Don’t Miss | MIT Sloan School | The Fourth Africa Innovate Conference In Boston – 11th &12th April 2014

Posted March 7, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Events ~ 4,510 views


Uganda's Ashish Thakkar Founder and CEO, Mara Group Africa's youngest billionaire Among this year's Keynote speakers at the Sloan Innovate Africa Summit

Uganda’s Ashish Thakkar
Founder and CEO, Mara Group
Africa’s youngest billionaire Among this year’s Keynote speakers at the Sloan Innovate Africa Summit

Ladies & Gentlemen,

We are proud to present the 4th annual Africa Innovate conference, to be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th April 2014 at the MIT Media Lab.

“At MIT, we believe in creating a platform for groundbreaking ideas and in fostering an environment that forges the networks that will enable these ideas to flourish”

Africa Innovate is an intimate showcase of the latest ideas and innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare, energy and education. In addition to our panels, our esteemed Keynotes reflect on how they have made their contribution to the continent’s development. Our Vision Talks allow select guests to share the important ideas they want you to be a part of developing. Finally, our 2014 Business Plan Competition gives young upstarts the opportunity to present their ideas to movers and shakers and walk away with funds to take their vision for Africa to the next level.

Tickets are still available but they wont last forever. Come see the most forward-thinking ideas shaping Africa’s future, please register today.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Jide Odunsi & Gbenga Ige
Co-chairmen, MIT Africa Innovate Conference


Vision Talks

At MIT we believe that innovation is not only marked in those who have succeeded and have a journey to share, but in those who intend to, and have a journey they want us to share with them. Every year, alongside our accomplished Keynotes and VIPs, we invite young men and women who see a different Africa – one that has not been created yet; an Africa they plan to build with their own hands. They come to share their Vision.

This year’s speakers come to us with plans to revolutionize education, to empower a generation of women, and to claim the wealth under our feet.

Aboyeji Iyinoluwa
Graduated with a BA degree from University of Waterloo, Canada
Manages; provides e-learning opportunities for Africans
Founded and sold the company last year
Named World Economic Global Shaper in 2012

Perihan Abou-Zeid
First year MBA student at MIT
Co-founder of Cairo-based Qabila Media Productions
Established Egypt’s first online supermarket
2012 Best Female Entrepreneur Award from MIT Enterprise Forum (pan-Arabian Region)

Ladi Delano
Nigerian entrepreneur and co-founder of DFL Investments
Currently working on $100M mining project in Nigeria
Over 10 years experience in leading major investment efforts in China, Singapore and Indonesia
2012 Forbes Top 10 Young Africans to watch

Keynote Speakers

This year we are excited to be joined by the continent’s youngest billionaire, the world’s richest black woman, the African running the world’s biggest brand, and one of the most powerful men in Nigeria.

Mr. Ashish Thakkar
Founder and CEO, Mara Group
Africa’s youngest billionaire

Honourable Senator Mr. Bola Tinubu
Founding member of All Progressives Congress and ex-Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria.

Mr. Alex B. Cummings Jr.
Chief Administrative Officer, The Coca-Cola Company and former Head of Coca-Cola Africa

Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija
Founder and CEO, Famfa Oil
The world’s richest black woman

Business Plan Competition

Africa has witnessed inspiring entrepreneurial success stories in the recent past, but for its future to be secure, we need to bring forward and energize the next generation. The continent is the final frontier for the maverick entrepreneur and through this competition, we aim to find, promote, support and connect these innovative, driven change makers.

Do you have an idea that is original and scalable, and that solves an important problem for the continent’s inhabitants and stakeholders? We want to hear it! Pitch it in the 2014 Africa Innovate Business Plan Competition. Win it!

Panel Tracks

Healthcare in Africa: We discuss the challenges of delivering healthcare in Africa as well as the innovative solutions that are being implemented today.

Technology Disrupting Africa: We address industries that are adopting emerging technologies to spur economic growth and their transformative impact.

Energy in Africa: We discuss and proffer actionable solutions to the energy deficit in Africa in order to accelerate private investments and regulatory reforms in this sector.

Venture Incubation: We debate the proliferation of incubators and technology hubs across Africa, and their role in supporting businesses growth in Africa.

Women in Africa: We recognize, celebrate and explore the expanding role of women in advancing growth and development across the continent.

Additional Panel information is available on the conference website

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