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Viva Technology conference launches AfricaTech Awards

by Milcah Lukhanyu
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With the AfricaTech Awards ceremony scheduled to take place during the 2022 edition of  VivaTechnology in Paris and online, this pan-African initiative shines a spotlight on the startups and  founders making the strongest positive impact for African citizens and societies.  

The awards are to identify and bring out the most promising startup solutions making a significant  contribution to African growth across key sectors: Agriculture, Health, Finance, Energy, Retail,  Education. 

The AfricaTech Awards is more than a prize; it is a call to action – a 360º program taking place  throughout the year in the run-up to the next edition of Viva Technology. The Awards provide many  advantages such as speaking opportunities, visibility across media and among corporates and  VCs, business opportunities, and mentoring during the year. Viva Technology is very proud to  welcome the International Finance Corporation (IFC), as one of its main partners. In addition, the  AfricaTech Awards Entrepreneur Webseries will be launched to inspire and create more  opportunities. AfricaTech Awards Partners will be announced in Q4, including a leading international  organization, global media partners, corporates & VCs. 

Makhtar Diop, IFC’s Managing Director: “African innovators are changing their countries one  start-up at a time and developing home grown solutions from fintech to edtech or healthtech. Yet  over 80% of African startups report difficulties in accessing funding. To help bridge that funding gap,  I am thrilled to join VivaTech today to announce IFC’s collaboration on the new Africa Tech Awards  that will identify and foster Africa’s most promising and innovative tech entrepreneurs so they can  receive financial support, mentoring opportunities and contacts with key investors.”

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