Africa Tour

March 20-April 2, 2017

Lagos, Nigeria
Accra, Ghana
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

 AGENDA

March 20 — 23: LAGOS, NIGERIA

  • Explore the Yaba District Ecosystem, Nigeria’s Silicon Valley. Visit key hubs and startups like CcHUB and Andela.
  • Hang out with leading Nigerian actors and directors focused on the growing film industry, digital distribution, monetization and content creation at a Nollywood media & tech party night.
  • Network with top-tier VCs and angel investors, while learning about the Nigerian investment ecosystem at a VIP investment dinner, hosted by Venture Garden Group
  • Enjoy a welcome dinner hosted by Imaginarium and a night with Afrobeat music & dance at New Afrika Shrine, an open-air entertainment center.

March 23 — 25: ACCRA, GHANA

  • Join the conversation at Enterprise Africa Summit – 300 delegates, 23 countries, 1 city.
  • Explore one of Accra’s most vibrant markets and shop for handcrafted beads, Kente clothing, and herbs.
  • Network with leading Ghana investors at a curated dinner.
  • Meet FinTech CEOs, mobile network operators, banks and investors at an intimate unconference

March 25 — 28: OVERNIGHT SAFARI, SOUTH AFRICA

  • Take in the South African wilderness with an overnight safari – relax in camp lodges, see the “Big Five” (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos), and bond further with geeks over actual fireside chats.

March 28 — 30: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

  • Get schooled on Johannesburg’s early stage business at Braamonfontein Cluster, an innovative technology hub bordered by two of the country’s oldest universities. 
  • Experience a traditional African braai (cookout) courtesy of our host Sw7the largest mentor-led tech innovation accelerator in Africa.
  • Tour Soweto, the most populous black urban residential area in the country – a must-see destination thanks to its bustling economy and rich history.
  • Accelerate your business at a panel event hosted by SiMODiSA bringing together the world’s best accelerators for in-depth conversation.
  • Make valuable connections in Johannesburg’s FinTech, InsurTech, and banking communities – we’ll set up curated 1:1 meetings for those who specialize in each area.

March 30 — APRIL 2: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

  • Learn more about Cape Town’s thriving startup scene at an entrepreneur event hosted by Silicon Cape at Workshop 17.
  • Ride the wine farm tram and taste local wine in Stellenbosch. End the evening with a high-level investor dinner at a private wine farm.
  • See the sites of Cape Town – hike Table Mountain, tour Cape Point, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Robben Island, or dive with sharks.

WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE WE GOING?

  • LAGOS, NIGERIA
    Rightfully referred to as “Yabacon Valley,” Lagos has recently emerged as Nigeria’s tech hub. Home to successful startups like Paga (the #1 money transfer and payments service in Nigeria) and Andela (which just banked $24 million in a round led by Mark Zuckerberg and Google Ventures and aims to provide companies with access to top tech talent), Lagos has proven itself to be a key player in tech.
  • ACCRA, GHANA
    Just an hour flight away from Lagos, Accra is also making waves in tech. With plans underway to pour $200 million into building a state-of-the-art business innovation hub called the “Ghana Cyber City,” plus numerous hackathons hosted by incubators like MEST and ServLed, Ghana’s tech industry is proving to be a formidable force.
  • JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
    Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa, began as a 19th-century mining settlement. Today, residents are digging up a different type of gem — their city’s tech gold. In fact, technology giant IBM invested $61 million to expand its newest IBM Research Lab to Braamfontein. This tech hub sets sights on advancing Big Data and mobile technologies, especially in healthcare, science, and the IoT.
  • CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
    Living up to nicknames like the “Digital Gateway to Africa” and “Silicon Cape,” Cape Town is cementing itself as a leading continental hub for tech startups. With more innovation programs in the province than anywhere else in South Africa, including CodeX, AlphaCode, RLabs, Grindstone Accelerator, the Bandwidth Barn, and the Silicon Cape Initiative, it’s no wonder the Western Cape has the most startups and VC activity in South Africa.

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Africa Tour 2017 Participants

Dave McClure

Founding Partner
500 Startups
Geekuent Flyer

Scott Wu

Head of Investments
Omidyar Network
Africa Geek

Heather Grady

Vice President
Rockefeller Phil. Advisors
Nigeria

Kamran Elahian

Co-Founder & Chairman
Global Catalyst Partners
Africa Geek

Betty Enyonam Kumahor

Managing Partner
The Cobalt Partners
Ghana

Mikhaile Solomon

Director
Prizm Art Fair
Lagos/Accra

Jeffrey Harbach

President/CEO
Kauffman Fellows
Lagos

Collin West

Venture Partner
Kauffman Fellows
Lagos

Maya Horgan Famodu

Founder
Ingressive
Lagos

Keith Jones

Co-Founder
Sw7
Joburg Geek

Hanan Meguid

CEO
Kamelizer
Geekuent Flyer

Akuoko Asante

Partner Sales Executive
Microsoft
Ghana Geek

Alexandra Fraser

Co-Vice Chairperson
Silicon Cape
Cape Town Geek

Chris Koehs

Founder
Pearl Ventures
Joburg Geek

Guillaume de Smedt

Global Community Director
Startup Grind
Cape Town Geek

Oluseye Soyode-Johnson

Regional Partner
African Tech Foundation
Lagos

Doug Galen

CEO
RippleWorks
Africa Geek

Monique Woodard

Venture Partner
500 Startups
Africa Geek

Mark Straub

Co-founder & Director
Khosla Impact
Africa Geek

Itai Damti

CEO Asia Pacific
Leverate
Africa Geek

Eric Osiakwan

Managing Partner
Chanzo Capital
Accra

Asher Siddiqui

Advisor
500 Startups
Africa Geek

Stephen Ozoigbo

CEO
African Tech Foundation
Africa Geek

Monica Brand Engel

Partner + CoFounder
Quona Capital
Africa Geek

Chok Ooi

CEO
AgilityIO
Geekuent Flyer

Raz Bachar

BD Manager
Amazon Web Services
South Africa Geek

Dave Troy

CEO
410 Labs, Inc.
Africa Geek

Danielle Cass

SV / SF Tech Sector Liaison
USAID
Africa Geek

Paul Ark

Managing Director
Digital Ventures
Africa Geek

Peter Corbett

CEO
iStrategyLabs
Geekuent Flyer

Bedy Yang

Managing Partner
500 Startups
Africa Geek

Wilmot Allen

Founder
Partnership for Urban Innovation
Nigeria Geek

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