Annual Gathering 2016

The AfriLabs Annual Gathering took place in Africa for the first time since AfriLabs inception in 2011 at the Alliance Francaise Center, Accra, Ghana from the 24th – 27th October 2016. The theme of the conference was ‘Making Tech Ecosystem Count’ and its major sponsor was Making all Voices Count (MAVC). Microsoft 4Afrika sponsored the boot camp for hub members that took place before the gathering on the 24th October 2016. The host hub was iSpace Foundation, Ghana.

In attendance were; AfriLabs Hub members, Angel investors/Venture capitalists, Developmental organization representatives, Startups, Entrepreneurs and Academia. The following countries were represented at the gathering from Africa (Nigeria, Ghana,Cameroun, Tanzania, Morocco,Eygpt,Kenya etc), Europe (Netherlands), Asia (Phillipines), The United States of America (Washington DC).

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) also took place on the 26th October 2016 during the gathering. This was an opportunity for the members of the Board of AfriLabs and hub managers to meet and discuss AfriLabs business.

The Annual Gathering comprised of keynote addresses by sponsors and partners like Oracle, MAVC and Microsoft 4Afrika, panel discussions, presentations, a pitch session, Showcases and masterclasses.

The Panel sessions were highly interactive and treated topics relating to Women empowerment in entrepreneurship, Collaboration of Academia and innovation for social change, strengthening of hubs as institutions for open societies, the role of government in the growth of innovation hubs & startups and Technology as a tool for social and economic change.

The Master classes treated topics relevant to the growth of startups and innovation hubs like: Monitoring & Evaluation of business activities, Business leadership and strategy, Communication and leadership skills & Business model canvas.

Approximately 160 people were in attendance daily during the Annual Gathering.

Visit the gallery for picture highlights of the 2016 Annual Gathering.

OUR SPEAKERS

DR. VERA SOGWE

DR. VERA SOGWE

Executive Secretary Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
ANNA EKELEDO

ANNA EKELEDO

Executive Director AfriLabs
MITCHELL PRATHER

MITCHELL PRATHER

CEO Djembe Consultants
KOLA AINA

KOLA AINA

Founding Partner Ventures Platform, Board Member Reliance HMO
REBECCA ENONCHONG

REBECCA ENONCHONG

Board Chair Board Chair AfriLabs and Board Chair ActivSpaces Cameroon
LUSANDA MAGWAPE

LUSANDA MAGWAPE

CEO Dream Factory Foundation Botswana
PROFESSOR AHMED SHAIKH

PROFESSOR AHMED SHAIKH

Managing Director REGENT Business School, (Member institution of Honoris United Universities)
HANAE BEZAD

HANAE BEZAD

Project Manager in Charge of Startups and ICT Ecosystems at Smart Africa/Founder at Douar Tech
TOMI DAVE

TOMI DAVE

President African Business Angel Network ABAN
AMMIN YOUSSOUF

AMMIN YOUSSOUF

CEO at Afrobytes
ANNE NJUKI

ANNE NJUKI

Investment Manager DOB Equity
MAPASEKA DIPALE

MAPASEKA DIPALE

Partner and Country Director South Africa at Funema
TOMIWA ALADEKOMO

TOMIWA ALADEKOMO

CEO Big Cabal Media
NEKESA WERE

NEKESA WERE

Director of Strategy AfriLabs
ALICE MUNYUA

ALICE MUNYUA

Director, Innovation and Public Policy, Africa Mozilla
ETHEL D. COFIE

ETHEL D. COFIE

Board Member Africa Digital Expert Advising Organisations & Governments on Tech Innovation in Africa (Africa/Europe)
KHALID MOHAMMED ALI

KHALID MOHAMMED ALI

Founder of Impact Hub Khartoum Sudan
CHARLES OJEI

CHARLES OJEI

CEO HYBR
EVA SOW EBION

EVA SOW EBION

Director of Community and Communication i4Policy
KUDZAI MUBAIWA

KUDZAI MUBAIWA

Strategy Lead iZone Hub, Zimbabwe
MOETAZ HELMY

MOETAZ HELMY

Board Secretary
FATOUMATA NIANG NIOX

FATOUMATA NIANG NIOX

Francophone Representative
DANIEL CHINAGOZI

DANIEL CHINAGOZI

Board Member
LINDA KWAMBOKA

LINDA KWAMBOKA

Board Member
TAKUNDA CHINGONZOH

TAKUNDA CHINGONZOH

Board Member

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