Open Mic Africa – LAGOS

A cross-continent tour in search of Africa’s most innovative entrepreneurs

Join the MIT Legatum team on July 26th and 27th in Lagos for a unique event bringing together local entrepreneurs, MIT alumni, African leaders and the local tech ecosystem stakeholders.

Open Mic Africa is a Pan-African tour organized by the Legatum Center at MIT to find and showcase Africa’s top innovators while developing a dialogue among local entrepreneurs, investors, and MIT mentors.

Each city’s agenda will include:

  • Inspirational talks from African entrepreneurs who have successfully taken their ventures to scale
  • Workshops on understanding customers and venture pitch training
  • Mentoring sessions; and an “open pitch” competition where participants could win up to US$2,500 in each city.


Open Mic Africa is the first phase of the 2017 Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion which will officially open in August 2017.

The Zambezi Prize was established in 2015 by the MIT Legatum Center in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to discover and support Africa’s most promising and innovative early-stage start-ups that help advance financial inclusion. The Prize awards US$100,000 to Africa’s most promising early-stage start-up that is solving a major financial inclusion challenge in the most innovative way. Prize finalists are eligible to receive additional cash prizes and for a chance to attend MIT’s acclaimed Entrepreneurship Development Program, a one-week immersive executive program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Jul 26 - 9:00 - Jul 27, 2017 - 19:00
Organizer MIT Legatum Center
Website Visit website
Location Lagos, Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria
Targets Nigeria
Retail and wholesale, Agribusiness, Automotive, Banking, Clean technology, Computer hardware, Computer software, Construction, Creative, media and entertainment, Diversified services, E-commerce, EdTech, Education, Electronics, Financial services, Food and beverage, Healthcare, HealthTech, Insurance, Internet, Leisure and travel, Manufacturing, Mobile, Real estate, Renewable energy, Telecom, Transport and logistics, Utilities, Waste management and recycling, Water, sanitation and hygiene