Accelerating Africa's tech future.


AfricArena brings together startups, corporates and investors, through open innovation challenges and digital and live platforms designed to showcase the very best Africa has to offer in innovative tech. The aim is to foster collaboration between key stakeholders of ecosystems across Africa and promote the scaling of startups and economies in the continent.

AfricArena believes in the potential of tech startup culture in Africa. Grounded by this belief, we accelerate the growth of these tech startups and the ecosystem in which they operate by providing a platform where they can tell their story, gain valuable networks and attain funding. Our Mission: To be the ultimate African Tech Ecosystem Accelerator – to be the stage where Africa’s best tech talent connect with global investors and corporations.

The 3 editions of the AfricArena conference took place in November 2017, November 2018, and November 2019, in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference and its related events represented an opportunity to explore tomorrow’s trends while unleashing some of the continent’s best startups and innovators.The events brought together key figures in the international and African tech innovation ecosystem with the aim of promoting African Tech excellence. 

Previous editions saw 700+ attendees watching over 60 speakers and witnessing more than 3 million US dollars’ worth of impact being made. The two-day conference connects more than 80 of Africa’s best startups with over 200 investors from across the globe, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really showcase Africa’s innovation talent.




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Location Century City, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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