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  • African ventures can compete on the global stage – Seedstars head [Q&A]

    In recent years African startups have taken home a string of prizes from Swiss-based Seedstars, one of the world’s leading startup competitions.

    This is testament that Africa can indeed produce ventures able to compete on the global stage, says Seedstars CEO Alisée de Tonnac.

    But De Tonnac says although Africa is a “land of untapped opportunities” (see last year’s Africa winners here), it still has significant risks, related to socio-economic instability.

    In addition, potential investors don’t always understand the complex dynamics and cultural specialities of each country in the region, she says.

    It’s why the organisation in April launched a $100-million Seedstars Africa Ventures investment fund (see this story and this one).

    In an emailed interview with Ventureburn, De Tonnac details the impact that Seedstars has made, why the organisation is looking to recruit more women-founded startups and the idea behind its new investment readiness programme.

    What impact has the Seedstars competition had on emerging-market startups?

    Since inception, our mission has been to support entrepreneurs in emerging markets with better investment and educational opportunities.

    Over the last six years, we’ve managed to engage with more than 40 000 entrepreneurs from emerging markets who became participants of our events and programmes. We now represent a network of around 2000 investors actively investing in emerging markets.

    Looking more specifically at the alumni of the Seedstars World competition, which now represent 275 startups, what we know is that 85% of the companies still exist, they have created over 2500 direct jobs and fundraised over $250-million.

    For more than 40 startups that we’ve accelerated, the follow-on funding rate is over 40%, which is as high as (top accelerators – Ed) Techstars or YCombinator achieve.

    Of course, these numbers would be impossible without our partners, supporters, mentors, and ambassadors in every region who create valuable connections enabling the ecosystem to flourish.

    However, it is still difficult to measure the impact as a lot is quite intangible.

    I think the coolest and most recent story is that of our winner of the Transforming Education Prize, Schoolap, which further to winning the prize was invited to meet with the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who recommended their project to the Ministry of Education and this led to signing a partnership for 2.3 million students.

    The company was also approached by a couple of local and international investors, and a crucial collaboration is in progress with the largest bank in the country which will not only sponsor the production of the educational content but will also be financing Schoolap’s activities and development.

    How are African startups performing, compared with their counterparts on the programme?

    Over the last couple of years, we have witnessed that African startups take home some of the biggest prizes at the Seedstars summits.

    I believe that it’s a testament to the fact that Africa is indeed producing ventures that can compete on the global stage and do well at all levels of their businesses.

    However, it is also a bit of a numbers game, and we are excited about sourcing even more entrepreneurs, especially the ones that are more mature and ready to scale.

    But the challenge that remains unaddressed is that although this is the land of untapped opportunities, there are still a lot of risks related to the socio-economic instability. Moreover, potential investors do not always fully understand the complex dynamics and cultural specialities of each country in the region.

    But we are already working on tackling those challenges, and as an example here is the launch of $100-million Seedstars Africa Ventures investment fund this spring.

    Seedstars is now looking to increase the number of women-founded startups selected and the number of women mentors and judges. What is the idea here?

    We are not putting quotas on the number of women-founded startups that need to be selected in our programme, however, we are working very hard with the different teams and partners in figuring out how best to get more women-led businesses because they simply are the best (see this story).

    We are looking at the whole funnel from sourcing and screening to selecting the companies and trying to highlight our pitfalls and experiment on ways to get more and better women-founded businesses involved.

    This means we need to figure out how best we can serve the community of women-led businesses already existing and how best to participate in building more women-founded businesses. And for that, we are testing new sourcing channels, new ways to communicate (as simple as changing the wording of our communication) to organising specific training programmes and more personalised meetings to support the next generation.

    With regards to getting more women stakeholders (mentors, jury, speakers etc) onto the programme, this is another action we believe will have an impact in the mid-term, as the selection of the startups will be more diverse if we have a more diverse representation across all communities involved in building such an ecosystem.

    In 2018, we got a chance to meet extraordinary womenpreneurs and leaders of companies such as Cowtribe, Bluewave, Medsaf, MyFoodness who not only build efficient solutions for their societies but serve as an inspiring example for women and girls in Africa.

    How has your investment readiness programme performed so far?

    We launched the investment readiness programme (IRP) only a month ago, so it’s too early to talk about the impact and money raised as a result of the programme.

    We received more than 700 applications from all over the world, and so this number is one indicator that there seems to be a demand for such type of programmes. Our team selected 78 startups for the first programme batch, 20 of which are African businesses.

    In upcoming weeks, we’ll be working closely with the participants to prepare them for the first demo day which takes place at the end of next month.

    From that moment on, we intend to have some initial results on the startups’ performance. To have a greater engagement of entrepreneurs, we are also planning to launch a virtual programme.

    Africa is fairly divided between different regions, are we going to see sub-Saharan and North African startups compete under the same segment (rather than have the North African cities fall under the MENA region?)

    I agree that ideally we would want to have a more divided map to be as valuable as possible, but it becomes difficult for me to run so many teams across so many regions.

    We are already working hard to see how we can better customise our events and programmes locally, on a country basis, rather than on a one-continent-fits-all type of model, and that is why the IRP, I believe, has a lot of potential because education before anything needs to be highly customised.

    In five years’ time what do you aim to achieve with the new $100-million Seedstars Africa Ventures investment fund?

    Five years in, the fund will have already selected all the investees — over 30 tech and tech-enabled companies and over 10 dynamic enterprises.

    Our achievement at that stage will be that we’ve gathered together a portfolio of innovative, high-growth companies to support in any way we can.

    By then, we will hopefully have helped some regional champions emerge, but for the moment, we’ll still be looking forward as years five to 10 are critical in fostering exit opportunities and producing the financial return for the fund investors.

    Read more: Seedstars to expand local bootcamps, add more benefits in 2019 competition
    Read more: Here’s what you should know about Seedstars’ $100-million fund for African startups [Q&A]
    Read more: Seedstars announces $100m fund to invest in African tech startups [Updated]
    Read more: Meet the African startups that won this year’s Seedstars World pitch events [Updated]

    Disclosure: Ventureburn is a Seedstars media partner.

    Featured image: Seedstars CEO Alisee de Tonnac (Facebook)

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  • Local app helps farmers protect their livestock

    The financial impact of rising stock theft in South Africa has made it essential for farmers to use technology to stay a step ahead by keeping their herds in check.

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  • New AfDB fund to help grow electronic financial services for low-income communities

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) with its partners has launched the Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility (ADFI) which aims to expand digital financial transactions in Africa.

    The AfDB launched the fund last Wednesday (12 June) at its Annual Meetings in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

    In a statement on its website on the same day the AfDB said the fund is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the government of Luxembourg, who will act as the fund’s initial contributors.

    The fund aims to ensure that at least 320 million more Africans, of which nearly 60% are women, have access to digital financial services.

    The fund will deploy $100m in grants and $300m in the form of debt by 2030 to scale up electronic financial services for low-income communities

    The AfDB said the fund will deploy $100-million in grants and $300-million in the form of debt from the bank’s ordinary capital resources by 2030 to scale up electronic financial services for low-income communities.

    AfDB president Akinwunmi Adesina (pictured above) said the bank believes that with the right investments in innovation and smart digital growth, the obstacles to achieving financial inclusion and greater economic opportunity for all will be overcome.

    The interventions will be aligned to four pillars, namely  infrastructure — including digital and inter-operable payment systems — digital products and innovation, policy and regulatory reform and harmonisation, as well as  capacity building.

    The bank said the fund will also help to close the transaction gender gap between men and women.

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Michael Wiegand, who is the director of the foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor Programme, said financial inclusion achieved through digital financial service models can help relieve poverty on the continent while acting as a catalyst of sustainable economic development.

    The fund’s opening project, which serves as a pilot for the facility, is a $11.3-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to the AfDB and the central bank of various West African states.

    The grant will create an inter-operable digital payment system that will allow consumers to send and receive money between mobile wallets, and from these wallets to other digital and bank accounts.

    AFD deputy head for Africa Sébastien Minot said with the initiative, the agency is convinced that its joint efforts can contribute efficiently to bring down the barriers that still undermine the full potential of digital finance in Africa.

    The ADFI will work with banks and non-bank financial institutions, mobile network operators, remittance and payment service providers, fintech companies, government ministries, regulatory bodies as well as regional economic organisations.

    Featured image: AfDB president Akinwunmi Adesina (Flickr)

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  • Oze, Snode Technologies, WayaWaya each win $50k at MEST Africa Challenge final

    Three African startups — Ghana’s Oze, Kenya’s WayaWaya and SA’s Snode Technologies — have each won $50 000 in equity investments at the MEST Africa Challenge finals.

    In addition, MEST Africa — which runs a pan-African entrepreneurial training programme, seed fund, and incubator — said in a statement yesterday (13 June) that the three will each also receive $25 000 in credit from Microsoft.

    Oze is a business insights engine which aims to assist business owners to make data-driven decisions that will improve their performance and access to capital.

    WayaWaya provides fintech solutions that include payments, fund transfers and group savings. This, while Snode Technologies provides real-time cyber security to individuals and businesses.

    The MEST Africa Challenge finals took place during the fourth MEST Africa Summit in Nairobi

    The finals were held during the fourth MEST Africa Summit which kicked off on Monday (10 June) and ended on Wednesday (12 June) in Nairobi.

    The event saw entrepreneurs, investors, members of the tech community and executives from across Africa and the globe meet to explore innovations and rising stars in the African tech ecosystem. MEST said the event was attended by over 300 people.

    Panelists discussed topics ranging from data in the fintech space, to the latest in agritech and healthcare, to ways we can cultivate a pan-African tech community, and more.

    The summit featured keynotes from speakers who included: MEST Founder Jorn Lyseggen (pictured above, far right), Microsoft’s Chris Lwanga and Lori’s Josh Sandler, Bitange Ndemo, Philip Thigo, TLcom partner Andreata Muforo, Africa’s Talking CEO Bilha Ndirangu, Carbon co-founder Ngozi Dozie, as well as representatives from Google Launchpad, Safaricom and the African Development Bank.

    Commenting in the same statement, MEST Africa managing director Aaron Fu said the summit serves as a reminder of what Africa can achieve with the right blend of talent and experience.

    Said Fu: “We started this with the aim of creating a space for honest discussions on how the continent can continue to move forward and markets can come together. My personal hope is that we continue to see this grow and that more collaborations across markets take shape.”

    Read more: Meet the five finalists of the 2019 MEST Africa Challenge who will pitch for $50k

    Featured image, left to right: Snode Technologies CEO and founder Nithen Naidoo, Oze CEO and co-founder Meghan McCormick, WayaWaya founder Teddy Ogallo and MEST Founder Jorn Lyseggen (pictured above, right)

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  • Six Nigerian fintech startups to keep an eye on

    Fintech is one of the most attractive tech sectors for investment in Africa — and Nigeria, together with South Africa and Kenya, is leading the way on the continent when it comes to the number of hot fintech investments.

    report (opens as a PDF) released in March by French venture capital (VC) firm Partech Africa found that at least 33% of total funding raised by African tech startups last year was in the fintech sector, with a total of 42 deals accounting for $379-million.

    When it comes to disclosed 2018 deals of over $5-million, five Nigerian startups fintech startups — Mines, FlutterwavePaga, Paystack and Lidya — raised close to $50-million, against South Africa’s Jumo and Yoco collective over $80-million last year.

    There have some notable deals this year too, with startups KudiTeamApt and OneFi all having raised notable investments of at least $5-million each.

    In the below six startups, Ventureburn did not include Mines, Flutterwave or Paga.

    We did not include Paga, which raised $10-million in a Series-B funding last year (see this story), because the mobile payments company was founded in 2009 — and is therefore not a startup any longer.

    We did not include Flutterwave (which raised $10-million last year — see this story) and Mines (which raised raised $13-million also last year — see this story) as although both have Nigerian founders, both companies are based in the US.

    Here then are six Nigerian fintech startups to watch:

    Featured image (left to right): Paystack founders Shola Akinlade and Ezra Olubi (Ezra 'God' Olubi via Twitter)

    Paystack

    Nigerian payments startup Paystack was founded in 2015 by CEO Shola Akinlade and CTO Ezra Olubi (pictured above, left to right).

    In August last year the startup announced that it had raised $8-million in a Series A funding round led by US payments company Stripe (see this story). The deal was one of the biggest by an African tech startup in 2018 (see this story).

    At the time US tech publication Techcrunch reported that digital payments giant Visa and Chinese internet company Tencent were also involved in the round.

    The startup, which has offices in both Lagos and San Francisco, enables Nigerian businesses to accept Mastercard, Visa and Verve cards.

    In addition, the startup also supports payments through mobile money transfer services. The startup claims over 17 000 organisations use its platform. Paystack charges 1.5% and 3.9% on local and international transactions, respectively.

    The startup is on a hiring spree. Last month the company posted several calls on its Twitter account for a number of available positions, ranging from a French speaking technical product specialist to a product specialist that can speak Mandarin.

    Crunchbase estimates that the Lagos-based startup has raised up to $9.5-million in funding through five rounds since its launch. In 2016 the startup raised $1.3-million in seed funding from several investors including Comcast VenturesSingularity Investments, and Tencent.

    The startup made history in 2015 when it became the first Nigerian startup to be invited to join Y Combinator’s Accelerator programme (Check out the startup’s application here).

    Featured image, left to right: Kudi founders CTO Pelumi Aboluwarin and CEO Adeyinka Adewale (Supplied)

    Kudi

    Fintech startup Kudi is set to expand its network of bank agents in Nigeria and launch new financial products.

    This, after the startup in April announced that it had raised a $5-million Series-A round led by Paris-based venture capital firm Partech (see this story).

    The startup provides users with financial services that include payments, money transfers and cash withdrawals.

    Y Combinator (YC) CEO Michael Seibel, together with the startup’s existing investors YC and Khosla Ventures, also participated in the round. The deal will see Partech general partner and Partech Africa Fund co-lead Tidjane Dème join Kudi ‘s board.

    Kudi was founded in 2016 by CEO Adeyinka Adewale (pictured above, right) and CTO Pelumi Aboluwarin (pictured above, left), with its first product going to market in 2017.

    Partech said the round — which according to this US Securities and Exchange Commission filing is likely to have commenced in March — brings Kudi’s total investment since inception, to $6.7-million.

    The startup currently has an agent network of over 4500 merchants and processes over $30-million in payments a month.

    Last year the startup was among one of 12 startups selected to join the first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class. The startup was also selected as a finalist in both the 2017 Ecobank Fintech Challenge and 2017 AppsAfrica Innovation Awards.

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    TeamApt

    In February TeamApt announced that it had raised $5.5-million in a Series-A round led by Nigerian venture capital (VC) company Quantum Capital Partners (see this story).

    TeamApt — which is based in Lagos and was founded by Tosin Eniolorunda (pictured above) in 2015 — supplies financial and payment solutions to Nigeria’s largest commercial banks — including Zenith, UBA, and ALAT.

    Techcrunch reported in an article at the time that it planned to use the funds to expand its white label digital finance products and pivot to consumer finance with the launch of its AptPay banking app.

    Quoting Eniolorunda, Techcrunch said TeamApt has a developer team of 40 in Lagos.

    In a report also in February, business daily Business Day Nigeria said the investment is historic, as it is the first deal involving a Nigerian VC which has crossed the $5-million mark in funding technology startups in the country.

    Business Day Nigeria said that since it was founded, TeamApt has signed up 100,000 Nigerian businesses and that it currently serves three million customers and processes monthly transactions valued at $160-million.

    Featured image, left to right: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and OneFi CEO and co-founder (Chijioke Dozie via Twitter)

    OneFi

    In March, Lagos based finance company OneFi announced that it had acquired payments solutions startup Amplify for an as yet undisclosed amount (see this story).

    Lagos based Amplify said the deal — which took effect on 1 March — will see OneFi add Amplify’s assets, trademarks, as well as the fintech’s flagship products AmplifyPay and mTransfers to its portfolio.

    The acquisition will also see Amplify co-founder and CTO Maxwell Obi join OneFi as a head of payments and SME services, while Amplify co-founder and CEO Segun Adeyemi will leave to pursue new ventures.

    It’s been a busy year so far for the startup. In the same month it announced that is had secured a $5-million debt facility from New York and Nairobi-based debt platform Lendable (see this story).

    OneFi said the investment would be used to deploy more loans on its consumer facing mobile platform Paylater. The platform also helps users transfer money, recharge airtime and pay bills.

    OneFi was founded in 2012 by CEO Chijioke Dozie (pictured above with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg) and director Ngozi Dozie. Business intelligence platform Crunchbase estimates that — excluding this latest investment — OneFi has raised a total of $10.8-million across three funding rounds.

    OneFi said in March that since launching Paylater in 2016, the consumer facing platform has deployed over $60-million across 750 000 loans — approving over 1500 loans daily at an average of $80 per loan.

    In 2017, Paylater was one of three African startups selected to join the fifth class of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator. In the same year, the platform was also one of 20 finalists of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Last year, Paylater was one of five finalists in the fourth edition of the AppsAfrica Innovation Awards.

    Featured image (left to right): Lydia founders Ercin Eksin,and Tunde Kehinde (Supplied)

    Lidya

    Lidya’s platform assists small African businesses to manage their funds as well as access credit. The startup was founded in 2016 by Ercin Eksin and Tunde Kehinde (pictured above, left and right).

    In May last year the startup announced that it has raised $6.9-million in a Series-A round led by Silicon Valley-based philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network (see this story). The deal was one of the biggest by an African tech startup in 2018 (see this story).

    At the time Lidya said the funding would be used to scale operations in Nigeria, as well as to launch in new markets in Africa, in addition to hiring more staff and expanding the company’s loan book.

    Since its launch, Lidya claims it has provided over 1500 loans to business operating in retail, farming, tech, hospitality, and logistics.

    In 2017 the startup — which is a participant of the MasterCard Start Path Programme — raised $1.25-million in a seed round led by Accion Venture Lab.

    Piggybank.ng

    Automated savings platform Piggybank.ng announced in June last year that it had raised $1.1-million in seed funding (see this story).

    The $1.1-million investment was led by LeadPath Nigeria co-founder Olumide Soyombo. Two venture capital firms, Village Capital and Ventures Platform, also participated in the round.

    The platform which targets low-income Nigerian millennials was founded by Somto Ifezue, Odunayo Eweniyi and Joshua Chibueze (pictured above, left to right) founded in 2016.

    Last year’s round follows the $50 000 seed funding that the startup received in 2017 from Village Capital (see this story).

    The company, which helps its 53 000 users, known as Piggybankers, save about $55 per month — claims it has recorded between 20% to 35% growth in users.

    Piggybank.ng’s platform is free to anyone and users can save from $1 a day. Users get to restrict withdrawals until an agreed date. Alternatively, users can withdraw their savings on a quarterly basis, whereby savings drawn outside of the agreed day attract a five percent early withdrawal fee.

    Savers can expect to earn on average six percent per annum on automated savings or 10.95% per annum on the fixed deposit product, Safelock where they can withdraw funds once per quarter.

    The startup has participate in several accelerator and business development programmes, including Google Launchpad Africa, Blackbox, CcHub’s Pitch Drive and Google for Entrepreneurs.

    *Both Ventureburn editor Stephen Timm and writer Daniel Mpala contributed to this piece.

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  • Top startup events in South Africa, Africa you should know about this week [14/6/2019]

    This Friday (21 June) Nedbank and RLabs will launch the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme, towards which Nedbank has donated R3.2-million for 50 enterprises to participate.

    Also taking place in the city is an info session on Africa’s first artificial intelligence (AI) focused venture capital (VC) fund on Thursday (20 June).

    In Nigeria, Ventures Platform will on Saturday (22 June) host a workshop on startup valuation, term sheet and compliance at Hub One in Lagos. Also taking place in the city is the first government-backed edtech conference on Thursday at Havilah Events Centre.

    This article is part of a weekly series that highlights all the top startup events, competitions, networking sessions, workshops and conferences in Africa.

    If you have any event recommendations for us to add to the list, or next week’s, please let us know in the comments below or send us an email.

    Not all of the events are free and some will require booking in advance. Please click on the event names to find out more information.

    Cape Town

    Foresight Launch Event

    John Sanei will present his new book Foresight and chat about human psychology and futurism.

    Date: 19 June, 5pm to 7pm
    Location: Workshop 17, Watershed, 17 Dock Road, Cape Town

    Johannesburg

    ID4 Africa Identity Week 

    The conference, which is expected to attract more than 1300 delegates, will see industry experts share their knowledge with key decision-makers while exchanging vast information and vital experiences with professionals from different fields.

    Motivated by the need to promote legal identity for all in Africa, the annual meeting brings together African nations on their journey to develop robust and responsible ID ecosystems around digital identity in the service of development, humanitarian action, security and facilitation.

    Date: 19 June, 5pm to 7pm
    Location: Emperors Palace, 64 Jones Road Kempton Park, Johannesburg

    Africa + Tech

    Join this talk to explore the megatrends that will shape your career. The event will cover the interaction of two current megatrends: the impending population explosion in Africa and the effects of rapid technological innovation on professional work.

    Date: 20 June, 6pm
    Location: Radisson Hotel Waterfront, Granger Bay, Cape Town

    Cortex Ventures info session

    Join Cortex Ventures CEO Nick Bradshaw for an info session on Africa’s first AI-focused VC fund.

    Date: 20 June, 11am to 12pm
    Location: 3rd Floor, Bandwidth Barn, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

    Seda Sasolburg Enterprise Coaching Programme Launch

    Join the launch of the Small Enterprise Development Agency’s (Seda) Enterprise Coaching Programme, which over the next 10 months aims to mentor entrepreneurs and help accelerate their growth.

    Date: 20 June, 9am to 12pm
    Location: Emerald Resort & Casino, 777 Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, Vanderbijlpark

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme Launch

    Nedbank, in partnership with RLabs, will hold the launch of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme, towards which Nedbank has donated over R3.2-million for 50 enterprises to participate.

    Date: 21 June, 10am to 11am
    Location: RLabs, 66 Tarentaal Road, Bridgetown, Athlone

    Benin

    Startup Grind Cotonou

    Startup Grind Cotonou will host Swap Consultancy CEO Francis Wepngong Ndi.

    Date: 22 June, 2.30pm to 5.30pm
    Location: New Rivoli Hotel, Avenue Steinmertz, Cotonou

    Egypt

    Cairo Technology Week

    Cairo Technology Week is the most exclusive technology event which brings together global vendors, technology providers and the most influential ICT decision makers from various sectors including banking and financial services, manufacturing, education, healthcare and transportation.

    Date: 17 to 19 June, 9am to 10pm
    Location: Hilton Cairo Heliopolis, El-Orouba, Sheraton Al Matar, Cairo Governorate

    Ghana

    Startup Meetup 19

    Startup meetup brings together entrepreneurs, creatives and other stakeholders to meet, connect and build globally competitive brands.

    Date: 22 June, 5pm to 8pm
    Location: Accra Digital Centre

    Kenya

    Money matters, mindset and entrepreneurship

    Need help getting to grips with money matters? In this workshop, business coach Danielle Anderson will cover how to easily calculate your personal and business budgets, as well as how to translate that into pricing and sales requirements, how to overcome money blocks that may be keeping your business unsustainable.

    Date: 18 June, 6pm to 8.30pm
    Location: 14 Riverside Drive, Suite 6A, 6/F Belgravia, Nairobi

    Morocco

    212 Founders meetup

    Join this event to meet the 212 Founders team to learn more about CDG Invest’s incubation programme and investment modalities.

    Date: 18 June, 7.30pm to 11pm
    Location: Commons Zerktouni, 179, Corner Blvd. of London and Boulevard de la Resistance, Casablanca

    Seedspace Casablanca Open Day

    Join the launch event of Seedspace Casablanca. The hub will bring together the innovation and technology community in a physical space where entrepreneurs can meet investors and startups can learn from mentors and experts.

    Date: 18 June, 9am to 5pm
    Location: Seedspace Casablanca, 3 Boulevard Al Massira Al Khadra, Casablanca

    Startup Weekend Fes 2019

    Startup Morocco, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Euro-Mediterranean University of Fez have teamed up to host this event which aims to bring together entrepreneurs and mentors for a weekend of innovation and creation.

    Date: 21 to 23 June, 5pm to 8pm
    Location: Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes, Fez-Meknes

    Nigeria

    Women Entrepreneurs

    GroFin in partnership with Sheba Centre, we will host the “Breaking The Myth” series for a community of women entrepreneurs who, in the course of these events, will garner more knowledge on sustaining their business, having proper structure in place as well as implementing the right strategies for business growth.

    Date: 20 June, 10am
    Location: Sheba Centre, 20 Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Maryland, Lagos

    Civictech startups and international partnerships

    Open Gov Hub director Nada Zohdy will discuss how civictech startups can gain from international partnerships.

    Date: 20 June, 5pm to 7pm
    Location: 42 Montgomery Rd, Yaba, Lagos

    African Edutech Conference

    The Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) together with EduFirst.ng will host the first ever Nigerian EduTech Conference which has been endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Education.

    Date: 20 June, 8am to 5pm
    Location: Havilah Events Center, Oniru Road, Lagos

    WennoChat June Edition Ibadan

    WennoChat is a monthly ecosystem engagement platform that brings together entrepreneurs, business executives, students, developers, freelancers and other key ecosystem stakeholders to learn, network, share knowledge and experience around key issues affecting the business and tech innovation community in Nigeria.

    Join Vanguard Pharmacy CEO Taofik Odukayo as he discusses how to handle business hurdles.

    Date: 21 June, 3pm to 5pm
    Location: Wennovation Hub, Ibadan

    Startup Grind Kano

    Startup Grind Kano will host Brainstorm IT Solutions CEO Idris Abdulqadir Dangana in a fireside chat where he’ll share his life as an entrepreneur and lessons he’s learnt at various moments in his career.

    Date: 21 June, 4pm to 6pm
    Location: DiceBox Innovation Hub, Government House, No 3 Sabo Bakin Zoo Road, Kano

    Startup Grind Lagos State University

    Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme programme manager Uwem Uwemakpan will discuss the challenges faced by student entrepreneurs in the university and give tips on how to overcome them.

    Date: 22 June, 2pm to 4pm
    Location: 2 in 1 Hall Faculty of Management Sciences, Lagos State University, Lagos

    Startup Grind Bauchi

    Startup Grind Bauchi will host a fireside chat with IGold Suave Foundation CEO Andikan Elishamah.

    Date: 22 June, 10am to 1pm
    Location: Uplift Hub, First Floor, Isa, Yuguda House, 19/23 Jos Road, Bauchi

    Startup Valuation, Term Sheet & Compliance

    Join this workshop to learn the various investment instruments available to the founders and the nuances of each. In addition, the workshop will cover the key clauses tolook out for, the implication of these clauses and why investors like to have some of these causes inserted in their transaction documents.

    Date: 22 June, 10am to 3pm
    Location: Hub One, 10 Hughes Avenue, Lagos

    Tunisia

    Africa Moves The Big Summit

    This five-day event will bring together startups, investors, innovation experts, as well as tech enthusiasts from across the continent and the world with the aim of getting them to exchange ideas and build connections with one another.

    The Big Summit will feature a three-day forum that will include round-table discussions and keynote speeches that will tackle challenges faced by African countries, a tech and innovation exhibition that will span three days, as well as a hackathon and startup challenges.

    Date: 17 to 21 June
    Location: City of Culture, Avenue Mohamed 5, Tunis

    Zambia

    Innovate 4 Water Marketplace Forum

    This forum is meant to connect like-minded people and organisations to share ideas and innovations on the solutions that we have that address challenges in the water nexus sector.

    Date: 19 to 20 June, 9pm to 6pm
    Location: InterContinental Lusaka, Haile Selassie Avenue, Lusaka

    Featured image: Delegates pictured at the Africa Early Stage Investor Summit 2018 held in Cape Town in November last year. (Robert Cable)

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