CONNECT: TOWARDS An INTEGRATED INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM

28th – 30th October at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa

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.

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.

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.

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.

our speakers

Board Chair
Board Chair AfriLabs and Board Chair ActivSpaces Cameroon
Ambassador of Switzerland to Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and the African Union
Director of Strategy
AfriLabs
Anna Ekeledo
Executive Director
AfriLabs
Chief Technology Officer
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Visiting Professor of Economics
University of Paris 1 Paris-Sorbonne and Peking University, France
UNICEF Country Representative to Ethiopia and the African Union
Head of Human Resource and Youth Development
African Union Commission (AUC)

Tomi Dave

President
African Business Angel Network ABAN
Representative to Ethiopia, Africa Union and UN Economic Commission for Africa at United Nations Women
Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst.
Regional Director for Africa
International Telecommunication Union
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
BlueMoon, Ethiopia
Director of Business Development
(Middle East and Africa) at Microsoft Corporation
Co-Founder
LelapaFund
President
Digital Africa

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