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Accelerate Africa

This theme uncovers opportunities to drive partnerships and growth within corporates, brands, investors, tech hubs and the startup community.

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

African startups raised $2.02 billion in funding in 2019, a 74% YOY growth (Partech). Ecosystem acceleration is key to strengthening the entrepreneurship in Africa and holds the answer to mass youth job creation.

Under this theme we tap into the breadth of innovation and build partnerships within, corporates, brands, investors, tech hubs and start up community. Join us as we bring together inventors from the whole ecosystem including Fintech, connected devices, integrated supply chain, e-commerce, health tech,  agri tech, smart cities,  assistive tech, utilities and more.

As we go into the  2020s  we will see many  startups  in the region go into the ‘growth phase’.  So  we need to ask ourselves the question – what do  we  each need to do to build an ecosystem for  startups  to thrive in?

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a whole ecosystem to build a  startup.


Accelerate Africa Pitching Competition

Unlocking Sustainability for Startups in Africa

Accelerate Africa Pitching Competition is the start-up competition of Thrive Africa 2020. Focused on unlocking sustainability and innovative solutions from African start-ups. This exciting session will include carefully pre-selected start-ups who will have the opportunity to pitch in front of a panel of well recognised investors and mobile operators in the industry. The winner will receive a speaking invitation for our partner event 4YFN (Four Years from Now) taking place at MWC Barcelona 2021.


Accelerate Africa Programme Scheduled: Watch on Demand

Accelerate Africa Pitching Competition Programme Watch on Demand


“The role of mobile network innovation in supporting Africa’s growth has never been clearer. Fast, reliable, and low cost digital payment systems play a pivotal role in unleashing the potential of individuals, small businesses, and nations. As we work together to extend the power of mobile money across borders and platforms, we strengthen Africans’ resilience and support their ingenuity.”

Dare Okoudjou, MFS Africa

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