Annual Gathering 2019
The 4th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering in partnership with the African Union Commission Department of Human Resource, Science and Technology was held from 28th – 30th October 2018 at the African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme of the event was Connect Towards an Integrated Innovation Ecosystem.
The Annual Gathering welcomed over 350 attendees including AfriLabs network members from across Africa, investor groups like Venture Capital for African (VC4A) and African Business Angels Network (ABAN), developmental agencies like the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), corporate organisations and AfriLabs partners like AUC, GIZ, GIZ-Make IT, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Liquid Telecom, Facebook,The African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe (ADYFE), Citizens and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO), Microsoft, Google, Digital Africa, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Seme City, Mozilla Open Source Support (MOSS), Mozilla, University of Basel amongst others.
The Gathering themed “Building a Resilient Innovative Africa” held from the 12th-14th October 2020 and was sponsored by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) through the AfriLabs Capacity Building Programme (ACBP), Mozilla, KTN Global amongst other partners. It was an exciting unique experience that transcended the borders of the norm and broke the conventional virtual expectations. With over 15 exhibitors, 20 speakers and 1200 participants, the Gathering was a proof of the resilience of the AfriLabs community.
As a prelude to the Annual Gathering, the AfriLabs General Meeting meeting held on the 7th of October 2020, where a new Board Member was elected. The AGM served as an opportunity for members of the AfriLabs community to get the latest updates and
development within AfriLabs and have discussions on what is needed towards improving the community and the ecosystem.
As a prelude to the Annual Gathering, AfriLabs held its Annual General Meeting where a new board was elected to oversee the affairs of AfriLabs for the next two years. In addition, AfriLabs partnered with the University of Basel to organise The Swiss Africa Business and Innovation Initiative (SABII) Advanced Entrepreneurship Workshop, an initiative which aims to boost the entrepreneurial know-how and exposure of Sub-Saharan graduate students. Also, The Business Accelerator Master Class (a collaboration between Suguba and Village Capital sponsored by African Development Bank Innovation and Entrepreneur Lab and supported by AfriLabs) was held 2 days before the gathering to build the capacity of accelerators from the AfriLabs network and across Africa.
H.E. PROFESSOR SARAH M.E. ANYANG AGBORCommissioner of Human Resources, Science & Technology Department (HRST) African Union Commission (AUC)
H.E. GETAHUN MEKURIA (DR. ING)Minister of Innovation and Technology Ethiopia
REBECCA ENONCHONGBoard Chair Board Chair AfriLabs and Board Chair ActivSpaces Cameroon