Investing in Digital Startups

Digital Economy
Pavillon Niger
14:00 to 15:30

With its forward-thinking Digital for Development (D4D) policy, the European Commission has officially recognised that digital technologies are a tool for growth, jobs and sustainable development. A major challenge facing start-ups, however, is access to capital both at the proof of concept stage, when seed funding is needed, and as the business begins to grow. The objective of this panel is to identify concrete ways to boost venture and angel capital for African and European start-ups.
Questions to be addressed include:

  • What are the barriers to investing in African and EU start-ups?
  • How can access to seed funding and local currencies be improved?
  • Is private investment sufficient or should governments play a greater role in boosting available capital?
  • What role can development finance institutions play in funding riskier projects, especially in fragile or transition economies?