Digital Startup Fair
The EU has identified the importance of Digital for Development (D4D), a policy launched by the European Commission with the aim of bringing digital technologies into mainstream development assistance. With mobile payment systems driving greater financial inclusion, health applications improving healthcare access, and massive open online courses (MOOCs) bringing education to rural areas, Africa has made leapfrogging technological advances. innovative technologies are already making a huge impact in Africa. Europe stands to benefit from these leapfrogging technological advances, and to recognise this the Start-Up fair is the digital centrepiece of the Forum. In recognition, too, of the future possibilities and the importance of continued innovation and cooperation, the EU has selected 135 promising startups from Africa and the EU to showcase their technology and services to investors.
THE AFRICA-EU YOUTHLAB
The Africa-EU YouthLab – the digital youth of Africa and Europe - is going to make their 10 most crucial demands on a better digital future to business and policy leaders. These include especially the empowerment of female digital entrepreneurship. Let’s see what business and policy representatives can reply to their demands. Come and learn more about their ideas and on best practice exchange between Africa and Europe. The YouthLab was launched by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
- Sasha Rubel, UNESCO Senegal
- Dr. Katrin Bornemann, Deputy Head of Unit Education and Digital, BMZ
- Hon. Cina Lawson, Minister for Digital Agenda, Togo
- Didier Nkurikiyimfura, Head of Technology and Innovation, Smart Africa Secretariat, Rwanda
- Michael Pittelkow, General Manager Public Services Africa, SAP
- Sadamoudou Kaba, CEO, OrangeFab, Abidjan