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Welcome to the African Innovation Podcast, the African tech and innovation audio show brought to you by AfricArena. 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.

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Welcome to the African Innovation Podcast, the African tech and innovation audio show brought to you by AfricArena. 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 #54 - Why the Senegalese tech ecosystem is so undervalued

    Ep #54 - Why the Senegalese tech ecosystem is so undervalued

    Hello beautiful people, welcome to SEASON 6 of the AfricArena podcast, and what an epic journey its been. To kick off this season, I’m going to take us back to Dakar, to the beautiful conference space at hotel Terrou bi where we hosted our latest West African Summit.

    Throughout the conference I chatted various stakeholders in our ecosystem to gather their insight into on what’s happening on the ground in this exciting frontier tech ecosystem, of Dakar.

    Massive thanks to our partner's DER, La Délégation Générale à l'Entreprenariat Rapide, International Trade Centre, Amazon Web Services, and our greater partner network for making this summit happen. If it wasn’t for all of you, we wouldn’t be sharing this all with you today.

    In this episode we’re going to unpack what it is that makes the West African ecosystem so exciting and specifically what is happening on the ground in Dakar. We’re going to deep dive into what made them come to Dakar, why they’re excited about it, and if you’re curious about this region, perhaps this episode will give you some further insight into why it’s worth taking seriously.

    So let’s get stuck in shall we.

    • 33 min
    Ep #53 - A Conversation with Kohei Muto from Double Feather Partners

    Ep #53 - A Conversation with Kohei Muto from Double Feather Partners

    Today we caught up for a brief chat with Kohei Muto, the CEO, Founding Partner at Double Feather Partners one of AfriCArena's partners for the investor unconference part of the grand summit.

    Double Feather Partners is a corporate finance & strategic advisory firm with a VC Investment arm providing comprehensive support to innovative African companies with strong social impacts.

    We managed to catch Kohei after the unconference to get his views on the ecosystem and hear what they are up to/.

    • 7 min
    Ep #52 - A Conversation with Sacha Haider from Global Ventures

    Ep #52 - A Conversation with Sacha Haider from Global Ventures

    Today, we're sitting with Sacha Haider who is an investment associate at Global Ventures. Global Ventures is an international venture capital firm, investing in founders and ideas across emerging markets. They back global-minded founders that are leading growth-stage companies and using technology to transform emerging markets and the world. Global Ventures is made up of a super great team of a diverse, collaborative, talented, and curious group of professionals who, combined, have years of experience and expertise building and scaling companies.

    We caught up with Sacha at our Grand Summit in Cape Town to unpack her latest developments on the continent in regards to their Africa-focused funds and get her to take on the ecosystem.

    • 15 min
    Ep #51 - A Conversation with Papa Amadou from DER

    Ep #51 - A Conversation with Papa Amadou from DER

    Today, we're sitting with Papa Amadou who is the Minister, General Delegate for Entrepreneurship in Senegal, an initiative called the DER.

    The DER is a fund of 30 billion FCFA ($50 million USD) launched by the President of Senegal to catalyze entrepreneurship all around [Senegal](https://www.ictworks.org/tag/Senegal/), targeting youth up to 40 years and women from 18 years old and up, with no age limit.

    Announced in Sept 2017 and formally launched in April 2018, the fund offers four main types of [entrepreneur financing](https://www.ictworks.org/funding-sources-african-entrepreneurs/). The most innovative are the latter two:

    1. Small Financing: focusing on “smaller, simple economic projects”
    2. Incubation funding: funding incubation, empowerment, or training programs for young entrepreneurs
    3. Equity financing: a corporate finance fund that will offer capital in exchange for equity in a young company, that is validated by external DER partners
    4. Low-interest loans: at 4-5% interest rate with a specific focus on certain clustered economic activities or certain value chains

    • 10 min
    Ep #50 - A Coffee Conversation with Grace Legodi & Philippe Mourrain

    Ep #50 - A Coffee Conversation with Grace Legodi & Philippe Mourrain

    Today, we're catching up with Grace Legodi the Africa Director of Grindstone Ventures as well as Philippe Mourrain, founder of Amiliros, a consulting and investment co, and professor of Psychiatry, Behavioural & Neural Science at Stanford University.

    First up we chat to Grace, from Grindstone Ventures - a female-led fund that invests in and supports post-seed, pre-series A equity (incl. quasi-equity) investments. Our focus is on early-stage innovation-driven and/or technology companies with strong intellectual property, evident growth potential, with the aim of delivering capital growth and sustainable cash yields over the long term.

    Next, we catch up with Phillipe on his first impressions of the ecosystem.

    • 14 min
    Ep #49 - A Conversation with Zachariah George (Launch Africa Ventures / Startup Bootcamp)

    Ep #49 - A Conversation with Zachariah George (Launch Africa Ventures / Startup Bootcamp)

    Today, we're sitting with Zachariah George, the founder, and partner of Launch Africa Ventures and Startup Bootcamp.

    Launch Africa Ventures is Africa's leading venture capital fund that solves the significant gap in Seed to Series A investments across the continent. They back startups across multiple regions, sectors, and products, all of whom tackle the most meaningful challenges on the continent through technology and innovation.

    When he is not launching African ventures, or on an adventure, he can be seen leading Startup Bootcamp, the first and largest multi-corporate backed tech venture accelerator on the African continent with a portfolio comprising several of Africa's most successful and iconic technology ventures.

    We caught up with Zach at our West African summit in Dakar as well as our grand summit in cape town to unpack his latest developments on the ground, her work so far, and to unpack his view on the current lay of the land within the ecosystem.

    • 24 min

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