Welcome to the AfricArena Podcast, the African tech and innovation audio show. For those who don't know, AfricArena is a pan-African ecosystem accelerator whose mission is to help African startups access bigger markets and raise more capital. Each year during our tour, we scour the major capitals of the continent in search of the most game changing startups in each region which we then bring to our annual summit in Cape Town in Nov of that year. In each episode we chat to the the most interesting thought leaders, founders, investors and corporate change makers of our time, about their work, impact and ideas. We unpack their many insights around innovation, growth, challenges, mindset and investment because our mission is to accelerate the rate at which our ecosystems are growing throughout this amazing continent.
#Ep 11 - Next Generation Angels facilitated by Tim Harris (Wesgro) featuring Tomi Davies (AFCA) and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Future Africa).
Guys welcome back to the show, thank you for listening, welcome to episode no 11. . As we all navigate covid 19 and watch the impact that it has on Africa, we've, as a result, been forced to move our annual AfricArena tour where we would visit our top 11 digital partner hubs across the continent, to a digital format. But the upside is that that now we've been able to find even more incredible startups from across the continent as many more people are online and see what we do. So if you're you're someone who's keen to see who the best of the best are then stay tuned to this show, I will be announcing dates for our renewed hybrid summit at the end of the show. As you may or may not know, our role is to act as an ecosystem accelerator and our mission is to help African startups, connect to the right people, access bigger markets so that they can go on an impact their world - and that all starts with the help of our continent's Angel Investor network.
This episode recorded at our summit last year, but released for the very first time features 3 giants in our industry discussing a very important topic: being Next Generation Angels, where do they come from, who are they and how will they impact our world and more importantly our continent of Africa.
This episode was moderated by Tim Harris, the CEO of Wesgro and he chats to Tomi Davis - AFCA and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji - Future Africa.
#Ep 10 - The 4th Industrial Revolution is No Silver Bullet facilitated by Charlie Stewart (Roger Wilco) featuring Rochelle Mountainy (Microsoft), Antoine Paillusseau (Finchat Bot), Gwen Ngwenya, Courtney Bentley (Visibility Insights), Vusi Thembekwayo (
Welcome back to the show, if you're new, thank you for listening, AfricArena is a pan-African ecosystem accelerator and our mission is to help African startups, connect to the right people, access bigger markets so that they can go on an impact their world
In each episode, we chat to all sorts of people who play a key role in building the African tech ecosystem. We unpack their many insights around innovation, growth, challenges, mindset and investment. We hope that by sharing these incredible stories, about failures and success, that we will change the perception and narrative about African ideation and innovation. If there is one place where are people are forced to innovate, its in Africa.
Right let's get stuck in, as we gear up for this year's summit, we thought we'd share a fantastic panel discussion from last year that we've not shared yet which is titled the 4th Industrial Revolution is NO Silver Bullet
Rochelle Mountainy from Microsoft
Antoine Paillusseu - Finchat Bot
Courtney Bentley - Visibility Insights
Vusi Tehmbekwayo - My Growth Fund
Charlie Stewart - Roger Wilco (Moderator)
#Ep 9 - Investing in the tech sector globally and what needs to change in Africa facilitated by Tanya van Lill (CEO at Southern Africa Venture Capital Firm) featuring Clive Butkow (CEO of Kalon Venture Partners), Sascha Breuss (CEO Zando part of the Jum
Guys welcome back to the show, if you're new, thank you for listening, AfricArena is a pan-African ecosystem accelerator and our mission is to help African startups, connect to the right people, access bigger markets so that they can go on an impact their world
In each episode we chat to all sorts of people who play a key role in building the African tech ecosystem. We unpack their many insights around innovation, growth, challenges, mindset and investment. We hope that by sharing these incredible stories, about failures and success, that we will change the perception and narrative about African ideation and innovation. If there is one place where are people are forced to innovate, its in Africa.
Clive Butkow, - CEO the CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, a disruptive digital technology Venture Capital Fund (VCC).
Sascha Breuss, - CEo Zando / Jumia Group (First tech unicorn in Africa)
Mike Mompi - the CEO of Enza Capital, a private fund investing in early-stage African technology companies solving large and meaningful problems.
Aaron Fu - Head of Growth at Catalyst Fund, a fund which accelerates inclusive fintech startups to build more affordable, accessible and appropriate solutions for underserved communities, and develops innovation ecosystems in emerging markets.
Ben Marrel - Founding partner at Breega - a founder-friendly VC, with €250M under management, investing in promising European high tech start-ups at Seed/Series A stage.
Facilitated by Tanya van Lill - CEO at Southern Africa Venture Capital Firm.
#Ep 8 - The State of Tech Innovation in Africa - facilitated by Patrick Craig (AfricArena) featuring Philip Kiracofe - ( CEO of Startupbootcamp AfriTech) Seraj Toefy - (CEO of Ukondla Holding & Lecturer at University of Stellenbosch ), Tanya van Lill
Hello Ladies & Gents. Bonjour Mesdames et Messieurs. Habari wana wake na waun gwana to our Swahili brothers/ sisters. How u de? How's everyone doing!
Welcome to today's Webinar on The State of Tech Innovation in Africa.
Normally it would be at this time, during our tour which would be happening right now we scour the major capitals of the continent in search of the most game changing startups in each region .
So as we cannot continue with our usual tour schedule, the AfricArena team thought it would be a great time to leverage the knowledge of all the stakeholders in our African Tech ecosystem with the goal of putting together a super in-depth and insight packed report to share with everyone on The State of Tech Innovation in Africa.
Shortly I will hand over to Christophe, who will unpack the key drivers behind the report and share his perspective on why this report is so necessary at this time
But before I do, I just wanted to give you a little structure on how today's webinar will go, share some house rules and of course introduce the incredible line up of panelists who have all graciously given their time to chat to us to share their perspectives and ideas on what you're about to hear today.
Today's webinar will be broken down into 3 main sections, which will be presented by Leo Boisnier the AfricArena ecosystem manager and one part of the fantastic research team at AfricArena.
After each section we will have a 15 min discussion
The 3 sections are themed around
- 1) Building & Funding a Venture in Africa,
- 2) The opportunity for corporate open innovation in Africa
- 3) What are the key trends & sector highlights from 2016-2019 and what might the African ecosystem look like post the Corona pandemic
At the end we will run a Q&A with all of you where we will do our very best to get as many questions answered as possible
**Femi Adeyemo - CEO, Arnergy**
a Nigerian startup operating in off grid energy whos mission is to provide Reliable and affordable solar energy solutions to homes and businesses in Nigeria and emerging markets, and it has been super exciting to watch them scale
**Philip KIRACOF - CEO, Startupbootcamp AfriTech**
Philip brings two decades of direct operational and venture financing experience to today's webinar which spans across a diverse range of industries and across three continents. He has also co-founded, led, advised and invested in disruptive companies including a pioneer online grocery service company, two venture capital funds, the first large-scale social networking site, and a New York-based property development firm. He shares the same vision with us at Africa Arena in that he has helped bring world-class accelerators to Africa, and is the CEO and co-founder of Startupbootcamp Africa and to date he has accelerated and/or invested in more than 50 African startups since 2013.
**Seraj TOE - FI - Entrepreneur, University lecturer, Strategist.**
Seraj Toefy is a serial entrepreneur based in Cape Town with a rich background in marketing, communication and entrepreneurship .He is a Custodian of Entrepreneurship at the University of Stellenbosch Business and lectures on Entrepreneurial strategy and management at a few leading universities throughout Africa and is a regular guest speaker on the topic in Europe.
Seraj is CEO of Ukondla Holding which consists of Bespoke Media, Centuro Global Africa, Clic Tech, Krest Signs and Ukondla Consulting.
**Tanya van Lill - CEO, Southern African Venture Capital & Private Equity Associaition (SAVCA).**
Tanya is a great supporter of AfricArena and is a passionate about human and organisational development. During her time as a learning and development specialist focusing on management and leadership development valuable experience working with various compan
#Ep 7 - How to build a successful African startup that you can take global - facilitated by Alison Collier (Endevour) featuring Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (Flutterwave / Andela), Ryan Harris (SA SME Fund), Zachariah George (Startupbootcamp AfriTech) & Yvonne Mai
In today's episode, you're going to hear one of the best panel discussions from the 2019 edition of the AfricArena Summit. The topic of today's discussion is: How to build a successful African startup that you can scale globally.
This particular topic is super important to us, not only because we want to change the narrative that is being told around the world about Africa, but also because we want to help as many start ups as possible, scale their businesses globally. TO give you some context: As it stands, African tech startups currently only receive less than 1% of the global equity funding. Less than 1 %.
Its TINY but its growing and over the next decade there is a major focus on what's happening on this amazing content of ours. We certainly want to see this number rise in the coming years, and today's panel will elaborate on how we can all do this.
The people in this panel were purposely selected to ensure that key players of our startup ecosystem are represented to give you a more holistic view on each topic.
The 5 experts featured in the panel include:
1. The moderator – Alison Collier – who heads up Endeavor SA – which is one of the premier accelerators of growth stage companies in SA.
2. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji – who is the cofounder of 2 of the biggest VC-funded startups in Africa – those being Flutterwave and Andela.
3. Ryan Harris – a Director at the SA SME Fund – which invests in funds that support and develop entrepreneurs.
4. Zachariah George – the cofounder of Startupbootcamp AfriTech – one of the leading accelerators for high-potential tech startups in Africa.
5. Yvonne Maitin – the founder and CEO of One Africa Capital - a private equity investment management firm.
So there you have it. The line-up is incredible and the insights are invaluable so TURN IT UP and enjoy.
So without further ado, let’s get to it. Alison over to you.
Ep #6 - Smart Education: Recruiting and retaining more women in the tech sector " - facilitated by Aaron Fu (MEST) and featuring Andrea Bohmert (Knife Capital), Matsi Modise (Fuhara Solutions), Otemba Yirenkyi (Nexinova), Kate Wilter (We Think Code)
Ep 6 - Welcome back ladies and gents, I hope you have been enjoying the series so far. Remember if there is someone you think we should interview and chat to, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org . In this next episode we're featuring another panel discussion from the 2018 summit titled " Smart Education: Recruiting and retaining more women in the tech sector "
We feature a panel of inspiring ladies in the game and it is facilitated by Aaron Fu, ex MD at MEST who does an amazing job unpacking this industry conundrum.
He is joined by a fantastic line up, which introduce themselves in their own way but it consists of:
Kate Wilter (We Think Code)
Andrea Bohmert (Knife Capital)
Matsi Modise (Fuhara Solutions)
Otema Yirenkyi (Nexinova)
So let's get stuck in to this weeks episode over to you Aaron...