Top African investors and entrepreneurs from Africa have been invited to speak at the 2016 edition of Demo Africa, a flagship initiative of LIONS@frica which aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem.
The speakers will be sharing some insights around business growth and development of entrepreneurial skills during the entrepreneur bootcamp and series of master-classes at the event.
The speakers include Amrote Abdella, Reginal Director, Africa initiatives at Microsoft; Marcello Schermer, Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars World; Arthur Goldstuck, who heads the World Wide Worx research organisation; Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner, Chanzo Capital, and Lexi Novitske.
Others are Marquise Stillwell, Founder & Principal, OpenBox; Ralesheba Moeng, Partner, CVC Africa Capital Partners; Toby Shapshak, Editor/Publisher, Stuff Magazine; Stephen Ozoigbo, Founder/CEO African Technology Foundation, and Megan Edmonds.
Completing the list are Wim van der Beek, Founder and Managing Partner, Goodwell Investments; Yaron Assabi, Founder, Digital Solutions Group; Vincent Kouwenhoven, Founder – Investment Director, eVA Fund; Aaron Fu, Managing Partner (Africa), NEST VC; Bunmi Okunowo, National Coordinator, OIIE & NITDA; Thomas Debass, Deputy Special Representative for Global Partnerships; Llew Claasen, Executive Director Bitcoin Foundation & Venture Capitalist, and Eghosa Omoigui, General Partner, EchoVC Partners.
As with past events, the organizers hope to see some of the investors sign deals with some of the startups on the day of the event, or subsequently.
“It will be good to see some deals being made on the floor of the event. We have created a special area, which we call the “DealZone” where investors and entrepreneurs can have investment discussions,” said a source from DEMO Africa.
The event, which is scheduled to hold from August 22 to 26, 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa, will see 30 startups launch their products.
Now in its fifth year, DEMO Africa is the place where the most innovative companies from African countries get a platform to launch their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed.
The initiative has hosted 150 startups in the past four years raising more than US$14million in both investment and business value.
“We have seen series impact in the last 4 years, one of the startups launched in 2014 has since gone to raise more than US$2 million and employed more than 150 people,” said Harry Hare, Executive Director, DEMO Africa.
The event is supported by the LIONS@frica Partners, City of Johannesburg, and the South African Department of Science and Technology. Other partners include Google, The World Bank, and African Technology Foundation.