AfricArena 2018 - AfricArena

What is AfricArena?

The first edition of AfricArena represented an opportunity to explore tomorrow’s trends while unleashing some of the continent’s best startups and innovators. It brought together key figures in the international and African tech innovation ecosystem and offered the opportunity to promote African tech excellence.

The conference’s main objectives were to:

  • Strengthen the international traction of Africa’s tech startups
  • Promote the African tech ecosystem and its opportunities
  • Attract entrepreneurs and investors to Africa
  • Establish AfricArena as Africa’s leading tech conference

The 2018 edition will welcome 800+ attendees, new exciting conference topics, an Xperience Area, new partners and new challenges. With the AfricArena Tour, sourcing startups in ten key tech cities of the continent, we want to bring you the top startups of Africa.

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2018 Speakers

Antoinette Prophy Founder and Managing Director at 88 Business Collective
Carl Wazen Co-founder and CBO at Yoco
Andrea Böhmert Co-Managing Partner Knife Capital
Cedric Atangana CEO of WeCashUp
Cathy Goddard CEO at Firebird Fund Managers
Clive Butkow CEO of Kalon Venture Partners
Aubrey Hruby Co-Founder of the Africa Expert Network
Alan Buck Chief Marketing Officer at L’Oréal South Africa
Brett Commaille Lead partner for AngelHub Ventures
Charlotte Koep Investment Associate at 4Di Capital
Craig Mullett President of Branison Group
Eitan Stern Director at Legalese
Gilles Le Cocguen Head of EuroQuity at Bpifrance
Guido Schwartz Senior Innovation & Business Development Manager at AIRBUS
Jake Bright Advisor and Contributor on Africa at TechCrunch and Crunchbase
Jean-Claude Lasserre General Delegate Sub-Saharan Africa & Chief Executive Officer Construction Products at Saint-Gobain
Jerome Touze CMO of Travelstart
John Sanei Speaker & Strategist
Justin Stanford Co-founding general partner at 4Di Capital
Katie Wilter Head of Sourcing & Marketing at WeThinkCode_
Kerry Petrie CEO of Silicon Cape
Lisa MacLeod Head of Digital at Tiso Blackstar Group
Lydia Babaci-Victor Director of Innovation & Development at Vinci Energies
Martin Karanja Senior Market Engagement Manager for GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Programme
Matsi Modise Founder of Furaha Afrika Holdings
Maxime Marion Business Developer at Engie Africa for Customer Solutions
Motlhabane Koloi Legal Manager and head for Smart Cities and SDG initiatives at Startupbootcamp AfriTech
Otema Yirenkyi Founder & CEO of NexInnova
Richard Nischk SaaS enthusiast and entrepreneur
Siby Diabira Regional Director at Proparco
Zachariah George Co-founder and CIO at Startupbootcamp
William Kwende Founder AGRITECH Group Holdings Intl
Viola A. Llewellyn Co-founder of Ovamba Solutions, Inc.

2018 Exhibitors

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