2021 AfriLabs Annual Gathering Agenda

Venue: Transcorp Hilton Mataima Abuja

Date: Wednesday, 27th of October 2021 to Friday, the 29th of October 2021

Wednesday 27th October, 2021

8:00AM - 9:00AM
Registration

8:20AM - 8:55AM
Cultural Performances

9:00AM - 9:25AM
Welcome Address / Speed Networking
Details

The Speed Networking Session by Mark Dodsworth. - Welcome Address by Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director AfriLabs and. - Michael Oluwagbemi, Co-founder Wennovation Hub Nigeria and AfriLabs Board Chair 2014-2017.

Speakers

  • Mark Dodsworth
    Mark Dodsworth

    MC

  • Anna Ekeledo
    Anna Ekeledo

    Executive Director AfriLabs

  • Michael Oluwagbemi
    Michael Oluwagbemi

    Co-founder Wennovation Hub Nigeria and AfriLabs Board Chair 2014-2017 and Trustees

9:30AM - 9:35AM
Keynote Address 1
Details

Rebecca Enonchong, AfriLabs Board Chair 2017 - 2021.

Speakers

  • Rebecca Enonchong
    Rebecca Enonchong

    AfriLabs Board Chair 2017 - 2021

9:40AM - 9:50AM
Keynote Address 2
Details

Marieme Dieng, Lead of Global Innovation and Strategy for Africa at 500Startup.

Speakers

  • Marieme Dieng
    Marieme Dieng

    Lead of Global Innovation and Strategy for Africa at 500Startups

9:50AM - 9:55AM
Cultural Poem; Africa Rising
Details

Dike Chukwumerijie, Nigerian Spoken Word and Performance Poetry Artist.

Speakers

  • Dike Merijie
    Dike Merijie

    Nigerian Spoken Word and Performance Poetry Artist

9:55AM - 10:10AM
Inspirational Talk: Africa Rises in the Next Decade

10:10AM - 10:40AM
Tea Break

10:40AM - 10:45AM
Energizer by Mark

10:45AM - 10:50AM
Video Presentation on the Evolution of the Innovation Ecosystem in Africa

10:50AM - 12:20PM
The Evolution of the Innovation Ecosystem in Africa Organised by GIZ Make-IT and AfriLabs
Details

The Evolution of the Innovation Ecosystem in Africa Organised by GIZ Make-IT and AfriLabs.

Moderators

  •  Markos Lemma
    Markos Lemma

    CoFounder & CEO of iceaddis, Ethiopia (Moderator)

Speakers

  • Nekesa Were
    Nekesa Were

    Director of Strategy, AfriLabs

  • Benjamin Meier
    Benjamin Meier

    Regional Advisor to the GIZ Tech Initiative Make-IT in Africa

  • Nneka Ukay
    Nneka Ukay

    Executive Secretary at Innovation Support Network (ISN Hubs) Nigeria

  • Dr Robert Karanja
    Dr Robert Karanja

    Co-founder of Villgro Africa and Chairman of the Board of ASSEK, Kenya

  • Dairo Gulliana
    Dairo Gulliana

    Founder and Director of Briter Bridges

12:20AM - 12:50AM
Celebrating AfriLabs @ 10
Details

Celebrating AfriLabs

Speakers

  • Anna Ekeledo
    Anna Ekeledo

    Executive Director AfriLabs

  • Nekesa Were
    Nekesa Were

    Director of Strategy, AfriLabs

  • Takunda Chingozo
    Takunda Chingozo

    Board Member AfriLabs and Founder Village Innovation Network Zimbabwe

12:50AM - 12:55AM
Energizer by Mark Dodsworth
Details

Mark Dodsworth

Speakers

  • Mark Dodsworth
    Mark Dodsworth

    MC

01:00PM - 02:10PM
Bridging the Gap in Policy and Digital Innovation in Africa (Organised by the AU and AfriLabs)
Details

Bridging the Gap in Policy and Digital Innovation in Africa (Organised by the AU and AfriLabs).

Speakers

  • Papa Amadou Sarr
    Papa Amadou Sarr

    Ministre, Délégué général à l’Entreprenariat Rapide des Femmes et des Jeunes à la présidence de la République du Sénégal.

  • Ody Akhanoba, Manager

    Strategy & Innovation, Afreximbank

  •  Michael Oluwagbemi
    Michael Oluwagbemi

    Co-founder Wennovation Hub Nigeria and AfriLabs Board Chair 2014-2017 and Trustees

02:10PM - 02:15Pm
Schedule Briefing by Mark Dodsworth
Details

Schedule Briefing by Mark Dodsworth

Speakers

  • Mark Dodsworth
    Mark Dodsworth

    MC

02:15PM - 03:45PM
Networking Lunch Break + Press Briefings + Pictures

02:00PM - 03:30PM
UNIBASEL Workshop: Looking Outside Academia-The Challenge of Convincing the Market
Details

This SASBI Knowledge Group Meeting will present the University of Rwanda – Sweden Program and the Swiss Venture Kick Program that was established 10+ years ago at all Swiss universities. It will offer room for comparison with own programs running and invite participants for fruitful exchange with the speakers and the start-up community at large.

Speakers

  • Dr. Theophile Niyonzima
    Dr. Theophile Niyonzima

    Senior Lecturer University of Rwanda

  • Mr Jordi Montserrat
    Mr Jordi Montserrat

    Managing Partner Venturelab Sweden

  • Dr. Norah Clarke
    Dr. Norah Clarke

    Program Director the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education at Universities South Africa (EDHE)

03:45PM - 05:15PM
Workshop 1.1: The New Dynamics and Perspectives in Diaspora Entrepreneurship
Details

The New Dynamics and Perspectives in Diaspora Entrepreneurship: Plugging-in and Soft-Landing as Ways Forward Organised by NYETA Mali, Jokkolabs Mali and Jokkolabs Banjul. - Physical - Panel on Soft-landing and Diaspora

Speakers

  • Carine Nsoudou

    CEO - ADEPT; Belguim

  • Mamadou Dakouo
    Mamadou Dakouo

    Biowin Canada

  • Bibusa .W.Wißemann

    Founder & CEO SensXAfrica Limited, Germany

  • Alpha Nury

    Founder Jamaafunding & Co-Founder Reda Capital

  • Aissata Tambadou
    Aissata Tambadou

    Bond’Innov, France

03:45PM - 05:15PM
Workshop 1.2: Discussion Session on Technology and Know-How Transfer (1 hour)
Details

Discussion Session on Technology and Know-How Transfer (1 hour).

Speakers

  • Poncelet O. Ileleji
    Poncelet O. Ileleji

    Jokkolabs Banjul Gambia

  • Youssouf Simbo Diakité
    Youssouf Simbo Diakité

    Co-chair ADYFE; Austria

  • Aissata Tambadou
    Aissata Tambadou

    Bond’Innov, France

  • Angela Naa Afoley Odai

    CIDO-AUC- Ethiopia

  • Alain Nkurikiye
    Alain Nkurikiye

    Founder and CEO of Wajenzi

03:45PM - 05:15PM
The Role of Corporates in an Innovation Ecosystem: Organised by Savannah Innovation Hub, Sudan Neo Hub and SyLabs
Details

The Role of Corporates in an Innovation Ecosystem: Organised by Savannah Innovation Hub, Sudan Neo Hub and SyLabs.

Speakers

  • Yousif Yahya
    Yousif Yahya

    Founder Savannah Innovation Labs Sudan

  • Abdellah Mallek
    Abdellah Mallek

    Founder and Manager Sylabs Algeria

  • Ms. Zindzi Montshwari Letsididi
    Ms. Zindzi Montshwari Letsididi

    Ms. Zindzi Montshwari LetsididiFounder and Director TheNeoHub Innovation Lab Botswana

03:45PM - 05:15PM
Workshop 3: Creating National Networks Organised by ASSEK, GHN, ISN and KmerTech

05:15PM - 05:30PM
Closing Ceremony
Details

My AfriLabs Experience by 2 AfriLabs Community Members - Final Briefings by Mark Dodsworth

Speakers

  • My AfriLabs Experience by 2 AfriLabs Community Members

  • Mark Dodsworth
    Mark Dodsworth

    MC

07:00PM - 10:00PM
AfriLabs 10 years Anniversary Gala – Presentation of ACBP Awards

Thursday 28th October, 2021

8:00AM - 8:30AM
Registration

8:30AM - 9:00AM
Energizer/Speed Networking by Mark Dodsworth

Speakers

  • Mark Dodsworth
    Mark Dodsworth

9:00AM - 9:10AM
Celebrating Hubs @10 and above
Details

Wennovation Hub Nigeria @ 11 - RLabs SouthAfrica @13 - HiveColab Uganda @11 - ActivSpaces Cameroon @11 - BongoHive Zambia @10

9:10AM - 9:20AM
Launch of Catalytic Africa
Details

A co-matching fund by African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and AfriLabs for African Startups.

Speakers

  • Ajibola Odukoya

    Chief Operating Officer AfriLabs

  • Fadilah Tchoumba
    Fadilah Tchoumba

    Secretary General African Business Angel Network (ABAN)

9:20AM - 10:50AM
Exits & Unicorns: A New Era for Investing in Africa Organised by AfriLabs and TechCabal
Details

Lightning Talks by 4 African startups of stages Series A and Exits, and a panel discussion with startups, investors and innovation hubs with investment funds."

Moderators

  • Mara Michelo Zhanet
    Mara Michelo Zhanet

    Founder & Country Director Jacaranda Hub Zambia

Speakers

  • Rebecca Enonchong
    Rebecca Enonchong

    AfriLabs Board Chair 2017 - 2021

  • Tomi Davies
    Tomi Davies

    President African Business Angel Network (ABAN)

  • Kola Aina
    Kola Aina

    General Partner, Ventures Platform Fund Nigeria

  • Phares Kariuki
    Phares Kariuki

    CEO Pure Infrastructure Limited Kenya

  • A representative of FMO Ventures (Virtual)

10:50AM - 10:55AM
The African European Digital Innovation Bridge (AEDIB)
Details

An Opportunity for a Transcontinental Network of Innovation Leaders by GIZ Make-IT

Speakers

  • Marc Huemmer
    Marc Huemmer

    Policy Advisor GIZ

10:55AM - 11:00AM
Presentation by Ebeosi eCommerce Platform
Details

Presentation by Ebeosi eCommerce Platform

Speakers

  • Chibueze Josh Izugbo
    Chibueze Josh Izugbo

    Founder & CEO Ebeosi

11:00AM - 11:05AM
MCs Briefing

11:05AM - 11:30AM
Tea Break

11:30AM - 01:30PM
Workshop 1.1: Organised by GIZ
Details

Digital Cities and New Types of Services Jobs: Can Tech Hubs Help Workers Go Digital? - 1 hr

Speakers

  • Elvis Melia
    Elvis Melia

    Associate Researcher of the Research Programm "Transformation of Economic and Social Systems" at the German Development Institute

  • Sandra Flicke-Loetzsch
    Sandra Flicke-Loetzsch

    Head of Project ""Future of Work"" bei Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

11:30AM - 01:30PM
Workshop 1.2: Organised by GIZ
Details

Collaborative Innovation Approaches and Toolkit, Unlikely Yet Promising Allies– How to Leverage Hubs in Bringing Start-ups and Policymakers Together? - 1 hr

Speakers

  • Timo Mueller
    Timo Mueller

    Advisor for Digital Innovation and Public Sector – Startup cooperation at GIZ.

  • Christian Gmelin
    Christian Gmelin

    Head of Collaborative Innovation bei Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

11:30AM - 01:30PM
Workshop 2: Organised by EU-Africa DIGILOGIC
Details

The Pan-EU Africa Sustainable Network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) Fostering Smart Logistics Solutions. Organised by EU-Africa DIGILOGIC

Speakers

  • Cécile Tassin-Pelzer

    Head of Cooperation Delegation of the European Union to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS.

  • Tarek Chazli

    Charge’ d’Affaires, Italian Embassy in Nigeria, Benin Republic and ECOWAS.

  • Thorsten Hülsmann

    CEO Digital Hub Logistics, Germany, DIGILOGIC Coordinator (Virtual)

  • Toyin Dania

    Project Manager: DIGILOGIC Project, MEST Africa.

  • Obaro M. Osah

    AGM, SME South, SME Group, Bank of Industry, Nigeria.

  • Dare Odumade

    Chekkit Technologies Nigeria

  • Faye Simmonds

    Programme Manager, eHealth Africa.

  • Adriano Mauro

    Managing Director, Prototipi, Nigeria, leading DIGILOGIC Dissemination and Communication Activities

11:30AM - 01:30PM
Workshop 3: Organised by Innovation Growth Hub Nigeria and Flat6Labs Tunisia
Details

Supporting Startups to scale across Africa Organised by Innovation Growth Hub Nigeria and Flat6Labs Tunisia

11:30AM - 01:30PM
Parallel Session: Women as Innovation Leaders
Details

Parallel Session: Women as Innovation Leaders; Designing the Future of Female Investment Organised by the Women of AfriLabs 30 Minutes Fireside Chat & 90 Minutes Co-creation Session

11:30AM - 01:30PM
Workshop 5: Organised by Mozilla
Details

A Workshop on Common Voice and Lean Data Practice Organised by Mozilla

Speakers

  • Noémie Hailu
    Noémie Hailu

    Africa Innovation Mradi Program Manager, Mozilla Corporation

  • Nneka Ekechukwu-Soyinka
    Nneka Ekechukwu-Soyinka

    Sr. Privacy Manager, Mozilla Corporation

  • Prof. Bitange Ndemo
    Prof. Bitange Ndemo

    Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nairobi’s Faculty of Business and Management Sciences

  • Chenai Chair
    Chenai Chair

    Special Advisor Africa Innovation Mradi, Mozilla Foundation

  • Kathleen Siminyu
    Kathleen Siminyu

    Machine Learning Fellow, Mozilla Foundation

  • Remy Muhire
    Remy Muhire

    Local Community Fellow (Kinyarwanda and Luganda), Mozilla Foundation

  • Britone Mwasaru
    Britone Mwasaru

    Local Community Fellow (Kiswahili), Mozilla Foundation

  • Rebecca Ryakatimbo
    Rebecca Ryakatimbo

    Local Community Fellow ( Kiswahili), Mozilla Foundation

1:30PM - 3:00PM
Networking Lunch Break + Press Briefings + Pictures

03:00PM - 03:10PM
Energizer by Mark

05:10PM - 05:15PM
Launch of the AfriLabs-Briter Bridges Ecosystem Report
Details

Launch of the AfriLabs-Briter Bridges Ecosystem Report

Speakers

  • Dairo Gulliana
    Dairo Gulliana

    Founder and Director of Briter Bridges

  • Anna Ekeledo
    Anna Ekeledo

    Executive Director AfriLabs

03:15 PM - 04:15 PM
AfriLabs Board Fireside Chat; Looking Ahead New Board Elect

04:20PM - 04:30PM
Closing by Board Chair and Executive Director

06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Parallel Dinners and Cocktails hosted by AfriLabs Member Hubs and Partners
Details

Parallel Dinners and Cocktails hosted by AfriLabs Member Hubs and Partners (Ventures Platform - Creative Arts and Visual Imagery Center CAVIC - Briter Bridges - Aiivon - Wennovation Hub)

Friday 29th October, 2021

09:30AM - 10:20AM
Breakfast

10:30AM - 1:30PM
Abuja Innovation Ecosystem Tour
Details

Ventures Platform - The Cans - Enspire - Seed Builders

10:00AM - 3:00PM
Innovative Entrepreneurship and Employability – Organised by Honoris University and Nile University Abuja

02:00PM - 04:00PM
Networking Lunch Break