4 November 2016


Seedstars Africa Summit to take place in Kigali in December

Global seed-stage startup competition Seedstars World will host the second edition of its annual Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda on December 7-9, aimed at connecting African entrepreneurs with ecosystem players, investors and corporates.

Seedstars World, which was won last year by South African mobile recruitment startup Giraffe, held its inaugural Africa Summit in Casablanca, Morocco early this year, and will now hold a second event to connect African entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship ecosystems with the world and each other.

The event, for which tickets will go on sale shortly, is supported by Microsoft, Intel, Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT, the kLab incubator, the ICT Chamber of Rwanda, Africa 2.0, and Brussels Airlines.

“After four years of hosting competitions across the world and across the African continent, we are more excited than ever about the potential for African entrepreneurs to build global businesses,” said Marcello Schermer, regional manager for Africa at Seedstars World.

“We also know that bringing startups, entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem players together will help increase connections across the continent and accelerate the growth of Africa-born global businesses, and this why we are running Seedstars Africa for the second year in a row.”

The Africa Summit will feature speakers such as kLab chief executive officer (CEO) Aphrodice Mutangana, Intel Africa and Middle East director for innovation Hitendra Naik, Rwanda Online CEO Clement Uwajeneza, Microsoft 4Afrika startup engagement lead Djiba Diallo, and Seedstars ambassadors and startups from over 15 African countries.

The event will last for three days and culminate with a full-day conference and pitch event bringing together more than 300 startup founders, entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem leaders from across Africa.

Seedstars World will host a two-day invite-only bootcamp prior to the event, where the winners of the Seedstars local competitions from across Africa will join 20 Rwandan startups to work with mentors on improving their business models, working on their growth strategy and mastering the investor pitch.

Winners have already been selected in Egypt, Tunisia, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and Senegal, with victorious startups heading to the global final in Switzerland next year. Next up is Algeria on October 29, followed by Zimbabwe on October 30 and Botswana on November 4.

This year’s programme will also give entrepreneurs the opportunity to be selected for the Seedstars Growth initiative, which would see startups raise seed investment and enter a four-month accelerator programme for early stage startups.

Ingressive is bringing GitHub, Intuit and 500 Startups to Lagos this November

As part of its ongoing 2016 Tour of Tech, Ingressive will host top local and international tech founders and investors in Lagos from November 15 to November 20, 2016.

The week-long tour will feature a closed training and partnership exploration session on November 17th where investors and founders will train and cooperate with local investors, developers, startup founders and tech enthusiasts.

Themed “Capacity Building”, the tour will have tech players like Yvonne Wassenaar of New Relic, Grieg Coppe of Intuit, Monique Woodard of 500 Startups, Tayo Oviosu of Paga, Mark Essien of Hotels.ng, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji of Flutterwave & Andela and Neku Atawodi of MEST Africa in attendance. The impressive line-up also includes 5 executives from GitHub and a group of private investors.

Ingressive CEO, Maya Horgan-Famodu said, “We are thrilled to host this diverse group of tech executives in Lagos. Some are here independently as a strictly exploratory opportunity, others from our group are here to close deals. They plan to invest, source local talent, partner with interesting organisations and forge lasting relationships with hackers on-ground in a bid to form ties and bridge into the continent.”

The rest of the tour will feature the High Growth Summit in partnership with Starta on November 17 and November 18 at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos. It will be held with the support and presence of Google Launchpad for Developers, GitHub, and 500 Startups.

This is not the first time Ingressive is bringing big tech players to Lagos. In September, YCombinator came to town and startups in attendance gained valuable advice and contacts from the visit. This tour is Ingressive’s latest event to promote investment and advisory in the Nigerian tech ecosystem.

If you’re Interested in being a part of the tour, you can check out the itinerary here  and register to attend the closed training session here