Innovators from across Africa to present at Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow

Monday March 17, ecosystem innovators from across Africa will share their insights at the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow, Russia, “the premier inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world”. VC4Africa founder Ben White will be one of the speakers.

Around 4000 entrepreneurs and others from 140 countries are attending the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Moscow, praised as “the premier inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world”. Last year’s event was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The year before in the UK, Richard Branson of Virgin was one of the GEC’s key-note speakers, inspiring delegates from 120 countries among a crowd of thousands. Earlier GEC congresses have been held in Shanghai, Dubai and the US.

On Monday, March 17, LIONS@FRICA and Global Entrepreneurship Week Global will present a special “Unleashing African Entrepreneurship” session at the Congress, in which ecosystem innovators from across Africa will offer insights and lessons learned from their experiences. LIONS@FRICA is a partnership to enhance the startup and innovation ecosystems of African economies. The partners include the US State DepartmentVC4AfricaMicrosoft, NokiaDEMO AfricaGlobal Entrepreneurship Week, and others.

The “Unleashing African Entrepreneurship” session will be moderated by Nick Vilelle, Director of the LIONS@FRICA Partnership. Jonathan Ortmans, Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, will give a welcome address.

Some of the key issues the session aims to address are African solutions to improve entrepreneurial ecosystems, coordinating efforts from around the continent, and insights into the entrepreneurial ecosystems in Algeria, Kenya, Mauritius, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and more.

Here are some of the speakers:

Ben White, VC4Africa: connecting venture finance on the continent, Africa.

Karim Sy, Jokkolabs: building a network of high-impact labs in West Africa, Senegal

Edwin Zulu, Youth empowerment through student entrepreneurship, Zambia

Paulo Cabral, How to mobilize governments and the private sector, Cape Verde

Susan Amat, Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem through university engagement,USA/Tanzania

George MulamulaafriCoderDojo: teaching kids to code, Tanzania

Fredell Jacobs, Strategic partnerships to attract high impact entrepreneurs, South Africa

Fatiha Rachedi, Soft skills for coaching startups, Algeria

Sanjay Mungur, Exploring the factors driving growth in Mauritius, Mauritius

John Wali, SlumFest: Bringing entrepreneurship to the slums, Kenya

Nick Vilelle, LIONS@FRICA: working together to improve efficiency, Africa

Besides the speakers, many delegates from across Africa will be present in Moscow next week. Nick Vilelle of LIONS@FRICA shares: “We’re expecting delegates from thirty-three African countries at the Congress, a new all-time high. We are hoping to have a full house of 200 on hand for the Unleashing African Entrepreneurship session.” For who can’t attend, the session will be live-tweeted by@lionsafrica on Twitter too, on Monday, March 17 starting around 11:15 a.m. GMT. The presentations will also be filmed and shared online afterwards.

Jonathan Ortmans, Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, indicated “Unleashing African Entrepreneurship” as an important session. “The session offers leaders in the ecosystem a chance to share knowledge with their counterparts from 140 nations. Among them, policymakers from Africa and other developing economies will coordinate on emerging research, innovative policy ideas and leading edge programs to support entrepreneurs making sure their countries have access to the best ideas emerging from the world’s hottest startup communities. The event will also offer entrepreneurs a chance to find best-in-class ideas for scaling their nascent startup.”

“The Global Entrepreneurship Congress has emerged as the world’s big tent to talk shop about global entrepreneurial development”, Ortmans shared, and “this will be an important year for entrepreneurship in Africa”.

Also see the Global Entrepreneurship Congress website, and the “Unleashing African Entrepreneurship” session page.

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