AfricArena, the leader in the series of African technology events, is pleased to announce, in partnership with the General Delegation for Rapid Entrepreneurship of Women and Youth (DER), its VC Unconference which will take place at the Lamantin Hotel , located in Saly Portudal, in the region of Thiès, from April 23 to 25, 2022, and its second West Africa Summit in Dakar, from April 26 to 27. The five-day program will feature presentations from over 20 startups operating in the region, attended by over 30 venture capital (VC) funds or venture capital funds, co-creating the future of VC in Africa, as well as speeches and panel discussions from the greatest minds in business, technology and investment in West Africa.
A series of regional events
This year, AfricArena will organize four hybrid events in four regions of Africa and a premium showcase event for African startups in Paris, all in preparation for the annual AfricArena summit in Cape Town, at the end of the year in November 2022. AfricArena will bring bringing together startups, investors and companies operating in the region with over 20 startups from across West Africa selected to be present at the Dakar event. While providing invaluable outreach and networking opportunities to the region’s ecosystem, the events will also act as a semi-final pitch, used to select startups to participate in the pitch challenge at the Grand Summit in Cape Town.
Events in West Africa
“We are especially excited to partner with the African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) to bring an exciting week of events to Dakar from April 23-28, starting with the AfricArena VC Unconference, the AfricArena Summit of the West Africa and ending with the AVCA VC. day following the annual AVCA Private Equity conference,” said Christophe Viarnaud, founder of AfricArena and CEO of technology company Methys.
“The AVCA Africa Venture Capital (VC) Summit will take place on Thursday, April 28 and will bring together founders, investors and industry leaders to facilitate stimulating dialogue, industry-driven ideas and unprecedented networking opportunities. . AVCA is delighted to partner with AfricArena. , which will host a week of events in Dakar from April 23-28, starting with the AfricArena VC Unconference, the AfricArena West Africa Summit and ending with the AVCA VC Summit,” said Abi Mustapha-Maduakor, CEO of AVCA .
“That the General Delegation for Rapid Entrepreneurship for Women and Young People (DER) is always associated with the organization of this event, putting the financing of start-ups at the heart, is a real honor. I hope that this year’s edition can help raise awareness in Africa and the world on the need to increase the share of funding dedicated to tech entrepreneurs on the continent,” said the General Delegate for Rapid Entrepreneurship of women and young people Madame Mame Aby Sèye.
The West Africa Summit will take place in Dakar, Senegal on April 26-27, 2022. The two-day Summit will feature over 20 startup presentations with the addition of a #FastTrackTech project from the Center du commerce international), Organization internationale de la Francophonie) with a focus on French Francophonie startups and FMO whose commitment is to enable AFC to further fund infrastructure expansion across West Africa . the West which is necessary for the development of the private sector. The summit will also include keynote presentations. Additionally, panel discussions of thought leaders and ecosystem speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
The day before the two-day Summit, startups participating in the pitch competitions will also be invited to a one-day bootcamp to be held at the D-Hub in partnership with DER/FJ.
The more than 20 startups that will participate in the two-day Summit, which will take place at the Teroubi hotel in Senegal Dakar, will be mainly shortlisted during a series of virtual pitch sessions from March 25 to April 15, 2022. The startups of the series A can still apply here: Register here
During the weekend leading up to the event, the highly anticipated AfricArena 2022 West Africa VC counter-conference will be held by invitation only – where Africa-focused investors and VCs will participate in co-focused discussions and workshops. -investment and how to facilitate the process. to invest in technology startups on the continent. Between 30 and 40 investors are expected from April 23 to 25.
A delegate ticket for the summit can be purchased here.
Startups wishing to pitch can register here.
AfricArena VC Unconference 2022 here.
Get your Delegate Pass and attend the AfricArena West Africa VC Unconference & Summit 2022 + The AVCA VC Day here.
West Africa Summit Tour 2022 and AVCA VC Day here.
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AfricArena (https://www.africarena.com/) is an African technology ecosystem accelerator. Through a series of events (live and digital), AfricArena accelerates the growth of tech startups and the ecosystems they operate in by providing a platform where they can share their business model, gain valuable networks and secure funding .
ABOUT DER: The role of the DER/FJ is to help boost Senegalese entrepreneurship, which is the main occupation of its population. Thus called, in its action for entrepreneurship in Senegal, to demonstrate efficiency in the mobilization of resources and in its methods of intervention and flexibility in its procedures for access to financing, the actions of the DER are are part of the aims of the Emerging Senegal Plan. (PSE), repository of Senegal’s economic policies and programs by 2035, in terms of wealth creation, inclusion and active participation of populations in growth and territorial equity.
ABOUT AVCA: The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association is the pan-African industry body that promotes and enables private investment in Africa.
ABOUT ITC: Funded by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands Trust Fund IV, the #FastTrackTech project is implemented by the International Trade Center. Thanks to a coaching and targeted training offer, the #FastTrackTech project, since October 2019, has been committed to digital entrepreneurs who aspire to international growth in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.
ABOUT THE OIF: The OIF has long supported, accompanied and inspired young digital project leaders in the French-speaking world to undertake and innovate. Thanks to numerous mentoring, inspiration and technical support programmes, the OIF has one objective: to encourage young innovators to move from a simple idea to an innovative project.