Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Dangote addresses the world at Demo Africa

The Chairman, Dangote Group and Africa’s richest man, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, will address a global audience at the 2015 edition of DEMO Africa scheduled to take place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos on September 24 and 25.

DEMO Africa, the flagship initiatives of LIONS@frica which objective is to connect African start-ups to the global ecosystem, ITRealms gathered, is the place where the most innovative companies from African countries get a platform to launch and announce to Africa and the world what difference their products are capable of making to prospective customers.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Precise Financial System (PFS) who is also the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the event, Yele Okeremi, confirmed the development in a press release, saying that Dangote is expected to share his entrepreneurship and startups experience with 30 technology startups that have been selected to demonstrate how their products will positively impact the world.

The information, ITRealms also reports, stated that the event which is co-hosted by National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Ministry of Communication Technology will have the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Communication and Technology, Dr. Tunji Olaopa; Managing Director, Kuramo Capital (a venture capitalist company with current investment of $5m about N995.2million in hotel.ng), Mobolaji Adeoye, and the Director, Intel Capital, Tobi Oke, as speakers.

Other speakers include the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Peter Jack; the Founder, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology [MEST], that trains, mentors and invests in world-class technology entrepreneurs and African startups from Ghana and Nigeria, Jorn Lyseggen; the CEO, African Technology Foundation, Stephen Ozoigbo among others.

DEMO Africa, ITRealms learnt, recently released a list of 30 technology start-ups from across Africa that will pitch at the 2015 edition of the event. With eight representatives, Nigeria tops the list again. Kenya is second with six startups. South Africa is third with three representatives while Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and Zimbabwe have two entrepreneurs respectively. Uganda, Tanzania and newcomer, Ivory Coast, have one startup each.

According to DEMO Africa Executive Producer, Harry Hare, globally, the “DEMO experience has helped to introduce new products and services that have become popular brands in the business and consumer markets, which include Evernote, Salesforce, Cisco webex, Jawbone, Waze, and Tivo among others. DEMO Africa provides a great opportunity for African start-ups to showcase their innovation to the rest of the world”.

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