Web Summit, the world’s largest technology conference according to the Financial Times, has begun in Lisbon today with 41 startups from Africa.
Top speakers and talks include Tunde Kehinde – Co-founder, Lidya: Debunking the unbanked: Bringing payments to the masses
The concept of unbanked people is commonly referenced, especially within emerging markets. But is it papering over the cracks of a deeper problem? This session will explore how to best provide financial services to people in emerging economies, going beyond mere banking.
Fouzia Adjailia – Roboticist, Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Kosice: Our future doesn’t have to be a boring dystopia
If you sometimes feel like we’re headed toward a very dull dystopia, you’re not alone. In this panel, we’ll discuss what the future might look like, without the misery.
Siyabulela Mandela – Lecturer, Nelson Mandela University: The long walk to peace
The path to peace for any society after a period of conflict is fraught with danger. The majority of civil conflicts backslide within ten years of finishing. Shortening the path from conflict to peace is what this panel – including Nelson Mandela’s grandson – will explore.
Startups by numbers
This year, Web Summit will welcome 41 startups from 13 countries in Africa. The five most represented countries are; Egypt (14), Angola (5), Nigeria (5), Rwanda (3), Kenya (3) and Tunisia (3). Fintech startups have the highest representation of Africam startups, followed by eCommerce and Retail, and Enterprise Software Solutions.
Olaedo Osoka – CEO, Daystar Power
Expensive and unreliable power represent a heavy burden for Africa’s businesses, impeding their growth and development. In two years, Daystar Power has built an ecosystem to provide power to over 100 locations in West Africa. CEO of the company, Olaedo, will outline Daystar Power’s growth trajectory in bridging Africa’s power gap with clean and reliable power.
Tosin Eniolorunda – Founder, TeamApt
The founder of financial technology company TeamApt discusses his plans for expansion from Nigeria.
Olugbenga Agboola – Co-founder, Flutterwave Inc
Co-founder of Flutterave, Olugbenga outlines how and why he built his payments service.
Bonako Games – Cape Verde
Bonako Games Arena, the future of African digital games. We are changing the rules of the video games market. Let’s make history together!
Complete Farmer – Ghana
An end-to-end digital agriculture platform that makes it easy for industries to source for food raw materials and for anyone to own a farm.
Botme – Egypt
Botme is a chatbot building platform that helps businesses to turn conversations into sales.