To close off 2017, Seedstars World brought together some of the best and most promising entrepreneurs together with ecosystem players, mentors, investors, corporates and other entrepreneurs across Afrika in Maputo, Mozambique for their Seedstars Africa Summit. The summit was held during December 2017 to conclude a year in which Seedstars hosted startup competitions in over 20 Afrikan countries.
The summit took place over three days with over 500 attendees and it culminated with a Conference on 14 December 2017.
“We have been on a long and interesting journey when it comes to entrepreneurship and technology in emerging markets. As part of the Seedstars DNA we want to be on the ground working directly with startups, corporates, and other stakeholders. This is exactly the reason why we are traveling to 88+ ecosystems globally this year over 20 countries in Africa. We are very excited to be able to bring the entire network together in Mozambique this year and together look into some of the opportunities of the continent and explore how technologies can rapidly improve the current status quo in emerging markets worldwide.” said Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars.
The Seedstars Africa Summit 2017 was hosted by Mozambique's UX Information Technologies and supported by Enel, Merck, Orange, Microsoft, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Switzerland and Standard Bank among others.
On the main conference day, 14 December 2017, the 20 plus startups that won in each of their countries got an opportunity to pitch in front of the conference delegates. There were also various speakers who shared their insights and stories covering four themes:
The Rise of the Underdog: How different countries are playing their part in changing the Afrikan narrative and building and improving the environment for entrepreneurs in technology from the ground up, with the aim of turning Afrika into the top dog.
From Informal to the Formal Economy: There exists a sizeable informal economy on which millions of Afrikans depend. This sessions deep dives into the untapped opportunities of one of the biggest markets in Afrika.
From No Tech to High Tech: From arts to government and religion, there are certain industries that one usually doesn’t associate technology with. Over the past years we have witnessed some of these traditional industries connecting with the next generation of entrepreneurs to use technology to solve some of their biggest challenges. This session touches on the importance of collaboration between these different players and zooms into the life of pathmakers from across the continent.
Movers, Mobile and Mobility: This session gives an interesting touch on movers, mobile technology players and reaching the “last mile”, whether it is delivery to those residing in rural areas, to reaching communities, countries and cultures across the continent.