AfricaNXT 2022 AfricaNXT 2022

Monday, February 28, 2022

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OPENING NITE MIXER

It's a celebration! Happy #AFRICANXT!

Please join us in the Creators Hub to celebrate the opening night of #AFRICANXT 2022. This will be an excellent opportunity to network with attendees and chat with our conference speakers, event organizers and international delegates.

Complimentary small chops and drinks.

All #AFRICANXT badge holders will be admitted.


                                           This session is hosted by AfricaNXT

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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POWERING INNOVATION FOR THE NEXT BILLION: THE ROLE OF LOCAL INVESTOR COMMUNITIES
Stephanie Etiaka
Stephanie Etiaka
Wennovation Hub, Head Operations
Subomi Plumptre
Subomi Plumptre
Volition Capital LLC, Director
Olabinjo Adeniran
Olabinjo Adeniran
Future Africa, Co-founder & Growth Partner
Fiyin Ogunlesi
Fiyin Ogunlesi
OUI Capital

As at  Q3 2021, startups in Africa had raised  $2.9Bn+ in over 515 deals according to data from Africa:The Big Deal. While most of the funding comes from investors abroad, local investors are often the ones writing cheques for early stage start-ups, usually at the pre-seed and seed stages. According to Partech, early stage companies accounted for 64% of the 359 funding rounds above $200K in 2020, representing $220M of the $1.4Bn invested in startups on the continent. 

Local investors often have first hand experience of the challenges these startups are attempting to solve and are best positioned to provide advice and honest feedback to the founders in addition to early funding (usually between $25K to $100K) needed for these startups to build out their solution and acquire the early customers to validate their solution. More money in the hands of local investors would mean more early stage startups getting funding. These early bets give startups a fighting chance.

At the end of the panel session, attendees should be able to understand: 
[1] Fundraising models being adopted by local investors in Africa
[2] The roles and functions of VC platforms in promoting Innovation in Africa
[3] How we can build more robust local investor communities in Africa


                              This session is hosted by Blacklight Solutions


Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN AND THE COURAGE OF COLLABORATION
Joy Azumara
Joy Azumara
Jackson, Etti & Edu, Senior Associate; Deputy Sector Head of Technology Media & Entertainment Sector
Ngozi Aderibigbe
Ngozi Aderibigbe
Jackson, Etti & Edu, Partner and Head of Technology, Media & Entertainment Sector
Uwem Uwemakpan
Uwem Uwemakpan
Ingressive Capital, VP, Fund Operations
Akan E. Nelson
Akan E. Nelson
Evolve Credit, Founder
Patrick Eromosele
Patrick Eromosele
ImpactHub Lagos, CEO

Looking at the world and different ecosystems, it is clear that no real change or value is driven or achieved by individuals alone, but instead, through teams, communities and smart collaboration. A change in mindset towards collaboration amongst businesses, government agencies and civil society in Africa is therefore essential in reimagining our approach to innovation.
 
Our panelists will share insights from their experiences on the fears surrounding collaboration among companies, startups, investors etc. in Africa and how they can be overcome. As stakeholders in the Startup space our discussions will touch upon the challenges and possible solutions from our informed and varied viewpoints. The session will also highlight the importance of and procedure for mergers and collaborations amongst innovators on the continent.


                                   This session is hosted by Jackson, Etti & Edu 

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THE FUTURE OF FOOD: AFRICA'S EMERGING TRENDS & TECHNOLOGY
Atim Ukoh
Atim Ukoh
Afrolems, Founder
Ozununye Ajuru
Ozununye Ajuru
HSE Gourmet, Executive Director/ Chief Operating Officer
Tunde Kara
Tunde Kara
Vendease Africa, CEO/Co-Founder
Uka Eje
Uka Eje
ThriveAgric Limited, Co-founder & CEO
Nyifamu Manzo
Nyifamu Manzo
Farmatrix, Founder

Africa generates 100 million metric tonnes of food yearly, equivalent to $4bn, which could feed 44 million people (Gabon, Botswana, Gambia, Namibia, Eritrea, Mauritania, Congo, Liberia and Gambia combined). 30-40% of this yield never makes it to the consumer due to post-harvest food loss/waste during the procurement, transportation and distribution process.

Our panel will offer insights on how and why the agritech sector is one of the fastest-growing sectors in Africa, agriculture's contributions to socio-economic growth and most importantly emerging trends in Africa's food industry. We’ll be placing a spotlight on Africa food tech, highlighting challenges and budding solutions based on the experience of our panellists who are food entrepreneurs in Africa.

Our session will also share best practices on how Agri/food business owners can scale their businesses, secure investors, collaborate with stakeholders across the value chain and identify unexplored opportunities in the food-tech sector.


                                 This session is hosted by Vend Easy Limited 

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EXECUTIVE LUNCH SOCIAL

Good Food. Great Conversation. Connect with your fellow ecosystem builders over lunch. Stop by the Premium Lounge for lunch & networking.

This session is for STAKEHOLDER + GLOBAL CONNECTOR badge holders only 


                                            This session is hosted by AfricaNXT 

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GENERATING REVENUE ON MUSIC WITHIN THE MASS MARKET
Martin Nielsen
Martin Nielsen
Mdundo.com AS, CEO
Scot Eritemu
Scot Eritemu
Opera Mini (Africa), Product Manager
Funso Finnih
Funso Finnih
MTN Nigeria, Head Media and Entertainment Services
Jude "MI" Abaga
Jude "MI" Abaga
TASCK, CEO

Africa is expected to grow to half a billion people online by 2025 but with an average data consumption of around 10MB / day, the mass market is still highly difficult to access. Low-income consumers opt for mp3 downloads of music, often illegally and without benefitting the content creators. In this panel Mdundo CEO, Martin Nielsen will discuss how the mass market is consuming content online. 


                                     This Session is Hosted by Mdundo

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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LEVERAGING INSIGHTS & FEEDBACK FROM AFRICAN CONSUMERS TO BUILD WORLD-CLASS PRODUCTS
Isioma Eluemunor
Isioma Eluemunor
Business Strategist & Communications Specialist
Charles Njoku
Charles Njoku
Spire, CEO
Babajide Duroshola
Babajide Duroshola
M-KOPA, Managing Director
Adeola Ayoola
Adeola Ayoola
Famasi, CEO
Obakam Tom-George
Obakam Tom-George
Gecko5, Product Success Manager

The average customer in Africa today has ‘almost’ unrestricted access to the world’s best in class products, services and experiences. This often means that their feedback on what their experience should be is geography-agnostic as well as ‘world-class’ oriented. We believe that businesses from Africa with access to over 600m+ possible customer connections can take advantage of this huge opportunity to become world class businesses. But how?

It is no longer speculative to say that the African business community, especially the startup scene which has seen over $12B in venture capital since 2017  is growing exponentially, with more products and services springing up, however, scaling customer experiences that matter is an area that many businesses continue to struggle with. The complexities of a customer base with access to world class products will continue to overwhelm them, even worse is their inability to efficiently collect and manage usable customer feedback, uncovering them into useful insights that can drive action to deliver better product and customer experiences.

Some of the unending cardinal questions new and existing businesses will continue to ask throughout their existence are; 'Who are our customers?', 'What do they want?', 'How might we build products that they will love?' To answer these questions, this panel session will examine some of the most important issues with feedback and feedback management in Africa. Our panelists will dive into the problems; 'Feedback is scattered everywhere', 'Poor feedback culture', 'Process barriers to managing feedback' ‘Understanding customer pain points and complexities’ etc., while also exploring the opportunities for new market entrants to help build products that will solve these problems.

We will also be discussing how businesses across multifaceted industries and sectors in the world can use product and customer feedback as its most important growth ingredient to deliver world class products, services and customer experiences. We will also explore how businesses and startups particularly in the SSA region can lead the change for Africa.


                                              This session is hosted by Spire

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DIGITAL ECONOMY READINESS: EXPLORING OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE AFRICAN TECHNOLOGY TALENT VALUE CHAIN
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho
Future Software Resources Limited / Skillup Africa, CEO / Founder
Joseph Agunbiade
Joseph Agunbiade
Skillup Africa, Co-CEO
Elohor Thomas
Elohor Thomas
Codeln.com, CEO and Cofounder
Celestine Ukpere
Celestine Ukpere
Shule Africa, Co-Founder
Femi Madariola
Femi Madariola
PWC West Market Area (Africa), Associate Director

There are various pillars of Digital Economy Readiness - Infrastructure - Enabling Policies - Supporting Legal Frameworks and of course a sustainable Technology Talent Value Chain.

With a growing youth population and unemployment rates over 30% in many countries across the continent the question that should be top of the mind is - are we as Africans sufficiently investing in the future of our human capital on the continent?

Global research data shows that 60% of children under 12 today, will grow up to work in jobs that don’t exist yet. Furthermore an extensive new Korn Ferry report finds that by 2030, more than 85 million jobs globally could go unfilled because there aren’t enough skilled people to take them - this presents an $8.5Trn opportunity for the taking.

Governments and organizations across the continent must make talent development strategies a key priority and take steps to educate, train, and upskill the youth in order to tap into the human capital opportunities of the Digital Economy and drive socio economic development and growth.

This panel will look at how we can close the skills gap, while building a globally accessible pool of talent and ensuring that the continent can fully participate in the Digital Economy. We will also explore opportunities and sustainable models of building and expanding the African Technology Talent Value Chain


                  This session is hosted by Future Software Resources Limited  

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COMING SECOND - CONVERSATIONS WITH AWESOME INDIVIDUALS THAT WEREN'T THE FIRST
Shirley Grace Hart
Shirley Grace Hart
Heimdall Technologies, Operations
Davids Okey
Davids Okey
Ichad Foundation
Elizabeth Oyok
Elizabeth Oyok
Project Manager

Coming second is a compilation of stories of people that are the second to break the status quo, the second act in love, a second change in career, a second chance at freedom.

Were there pressures to supersede the first? Did you have to scale through difficult embargoes to succeed because the first to break the status quo messed up? What have you learnt from coming second?

This live episode of 'Coming Second' will be an authentic and healing ground that will shine a light on stories of coming second - Not first. Guests will include awesome individuals that weren't the first to bring home the achievement or to walk through a door, yet making giant strides Coming Second!


                     This session is hosted by The Lifetime Show with Shirley

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UNLOCKING PROSPERITY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY AND COLLABORATION
Chiedozie Igweonu
Chiedozie Igweonu
Podtopia, Co-Founder
Teni Apata
Teni Apata
Musician
Ifeyinwa Ejindu
Ifeyinwa Ejindu
Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Communications Manager

In today’s hyperconnected world, Collaboration is the bedrock upon which great achievements are built. To unlock the gains stashed in the future for Africa, we must be deliberate in building collaboration pipelines across various verticals where we desire prosperity.

The rise of new tools and technologies has broken down barriers and turned the world into a truly global village. This year Ckay's 'Love Nwantiti' hit 15 billion streams on TikTok. Wizkid & Tems “Essence’ keeps blowing up global music charts. Burna boy won the Grammy. Nigerian Tech startups have raised billions of dollars in collaboration with both local and foreign VCs.  These events underscore the importance of technology as a tool for collaboration and a compass to economic prosperity for Africa.

This session will:
[1] Highlight some of the ways brands are harnessing the power of Collaboration and Technology.  
[2] Expose the various ways Africans can use technology as a tool for economic prosperity.
[3] Dissect the correlation between Technology, Opportunities, Collaboration and Prosperity.
[4] Explore new opportunities for radical collaboration.
 
The global success of African Music, Movies and Technology brands was made possible through innovation and strategic collaboration. This presents a template upon which various other sectors can build for rapid prosperity.

As the world evolves, collaboration and partnership are key ingredients that can unlock prosperity for the African continent. This interactive panel will discuss and highlight the various ways through which we can use technology and collaboration to achieve these goals.


                                            This session is hosted by PODTOPIA 

Friday, March 4, 2022

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CREATIVE INCLUSION: TELLING THE AFRICAN STORY THROUGH STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
Ekene Ajayi
Ekene Ajayi
Chenist Communications, Client Service Director
Adejuwon Soyinka
Adejuwon Soyinka
The Conversation, Regional Editor, West Africa
Chineze Amanfo
Chineze Amanfo
9mobile Nigeria, Public Relations Lead
Nnenna Onyewuchi
Nnenna Onyewuchi
Yellow Brick Road, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation
Uzoma Onwuchekwa
Uzoma Onwuchekwa
Envivo Communications Ltd, Chief Operating Officer

The Continent continues to face challenges with misrepresentation on the global stage. This discussion will focus on how we can leverage strategic communication and the power of collective creativity to change the narrative and drive prosperity, both of which can have positive economic impact across industries and communities.

Guiding our conversation is the assertion that "One of the continent's greatest assets is the diversity of its people." Our discussions will centre on the importance of inclusive creativity. Our panelists will also share a range of perspectives and insights on how the combination of effective strategic communications, creative activities, and social media provide Africans with the tools to tell stories that impact global culture and drive trends. We will also look at how we can harness the power of collective and inclusive creativity to promote and grow local industries, ultimately propelling the African economy to a more sustainable and prosperous future.


                           This session is hosted by Chenist Consulting Limited 

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THE FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR'S GUIDE TO CREATING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH EFFECTIVE BRANDING
Onyeka Nwobu
Onyeka Nwobu
Disruptiv by Design (DBD AFRICA), Director of Strategy

Did you know that for every 5 thriving startups, more than double have failed due to lack of branding? More specifically to women, research has shown that 40% of female owned businesses say that marketing skills are absent from their businesses and this in turn limits their visibility to customers as well as investors.

With these stats, it is clear that access to wealth, business opportunities and funding is heavily dependent on effectively building a profitable brand - not just a business.

The goal of this masterclass is to share practical ways in which female entrepreneurs can start creating more wealth by harnessing the power of branding because with effective branding, more female-led startups will further become visible to the investors and other stakeholders and become valued firms.


                  This session is hosted by Disruptiv by Design (DBD AFRICA)