Johannesburg to host 2016 DEMO Africa

The beautiful South African city of Johannesburg will host the 2016 edition of DEMO Africa, an event described as the “launchpad for emerging technology and trends”.

The event, one of the continent’s most-talked about start-ups events, was secured for Johannesburg by the Johannesburg Convention Bureau, Joburg Tourism’s international events unit.

DEMO Africa will bring together key stakeholders and decision-makers in the innovation, entrepreneurial and investment sectors from across the globe to connect with selected African start-ups.

DEMO Africa creates a multi-sectoral platform to facilitate increased business exposure and potential for start-ups with venture capitals, investors, technology acquisition specialists, IT buyers and media from across the globe.

Participating startups pre-selected by DEMO Africa receive mentoring, coaching and the opportunity to launch their products to a wide range of tech ecosystems that reflect and address the needs of the African continent and beyond.

“Joburg is attracting a wonderful variety of international events – from private gatherings such as the Miniaturist Festival to high-profile events like DEMO Africa. Encouraging tourism to Johannesburg by attracting large events is a powerful transformative tool that positively impacts on the entire value chain in the sector,” Mayor Committee for Economic Development, Councillor Ruby Mathang said in a press release.

DEMO Africa was launched in Nairobi in 2012. Nairobi hosted the conference again in 2013 with Lusaka, Zambia hosting the event in 2014. SimbaPay, a leading digital money transfer provider, won the 2015 edition of the event, which took place on September 25, 2015 in Lagos, Nigeria. Since inception, DEMO Africa Alumni have raised more than US$11 million in investment.

The 2016 DEMO Africa will tentatively be held in September at a yet-to-be-announced event.

The event is organised by Liberating Innovations in Opportunity Nations in Africa (LIONS @frica) and supported by the United States’ Department of State, Microsoft, DEMO, VC4Africa, African eDevelopment Resource Centre, USAID, Start-up Weekend and the African Development Bank.

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