Investing in Digital Startups

Digital Economy
Pavillon Niger
14:00 to 15:30

With its forward-thinking Digital for Development (D4D) approach, the European Commission has highlighted the role of digital technologies and services as a powerful 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. In this session, investors, entrepreneurs, public and private stakeholders identify challenges in investing in Africa and means of tackling these potential barriers. The debate focuses on concrete ways to boost venture and angel capital for African and European start-ups, while also encouraging international partnership and expansion. The session also looks at creating an enabling policy for scaling up by sharing existing policies in the EU and Africa that support companies to scale up, and assessed what measures are still missing.