The Digital Lab Africa is organised in partnership with Discop Africa, Trace, Lagardere Studios, La Sacem & Tshimologong together with a range of French and Sub-Saharan African partners.

About Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, South Africa

Established in 2016 in the vibrant inner-city district of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct incubates digital entrepreneurs and grows the skills pipeline for the digital economy through collaboration with academia, corporates, government and entrepreneurs. In July, 2018, Tshimologong launched a Digital Content Hub, an incubator of innovative and creative audio-visual content, in partnership with the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS). The idea of establishing a Digital Content Hub is born from an existing collaboration between Tshimologong and Digital Lab Africa, an initiative launched by IFAS in 2016 to support African start-ups creating multimedia content. Tshimologong and IFAS have thus joined forces to integrate the existing Digital Lab Africa program within the Digital Content Hub.


The Digital Lab Africa call for projects targets artists, producers, designers, startups, students in the media and creative industries. The call is open to any individual from Sub-Saharan African region having an innovative project in 5 categories of multimedia production: web creation, virtual reality, video game, animation  and digital music.
The applicants have to be based in this region or being nationals of one of the Sub-Saharan African countries, provided the project development is mostly implemented locally.
DLA is looking for projects at initial stage of development, in need of partners and financial support and innovative in terms of narration, content or technologies.

Ciclic Animation is partner and mentor of the Animation category since 2018 and will welcome one of the two winners of this category for a one month residency and mentorship.

WINNER 2018Dimbit by Feben Elias | ARMA Advertising | ETHIOPIA
WINNER 2019Ringa Mzansi by Lwazi Msipha | SOUTH AFRICA
WINNER 2020Mannerisms by Bokang Koatja | SOUTH AFRICA

WINNER 2021: Aminah's Journey by Brian Wilson | NIGERIA

Application deadline for DLA #5 : 4 April 2021

DLA Incubation Pass

  • Mentorship by leading companies in digital
  • Residence time in France within a digital cluster
  • Participation in benchmark events