Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Sahara Ventures, the organizers of Sahara Sparks event is partnering with Chanzo Capital the firm behind Angel Fair Africa, Africa’s deal-making event to co-organize a week-long series of events targeting innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, technologists, policymakers, development partners and corporates.
The week themed, Africa 4.0, Africa in The Fourth Industrial Revolution is aimed at creating a platform for different stakeholders to meet and reflect on the role of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship on fostering social economic development in Africa.
The series of events are expected to happen between 7th — 12th October 2019 involving different stakeholders from the Africa innovation, technology entrepreneurship and investor ecosystem. The week will attract speakers, investors and startups from across the African continent. The aim of the event is to spark conversations towards the recent technological advancement in Africa and what it means to the grassroots citizens, the role of technology in addressing challenges and creating opportunities in different sectors in Africa. The week will also explore investment opportunities and encourage transactions to happen to finance early stage entrepreneurs with innovative technological solutions that can be adopted.
This event is the follow up of last year’s event which saw over 700 stakeholders attending the event from across the African continent including our former President, His Excellency, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, who emphasized on the importance of investing on future skills and adopting technological innovations for the growth of the African continent and on addressing employability issues. Quoting him, “ Only those with the highest levels of skills will be employed, so it’s critical that we invest in education to prepare the human capital on the African continent come 2050 when a lot of jobs will be lost to Innovation”.
Sahara Sparks is currently Africa’s largest innovation and technology entrepreneurship event. The event started in Tanzania and now has four chapters in four other African countries; Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Malawi through a series of events titled, city sparks. The event has been able to reach more than 600 startup companies, attract over 3000 event attendees and 180 speakers from across the world. Sahara Sparks is part of Sahara Ventures, a company whose mission is to build Africa innovation ecosystem by working with different partners and stakeholders from both the public and the private sector.
Angel Fair Africa is a deal-making event, which brings investors to invest in startups and early-stage entrepreneurs who are growing across the African continent. The Angel Fair Africa event which started in 2013 has resulted in $23M worth of investments in tech and tech-enabled ventures in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Mozambique. Angel Fair Africa will bring opportunities for local startups and early-stage businesses to access investors from across the globe who will be attending the event.
The registration to the events will be opened next months. For individuals and organizations who are looking to; speak, showcase, collaborate, sponsor or engage with the event in any way. We are welcoming them to contact us.
More details about the event and the progress with the preparation will be shared on our official social media pages, our newsletters and other media sources.