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AFRILABS ANNUAL GATHERING 2019

OCTOBER, 28th – 30th, 2019

2019 Annual gathering

The AfriLabs Annual Gathering provides a unique opportunity for tech hubs in the AfriLabs network and other stakeholders in the African tech ecosystem like local innovators (entrepreneurs), corporates, investors, academia and developmental agencies to convene, network and share knowledge.

The 4th edition of the AfriLabs Annual Gathering in partnership with the African Union Commission Department of Human Resource, Science and Technology is themed ‘Connect: Towards an Integrated Innovation Ecosystem’. The event will be taking place from 28th – 30th October 2019 at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Tech Village and xHub as hub host. Also, the AfriLabs Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 27th October 2019 before the Gathering.

The 3-day Gathering will feature panel discussions, keynote addresses, multiple parallel workshops, local ecosystem tours, networking sessions, and open-floor exhibitions.

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AGENDA

08:00 - 08:50

Registration

08:00 - 08:50

08:50 - 09:10

Welcome Address / Speed Networking

08:50 - 09:10

09:10 - 09:20

Keynote Address

H.E. Professor Sarah M.E. Anyang Agbor, Commissioner of Human Resources, Science & Technology Department (HRST), African Union Commision

09:10 - 09:20

09:25 - 09:35

Keynote Address

H.E. Getahun Mekuria Kuma (Dr.Ing.), Minister of Innovation and Technology Ethiopia

09:25 - 09:35

09:40 - 09:50

Inspirational Talk

Dr. Celestin Monga, Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Paris 1 Paris-Sorbonne and Peking University, France

09:40 - 09:50

09:50 - 10:20

Tea Break

09:50 - 10:20

10:20 - 10:30

Energizer facilitated by Mark Dodsworth and Phuleng Makhoalibe of RedZebra (MC’s)

   

10:20 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00

Panel Session 1: A Development Approach: Working with Hubs to Support African Startups

Moderator: Tayo Akinyemi, International Consultant, #FastTrackTech in Africa, UN International Trade Centre

Ngwenya Prudence Nonkululeko, Head of Human Resource and Youth Development, African Union Commision

Dr Edward Addai, UNICEF Country Representative to Ethiopia and the African

Karim Sy, President at Digital Africa

Ndeye Gningue Absa, Senior Innovation Officer at African Development Bank Group (AfDB) – Jobs for Youth in Africa

Torbjorn Fredriksson, Chief at ICT Policy Section, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

10:30 - 12:00

12:00 - 12:10

Energizer

12:00 - 12:10

12:10 - 12:25

Presentation by United Nations Economic Commision for Africa (UNECA)

12:10 - 12:25

12:25 - 13:10

Fireside Chat With Afrilabs

Rebecca Enonchong, Board Chair, AfriLabs

Nekesa Were, Board Member, AfriLabs

Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs

12:25 - 13:10

13:10 - 14:30

Networking Lunch Break + Press Briefings

13:10 - 14:30

14:30 - 14:40

Energizer

14:30 - 14:40

14:40 - 16:10

Working with Corporates to support African Startups: A Collaborative Approach

Moderator: Michael Oluwagbemi, Executive Partner LoftyInc Ltd, Co-founder Wennovation, Nigeria

Martin Karanja, Market Engagement Director, GSMA

 

Omontayo Houehougbe, Director of Strategic and Financial Projects of Seme City, Benin

Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BlueMoon, Ethiopia

Helinna Ayalew, Head of Digital Education, Liquid Telecom

14:40 - 16:10

16:10 - 16:20

Energizer

16:10 - 16:20

16:20 - 17:50

Panel Session 3: Increasing Early Stage Investment into Early StartUps

Moderator: Fayelle Ouane, Managing Director at Suguba

Rebecca Enonchong, Board Chair at AfriLabs

Tomi Davies, President of African Business Angel Network (ABAN)

Elizabeth Howard, Co-Founder of LelapaFund

Kola Aina, Founding Partner, Ventures Platform, Nigeria

Erick Yong, CEO of GreenTech Capital

16:20 - 17:50

17:50 - 18:00

Closing and Photo Session

Takunda Chingonzoh, Founder of Tech Village, Zimbabwe

Mark Dodsworth, Director and Cofounder of RedZebra

17:50 - 18:00

19:00 - 22:00

Dinner at Yod Abyssinna

19:00 - 22:00

08:00 - 08:05

Welcome Address/ Introduction

Anna Ekeledo, Executive Director, AfriLabs

Mark Dodsworth, Director and Cofounder of RedZebra

08:00 - 08:05

08:05 - 08:15

Keynote Address

Ambassador Daniel Hunn, Ambassador of Switzerland to Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and the African Union

08:05 - 08:15

08:20 - 08:30

Inspirational Talk

Kamran Elahian, Chairman and Co-founder of Global Catalyst Partners

08:20 - 08:30

08:35 - 09:00

Hub Inspirational Stories

Steve Tchoumba, Business Development Manager of ActivSpaces, Douala Cameroon

Khalid Mohamed Ali, Co-Founder of Impact Hub Khartoum Sudan

Kudzai Mubaiwa, Founder of iZone Hub Zimbabwe

08:35 - 09:00

09:00 - 09:10

i4POLICY MANIFESTO LAUNCH

09:00 - 09:10

09:10 - 09:20

Energizer facilitated by Mark Dodsworth and Phuleng Makhoalibe of RedZebra (MC’s)

 

09:10 - 09:20

9:20 - 10:50

Parallel Dialogue 4

Research to Innovation: Bridging the Gap between Research Institutions, Universities and Hubs

Moderator: Amir Neihoum, Director, Tatweer Entrepreneurship Campus (TEC), Libya

Linda Kwamboka, Entrepreneur in Residence, iBiz Africa (Strathmore University), Kenya

Phumlani Nkontwana, Lecturer, Stellenbosh University, South Africa

Erich Thaler, Senior Manager Networks and Global Partnerships, UniBasel, Switzerland


Dr. Amazigh Dib, Private Sector Coordinator, Pan-African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES),Coordinator of PAU Entrepreneurship Hub Tlemcen, Algeria

Amalya Yeghoyan, Business and Regional HighTech Development Manager, Enterprise Incubator Foundation, Armenia

Integrating the African Digital and Tech Start-ups Ecosystems with the Diaspora Business Ecosystems (Organised by ADYFE and NYETAA Mali business Innovation and Incubation Center in collaboration with CIDO)

Moderator: Karen Kaneza, Co-chair of African Diaspora Youth Forumn (ADYFE)

Eiman Kheir, Head of Diaspora Division Citizens and Diaspora Directorate, Civil Society and Diaspora (CIDO)

Jonas Tesfu, Co-founder and CEO, Pangea Accelerator Sweden

Alain Nkurikiye, Founder and CEO, Wajenzi NetherLand

Mamadou Dakouo, BioWin Canada

Ama Afrifa – Tchie, AMA Consults UK

A Collaborative Approach; The Role of the Media in Promoting the African Innovation Ecosystem

Moderator: Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata,Media Strategist and Tech Advocate

Josephine Mwangi, Head of Communications, Marketing and Stakeholder Management, Nailab, Kenya

Stan Getui, Principal, Investments at Luminate Group

Tefo Mohapi, Founder of iAfrikan

Eva Sow, Co-Founder, Kinaya Ventures

Bankole Oluwafemi, Editor in Chief,TechCabal

9:20 - 10:50

10:50- 11:20

Networking Tea Break

10:50- 11:20

11:20 -11:30

Energizer

11:20 -11:30

11:30 - 13:00

Panel Session 5: Increasing Participation of Women in the African Innovation Ecosystem

Moderator: Fiifi Baidoo, CTO, iSpace Foundation, Ghana

Dr. Anino Emuwa, Founder of Avandis Women CEO Network

Rene Parker, Director, RLabs, South Africa

Letty Chiwara, Representative to Ethiopia, Africa Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa at UN Women

Nekesa Were, Managing Director, iHub

11:30 - 13:00

13:00 - 14:30

Networking Lunch Break/Photo Session

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop Session I (Parallel Session)

Hub Workshop

How to Build Common Goods for Resilient and Inclusive Ecosystems? (Organised by Digital Africa and GIZ Make-It in Africa)

Workshop

i4Policy Workshop

14:30 - 16:00

16:05 - 18:05

Workshop Session II (Parallel Session)

POEM Startup Assessment Workshop (Organised by Tomi Davies, President of African Business Angel Network ABAN)

Building the Capacity of Hubs to Enable the Soft Landing of Diaspora Companies in Africa (Organised by ADYFE/CIDO)

Collaborative Innovation: Unlocking the Potential of Start-ups to Solve Public Problems (Organised by GIZ)

FabLab Workshop (Organised by Jorge Appiah, Co-Founder/Chief Executive Officer of KumasiHive, Ghana and Supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) )

16:05 - 18:05

18:10 - 18:30

Closing Activities and Photo Session

18:10 - 18:30

20:00 - 22:00

Party at Mama’s Kitchen or The Republic Club

20:00 - 22:00

30-10- 2019

Event on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (Organised by the Human Resources, Science & Technology Department – AUC and AfriLabs)

Full agenda coming soon.

30-10- 2019

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