The year is nearly up and as such it's time to start focusing on the year ahead. The Africa Tech Summit is preparing for its third edition happening here in Kigali early next year and despite its singular name. The event will actually be comprised of 3 different summits – one focused on African start-ups, one focused on the future of tech on the continent and the other focused on money and block chain. Founder of the event, Andrew Fassnidge joins CNBC Africa for more.
Facebook will host its first ever Facebook iD8 conference on the continent in Kenya and the event will bring together developers and start-ups from Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Global Head of Developer Programs at Facebook, Emeka Afigbo joins CNBC Africa to share more on the conference and the impact it will have on developers and start-ups in the region.
Africa Investment Forum: Hello Tractor CEO Jehiel Oliver on unlocking opportunities for African farmers
The Africa Investment Forum held in Sandton this week is attracting not only regulators, financiers and big business, but also start-ups. One of these start-ups is Hello Tractor from Nigeria, which is currently operating in 11 African markets. Jehiel Oliver, CEO of Hello Tractor spoke to CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor.
Inclusive Business Solution Rwanda was launched earlier this year with an aim of helping start-ups and new businesses to accelerate their growth and success. CNBC Africa’s Zwena Bachoo spoke to Alex Ntale, CEO of the ICT Chamber for more on the Innovation Center.
While lack of financing is a key impediment to the growth of SMEs on the continent, strong leadership is a key component to sustainable growth of small businesses. CNBC Africa’s Steven Muvunyi spoke to Ignace Rusenga, Principal Country Officer at EA Hub Kenya for more.
The number of start-ups from the East African Community members raising millions in capital is set to increase further as many are scaling up and looking for alternative sources of funding worldwide. Joining CNBC Africa for more is Michelle Mboha, Financial Economist and a Growth Catalyst at Growth Africa.
Major players in Africa's innovation, Sanofi is set to launch three challenges for African start-ups to find innovative solutions to improve access to healthcare and transform the health ecosystem throughout the continent. For more CNBC Africa is joined by Sanofi's Country Chair Kenya & General Manager Peter Munyasi.
Startup Bootcamp AfriTech is a web and tech incubator company based in Cape Town. They create the necessary relationships between investors and high-growth start-ups across Africa. These efforts won them the Top Accelerator in South Africa award. Joining CNBC Africa for more is Nsovo Nkatingi, Programme Manager at Startupbootcamp AfriTech.