20 of Africa’s finest start-ups to pitch at AfricArena summit

More than 20 of Africa’s finest start-ups will today and tomorrow vie for the attention of international investors attending the AfricArena West Africa Summit in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal. This two-day conference promises to create a stronger ecosystem for Africa’s tech startup investors.

These are the start-ups that are between the seeding and growth stages. will pitch at the summit where Partech general partner Tidjane Deme, representing one of the continent’s leading investors, is set to deliver the keynote address. He will examine the state and future of tech in Africa.

In January Ventureburn reported that the Paris-based Partech’s current portfolio includes over 200 companies in more than 30 countries, 14 of which are valued at more than $1 billion. The venture capitalist firm supports entrepreneurs from Africa, Europe and North America.

Many top speakers have already been confirmed for the AfricArena West Africa Summit. Oumar Basse (chief executive and cofounder of Yobante Express), Sassoum Nang (chief marketing officer at Touch) and Marieke Roestenberg (finances programme manager at FMO) are among the speakers.

Aside from the pitching sessions, attendees will also be able to look forward to panel discussions. In a discussion on the race to valuation and sustainable foundation, the difficult path of scaling unicorns is discussed. We will also discuss the barriers to acceleration in Francophone Countries and the future prospects of venture capital in West Africa, as well as the differences between the rest of Africa and West Africa.

Expect top pitches

A variety of West African start-ups were selected for pitching at the AfricArena summit. AgroData from Nigeria is the top seed track company. This community-based beekeeping program provides farmers with beehives for free. Survey54 is a cloud-based survey platform, which focuses on emerging market markets. Survey54 is among the series A participants. Bizao, which promotes digital payment adoption within Francophone Africa, is included in the growth stage list.

On its website, organisers of the AfricArena summit says their platform “fosters bright and forward-thinking minds to network, get inspired and co-build a stronger tech startup investment ecosystem for Africa. “

The summit will take place at Terrou-Bi resort and will feature a #FastTrackTech initiative from the International Trade Centre.

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