We are living in uncertain times. For tech startups and businesses in general, it's even more worse as we all don't know when certainty will return, if ever.

What has been interesting to observe during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is that innovative digital technology businesses seem to be thriving, although at varying degrees and depending on their offerings. Specifically, technology businesses that offer online services have seen a surge in business as various countries around the world have enforced lockdowns forcing temporary closure of some businesses and having some businesses have their employees work from home.

In this the latest iAfrikan Live event we have an experienced and successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Kamran Elahian, joining us to help us navigate the current storm and how your company can prepare itself and benefit from the innovation economy.



Date: Thursday, 30 April 2020

Time: 6 PM (GMT +2) Central African Time

Duration: 60 minutes (keynote presentations + Q&A)

Moderator: Tefo Mohapi, CEO of iAfrikan

10 mins - Opening address and a brief introduction by Tefo Mohapi

35 mins - Keynote address and presentation by Kamran Elahian <How to weather the storm and prepare your company for the innovation economy>

15 mins - Q&A


Keynote Speaker - Kamran Elahian

High Tech Entrepreneur with 3 Unicorn IPOs

Kamran is Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC and advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil-based economies to sustainable innovation economies. In the past, as a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co- founded ten companies, had 6 exits, 3 of them were Unicorn IPOs with a total market cap of over $8B.

For 15 yrs., he was Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global VC firm ($350M under management) with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore. Underlying his vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people.

This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through effective education and empowerment of the youth (with special emphasis on young women) using the leverage of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009-2011).


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