AfricArena 2018 Tech Conference # Event Schema
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November 2019 | Cape Town

What is

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AfricArena is a conference that showcases Africa’s best startups and innovators in front of an audience of local and international investors looking for world-class talent.

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The Tour Challenge pre-selections will take place in several tech capitals of Africa. Pick a Challenge, select your country, upload your pitch and video, and get the chance to pitch at home in front of international judges.

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Why Attend?

Pitch ideas to investor challenges or your product/service to startup challenges live in front of an audience of investors and venture capitalists. Meet and engage with delegates across a broad spectrum of industries, and connect with other talented startups.

Hear from an excellent panel of highly acclaimed speakers and communicators, and connect with other delegates across a broad spectrum of industries. Witness the best of African startups and innovators pitch creative solutions to real-world business problems.

AfricArena is the “Shark Tank” of startup talent in Africa, showcasing live investor pitches and startup challenges to real-world business problems. AfricArena is the perfect platform to uncover the best investment opportunities in the African tech innovation ecosystem.

Share the stage with an excellent panel of highly acclaimed speakers and communicators, and speak to a high-profile, captivated audience of everybody who’s anybody in the tech startup ecosystem space.

What happened
in 2018

AfricArena is a conference that showcases Africa’s best startups and innovators in front of an audience of local and international investors looking for world-class talent.

The second AfricArena conference took place in November 2018. The event brought together key figures to the international and African tech innovation ecosystem, aiming to promote African Tech excellence.

The 2-day conference, AfricArena 2018, hosted 500+ attendees, with over 50 speakers and more than 70 African tech startups pitching for 150+ investors from across the globe, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really showcase Africa’s innovation talent.

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2018 Speakers

Helen Zille Premier of the Western Cape
AfricArena speaker John Sanei
John Sanei Speaker & Strategist
AfricArena speaker Katie Wilter
Katie Wilter Head of Sourcing & Marketing at WeThinkCode_
AfricArena speaker Jerome Touze
Jerome Touze CMO of Travelstart
AfricArena speaker Viola Llewellyn
Viola A. Llewellyn Co-founder of Ovamba Solutions, Inc.
AfricArena speaker William Kwende
William Kwende Founder AGRITECH Group Holdings Intl
Buhle Goslar Chief Customer Officer at JUMO
AfricArena speaker Clive Butkow
Clive Butkow CEO of Kalon Venture Partners
AfricArena speaker Lisa MacLeod
Lisa MacLeod Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group
AfricArena speaker Jerome Touze
Jake Bright Advisor and Contributor on Africa at TechCrunch and Crunchbase
Aubrey Hruby Co-Founder of the Africa Expert Network
Carl Wazen Co-founder and CBO at Yoco
Andrea Böhmert Co-Managing Partner Knife Capital
Vuyisa Qabaka Co-founder at Uprise Africa
Cathy Goddard CEO at Firebird Fund Managers
Mitchan Adams Co-founder of I-Pay
Charlotte Koep Investment Associate at 4Di Capital
AfricArena speaker Craig Mullett
Craig Mullett President of Branison Group
AfricArena speaker Otema Yirenkyi
Otema Yirenkyi Founder & CEO of NexInnova
French Tech Cape Town
Christophe Viarnaud Co-founder & CEO at Methys
Neku Atawodi-Edun Director Investor Relations, MEST Africa
AfricArena speaker Eitan Stern`
Eitan Stern Director at Legalese
AfricArena speaker Matsi Modise
Matsi Modise Founder of Furaha Afrika Holdings
AfricArena speaker Kerry Petrie
Kerry Petrie CEO of Silicon Cape
Martin Karanja Senior Market Engagement Manager for GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Programme
Richard Nischk SaaS enthusiast and entrepreneur
Julia Raphaely CEO of Associated Media Publishing
AfricArena speaker Justin Stanford
Justin Stanford Co-founding general partner at 4Di Capital
Zachariah George Co-founder and CIO at Startupbootcamp
Siby Diabira Regional Director at Proparco
Brett Commaille Lead partner for AngelHub Ventures
Jean-Claude Lasserre General Delegate Sub-Saharan Africa & Chief Executive Officer Construction Products at Saint-Gobain
AfricArena speaker Antoinette Prophy
Antoinette Prophy Founder and Managing Director at 88 Business Collective
Maxime Marion Business Developer at Engie Africa for Customer Solutions
Alan Buck Chief Marketing Officer at L’Oréal South Africa
Lydia Babaci-Victor Director of Innovation & Development at Vinci Energies
Motlhabane Koloi Legal Manager and head for Smart Cities and SDG initiatives at Startupbootcamp AfriTech
Gilles Le Cocguen Head of EuroQuity at Bpifrance
Alexis Grosskopf COO & Center Manager of The French South African Tech Labs
Bruno Duval Chief Innovation Officer at Joon
Ethel Cofie CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting
James Milne Head of Investment Promotion at WESGRO
James Townsend-Rose Director of Africa Partnerships at JUMO
Juan Furmie Founding partner of ThisIsMe
Kieno Kammies Breakfast Show Host / Angel Investor / Entrepreneur / AI Strategist
Kungela Mzuku CEO and Co-founder of Proof of Steak
AfricArena speaker Aaron Fu
Aaron Fu Managing Director at MEST
Brandon Paschal Head of Incubation at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab
Charles Ojei Partner and CEO of HYBR
Sisanda Ntshinga
Tanya Van Lill CEO at SAVCA

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