The Seedstars Africa Regional Summit lasted for 3 days and brought together over 500 attendees commencing with a bootcamp for the participating startups, an ecosystem tour, investor day and culminated with a conference day on December 14th.
After hosting competitions in 20+ African countries throughout 2017, identifying the most promising startups and analyzing the local ecosystems, Seedstars World brought together the best and most promising entrepreneurs with ecosystem players, mentors, investors, corporates and other entrepreneurs across the continent. The event was hosted by local ambassador organisation UX Information Technologies with Standard Bank as the main platinum sponsor and supported by local and international partners such as the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Switzerland, Enel, Merck, Orange, Microsoft, amongst others.
“We have been on a long and interesting journey when it comes to entrepreneurship and technology in emerging markets. As part of the Seedstars DNA we want to be on the ground working directly with startups, corporates and other stakeholders. This is exactly the reason why we are travelling to 88+ ecosystems globally this year including over 20 countries in Africa. We are very excited to be able to bring the entire network together in Mozambique this year and together look into some of the opportunities of the continent and explore how technologies can rapidly improve the current status quo in emerging markets worldwide.” says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa.
Among the activities that characterized the summit was a conference that touched on the rising of Africa as an underdog, a shift from the informal to the formal economy, non-tech to high tech as well as movers, mobile and mobility, a session that looked into tech mobility on the continent.
There were also workshops that featured top business executives, experts and entrepreneurs which gave the opportunity for attendees to network with people in their sector of interest and to look for concrete solutions. Some of the speakers included Dysmus Kisilu from Solar Freeze who spoke on the future of energy and the collaboration of the entrepreneurs and corporate bodies in building profitable fintech ventures by Benjamin Benaim of Seedstars and more.
The Seedstars Africa summit also saw sixteen (16) startups across the continent taking turns to pitch. Among the selected startups included Gifted Mom (Cameroon), EMG Technologies (South Africa), Medsaf (Nigeria) and AgroCenta (Ghana).
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