2017 Africa Innovate Conference

2017 Africa Innovate Conference

Date: Friday, 30 October 2020 Time Saturday, 03 October 2020 Location: MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, United States, MA 02139, United States

The annual MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference is a unique forum that brings together the strengths of MIT and leading entrepreneurs and change-agents from across the African continent. The conference attracts over 400 business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, professors, and alumni, all with strong interests in Africa. The theme for this year's conference is “Africa Innovate Conference: Ideas to Impact” and discussions will focus on how to transform promising ideas into sustainable businesses in Africa.The annual MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference is a unique forum that brings together the strengths of MIT and leading entrepreneurs and change-agents from across the African continent. The conference attracts over 400 business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, professors, and alumni, all with strong interests in Africa. The theme for this year's conference is “Africa Innovate Conference: Ideas to Impact” and discussions will focus on how to transform promising ideas into sustainable businesses in Africa.

The Conference will host keynote speakers and panels discussing a number of themes, including:

Conditions for Success Even the most heroic entrepreneur or bureaucrat can fail if they are launching an initiative in hostile conditions. How many businesses have failed because they cannot support the high cost and fluctuation of energy prices? How many government initiatives have failed because education systems are broken? We will learn from experts, people who have made significant change in preparing Africa to lead, as they discuss what can be done to improve infrastructure and education.

Ideation Where do good ideas come from? This panel will posit that they come from the people, the individuals who will use and benefit from new systems. In lieu of a traditional panel, the Ideation theme will follow a workshop model. We will hear from experts in the field of ideation and practice what we learn with an African startup tackling a specific problem.

Financing From grants to venture capital, there are many ways to finance an idea. What are the opportunities and risks inherent in these different funding mechanisms? How can we democratize access to them so that revolutionary businesses and social movements can access the capital they need to realize change?

Entrepreneurship​​Until your idea hits the market, it’s just talk, and at the MIT Africa Innovate Conference we have pledged to move beyond talk and encourage action. In this panel, we will hear from entrepreneurs who have successfully brought an idea to market to create impact.

Their closing keynote speaker this year will be Her Excellency Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius. Other speakers include Mr. Ola Oresanya (Managing Director, Globetech Remedial), Oke Maduewesi (CEO, Zaron Group), and Zim Ugochukwu.

The After Party will be hosted in conjunction with Afrotown Music at Cure Lounge, one of Boston's Premiere Nightclub. Live performances by Suki Yaki and Muffius.Email currentabcofficers@mit.edu for group discounts!

  • Event Date: Friday, 30 October 2020
  • Location: MIT Media Lab, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, United States, MA 02139, United States

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