The highly interactive programme includes informative panels and keynotes, expert-led roundtables/workshops and an exciting startup showcase of African innovation.




    • What have been the key drivers of financial inclusion in Africa over the last decade?
    • How is financial inclusion driving business growth?
    • What challenges and gaps still exist when it comes to Financial inclusion and how they can be overcome?


    • Does the tech investment model from silicon-valley or London work for Africa?
    • Is the global investor community adjusting their model to suit Africa's specific needs?
    • How can Africa-focused invested apply a value-added investment model to increase their success in Africa


    • How does policy play a key role in accelerating innovation ecosystems?
    • What policies are hindering or enabling technology growth in Africa
    • What policies have driven growth in the UK's technology sector and what lessons can policy makers in Africa take away?


    • Does a focus on impact foster or hinder innovation growth?
    • How can social impact and financial return be balanced when making impact investments in technology?
    • What is needed for impact tech solutions to succeed and scale?


    09:00- 09:30 Arrival and breakfast


    09:30 - 09:35 Welcome by Forum Host - Gosbert Ghagula, Africa Technology Business Network


    09:35 - 09:40 Introduction - Stav Bar-Shany, Africa Technology Business Network


    09:40 - 09:50 Opening keynote - Addleshaw Goddard


    09:50 - 10:00 Financial Inclusion in Africa - The Past, Present & Future– Francesco Pasti, Senior Analyst Mobile Money Services - GSMA


    10:00 - 10:45 Financial Inclusion Panel : The Business case for Financial Inclusion


    Anant Nautiyal – GSMA, Danielle Treharne - BIMA , Olusegun Okubanjo – Obsidian, Chika Uwazie – TalentBase, Rebecca Wakeford - Addleshaw Goddard, Nicole Anderson – FinTech Circle Innovate (Chair)


    10:45 - 10:55 Investment Landscape overview - Rob Withagen​, ‎Co-Founder &Managing Director - Asoko Insight


    10:55 - 11:40 Investment Panel: Beyond Money - Building a Value-added Model


    Jess Williamson - Techstars, Tomi Davies - Africa Business Angel Network(ABAN), Yvonne Haizel - Mitsui, Neku Atawodi-Edun, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), Andrew Sekandi - KPMG (Chair)


    11:40 - 12:00 Networking & coffee break

    Breakout sessions

    12:00 - 12:45 Workshops/Roundtables


    Session 1: VENTURE: An Entrepreneur’s Journey Documentary Screening

    VENTURE: An Entrepreneur’s Journey is a documentary film co-produced by the African Technology Foundation and the LIONS@FRICA initiative that follows the entrepreneurial journeys of the four DEMO Africa winners from 2015: Zuuva, BambaPOS, InsureAfrika, and Car Parts Nigeria. From the continent to Silicon Valley for the 2016 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the film highlights each entrepreneur’s unique experience as they work to scale their venture.

    Session 2: Creating Market Opportunities through Women-focused Innovation & Investment

    The current under-representation of women in the African tech ecosystem is one of the biggest untapped market opportunities on the continent. This roundtable will address the gender gaps in skills, technology access and investment in the African tech ecosystem and will discuss solutions and initiatives aiming at bridging the gap.

    Panellists: Ramona Liberoff - SPRING Accelerator, Simon Graffy - Girl Effect Mobile, Eunice Baguma Ball - #HerFutureAfrica, Stav Bar-Shany - ATBN (Chair)


    Session 3: How to Scale a Technology Business in Africa

    This roundtable will bring together entrepreneurs who have successfully built and scaled a tech business in Africa to share their "war-stories" on how they did it and insights on what they've learnt along the way of what it takes to succeed in the African tech landscape.

    Panellists: Marek Zmyslowsk - HotelOga, Alpesh H. Patel - Mi-Fone , Chika Uwazie - TalentBase, Andrew Sekandi, KPMG (Chair)





    12:45 - 13:45 Lunch buffet and networking


    13:45 - 13:55 The role of the development sector in driving innovation in Africa - Tamara Giltsoff, Head of Innovation - Department for International Development (DFID)

    13:55 - 14:40 Impact Panel: Driving Impact through Technology


    Tamara Giltsoff - DFID, Eric Guichard - Movement Capital, Raymond Guthrie - Global Innovation Fund, Rocio Perez-Ochoa - Bidhaa Sasa, Stephen Haggard – Eneza Education(Chair)


    14:40 - 14:50 How African Governments can help drive technology growth - A case study of Ghana - Kofi Addo, Head of Trade and Investment - Ghana High Commission, UK


    14:50 - 15:35 Policy Panel: Policy as a Driver for Innovation


    Russ Shaw - Tech London Advocates, Ade Adeyemi - Chatham House, Elizabeth Rossiello - BitPesa, Imad Mesdoua - Control Risks, Manji Cheto -Teneo Intelligence (Chair)


    Networking break

    15:35 – 16:00 Networking & coffee break

    Startup Showcase

    16:00 – 16: 30 Africa Tech Pitch London - Startup showcase

    Africa Tech Pitch LDN is a video pitch competition providing an opportunity for African tech startups to showcase their solutions at London Tech Week.

    16:30 - 16:45 - Voting & winner announcement

    16:45 - 17:00 - Closing Keynote: Taking African Innovation Global - Alpesh H. Patel, Founder Mi-Fone & Peshmode

    Drinks Reception

    17:00 - 18:00 Drinks reception and networking