- ABAWT x #Africa4Future Meetup
ABAWT x #Africa4Future Meetup A Better Africa with Tech (ABAWT) and #Africa4Future have teamed up to bring you access to 10 awesome startups from 7 different countries across the African continent! The #Africa4Future initiative is a joint accelerator by Airbus BizLab & GIZ Make-IT in Africa focusing on startups working on digital solutions in the field of unmanned logistics and remote sensing. Ten teams from Kenya, Malawi, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Mali and South Africa were selected from more than 300 applicants from all over the continent to participate in the six month program. The startups will be with us in Berlin for the ABAWT x #Africa4Future Meetup to talk about their solutions in the sectors of health, infrastructure, logistics, agriculture, water and waste management. The event will give you the opportunity to get directly in touch with the young innovators and learn more about their innovations for a better Africa with tech. Grab your free ticket here -> https://www.eventbrite.com/e/abawt-x-africa4future-meetup-tickets-58053965975 Agenda: 18.00: Doors open (Free drinks) 18.10: Welcome by Sannssi Cissé (ABAWT) 18.15: Introduction by Rey Buckman (Airbus BizLab) and Matthias Fröhlich-Rehfeld (GIZ, Make-IT in Africa) 18.25: Pitch Presentation I (5 startups) 18.40: Q&A Session I 19.00: Pitch Presentation II (5 startups) 19.15: Q&A Session II 19.35: Networking 20.30: End The #Africa4Future Startups: Astral Aerial Kenya Founded by: Kush Gadhia (presenting), Geoffrey Nyaga, Mwanzia Mawilli, Sanjeev Gadhia, Yunus Munshi www.astral-aerial.com Astral Aerial offers drone services using a FLYOX Cargo Drone suitable for humanitarian cargo, agriculture and industrial inspection. Côte D´Ivoire Drone Ivory Coast Founded by: Marouane Jebbar www.cotedivoiredrone.com Côte D’Ivoire Drone is a local drone manufacturer. The company provides tailored made drones and data collection and analytics services. Elemental Numerics South Africa Founded by: Leon Malan & Arnaud Malan www.elementalnumerics.com Elemental Numerics software suite assists to solve multi-physics problems in various industries ranging from aerospace to energy, mining and manufacturing. Lentera Kenya Founded by: Moses Kimani www.lenterafrica.com Lentera offers a precision agriculture module that uses sensor beacons to transmit farm data such as temperature, humidity and soil moisture to enable timely farm decisions. Mamabird Malawi Founded by: Eugene Maseya & Thomas Lauzon www.mamabird.io MamaBird is an emerging drone logistics company delivering lifesaving supplies to the last mile with a special focus on maternal and newborn health. Map Action Mali Founded by: Boubacar Youssouf www.map-action.com Map Action specialises in geolocation, monitoring, and data assessment in the fields of environment, WASH and sustainable development. Maisha ICT Ethiopia Founded by: Tizzita Tefera & Fassika Hailemeskel www.maishaethiopia.com Maisha ICT solves social issues around healthcare focussing on blood and other health product delivery for remote rural areas of Ethiopia. Mobitech Water Solutions Kenya Founded by: Kelvin Gacheru www.techwatersolutions.com MobiTech Water Solutions developed a real-time water monitoring solution that allows users to monitor and manage their water using an app-based dashboard and instant messaging. Track Your Build Nigeria/ Sierra Leone Founded by: Edmond Nonie www.tybprojects.com Track Your Build creates maps for risk assessment using data captured with drones and also provides evaluations of this digital data. Wipo Wireless Power South Africa Founded by: Jaco du Preez www.wipo-wirelesspower.com WiPo Wireless Power (Pty) Ltd provides wireless power solutions for for drones and other ultra high power equipment.
- Let's talk ABAWT ... AgroTech!
As mentioned in our previous email we would like to kick off 2019 with an open network session just to get everyone connecting and sharing ideas again. We feel there is the need for that. Every meetup we’ve had and most conferences are pretty jam packed with activities or speakers that it’s hard to get individuals actually taking their time to connect with others. So here's to the first of our “Let’s talk ABAWT …” sessions where we set the main theme, get a pretty solid startup in the industry to share their experiences and connect with one another. :) You can find a short bio of our speaker for the event and agenda below: Lynda Wamuthiani Lynda is the Startups Coordinator at SmartHectar Innovation. She grew up in Nairobi and moved to Berlin in 2016 to pursue her Masters degree in International Economics & Cultural Diplomacy. SmartHectar Innovation is a Berlin-based international hub for corporate-startup collaboration in agriculture, water, and food technologies. At SmartHectar, Lynda identifies and connects the right startups for a corporate’s innovation strategy, ensures the match is right and satisfaction from both sides of the collaboration are met. By combining the experience of established companies with the agility of startups SmartHectar drives innovation to solve global challenges in agri-food and water systems. On the side, she volunteers as partnerships executive for 180 DC Consulting Berlin. She is passionate about startups in the areas of health, education, food and sustainability - where impact meets profitability. Agenda 18.00: Doors open (Free beer on tap + Awesome coffee machine) 18.15 - 18.20: Introductory talk by ABAWT Organizer Saskia 18.20 - 18.35: Presentation by Lynda Wamuthiani on SmartHectar 18.35 - 18.45: Q&A Session 18.45 - 20.00: Let's talk (Networking) Grab your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-abawt-agrotech-tickets-54966592558
- Meetup #11 - Fintech & Financial Inclusion
Agenda ----------------------------------------- 18.30: Doors open (Food and drinks on us) 19.00: Introductory talk by ABAWT member Manny 19.10: Panel discussion with Founder of Flippify Emmanuel Mbalam, Founder of Data Integrated Limited Mary Mwangi, Founder of Vink Oussama Settala, ex-Founder of Payleven and MundiPagg Renann Fortes, and Product lead at N26 Akarsh Sanghi 20.00 - 21.00: Networking Overview ----------------------------------------- Africa is leading the world of mobile money, with giants providers on the market such as M-Pesa winning the market with an estimated $548 million per year. Their services range from payments and current accounts, to savings, loans, investments, and insurance. It is therefore obvious that with this kind of opportunity in the market financial inclusion cannot be a challenge. How can untapped market be reached? Can newcomers and innovators begin to think way early in the development of their digital products a model that will benefit people currently without access to financial services? We are delighted to be hosted by Europe's first mobile bank N26. THE PANELISTS Emmanuel Mbalam (Remote) ----------------------------------------- Emmanuel holds a Diploma in Accounting from the University of Ghana, Accra City Campus. Emmanuel worked as an Accounts Assistant at the finance directorate of the University of Ghana for three years managing Fixed Assets and Capital projects, after which he went straight into entrepreneurship. He started the first Peer-2 Peer Lending platform in Ghana and has since gone on to start three other startups, where one has been acquired by a Microfinance company, working across the Fintech, Agritech and ehealth landscape with over 7 years experience in the Ghanaian and African startup ecosystem. My passion is to develop products/ solutions that helps individuals eliminate barriers to realizing their potentials, of which finance is one. Mary Mwangi (Remote) ------------------------------------ CEO and founder of Data Integrated Limited, a financial technology company which developed the MobiTill solutions - a payment platform that simplifies payments and enhances customer experience at the point of sale. Founded in 2017, the company has currently 17 employees and headquartered in Nairobi Kenya Oussama Settala ------------------------------------- In a country where online purchase and virtual money transfer is not available, Vink is building a product with features similar to MPesa, PayPal and mint. Vink will enable Tunisians to take advantage of full basic mobile banking. Their vision is to become the product used for every online financial transaction in Tunisia. Oussama has expertise in economics, financial markets and banking. He is the managing director of Vink. Renann Fortes ------------------------------------- Passionate about entrepreneurship, customera and team building, Renann,has more than 10 years of experience in the payment industry and nominated at forbes 30 under 30 list in 2014 for his work in the Brazilian payment industry. 15 years ago Brazilian payment environment was a monopoly and since the regulation reform the payment industry has completely changed and still changing daily, Renann was part of this process starting Payleven in Brazil from scratch, a mobile psp venture acquired by SumUP. After Payleven, together with Arpex Capital and a super star team, he helps to build MundiPagg and Stone, the revolutionary acquirer in Brazil which is planing its IPO in Nasdaq this year. With this diverse background and experience building new features and mindset Renann is really proud of helping to democratize the non present payments in his home country. Akarsh Sanghi ------------------------------------- Product Lead at N26. With his extensive experience in design he will give us an introduction to how the N26 product is built and how the design of such a product can be maximised to ensure inclusivity.
- Meetup #10 - Africa Day | Brainstorming job creation on the Continent
The 25th of May is internationally recognized as Africa Day so let's get together on the 24th to celebrate and brainstorm job creation opportunities for the continent. Africa has the youngest population globally with a median age of 25. By 2050 the continent will account for the highest population growth in the world, 1.3 billion. This increase in population will demand a strong investment in skills development, education, job creation and infrastructure to address the needs at hand. Can technology help us build and develop an extraordinary skilled and talented workforce that will rise to address the challenges that will come with an increase in the population? James Shikwati --------------------- James is a Kenyan libertarian economist and Director of the Inter Region Economic Network who promotes freedom of trade as the driving solution to poverty in Africa. The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) is a think tank keen on wealth creation in Africa through free enterprise it also focuses on having Africa engage in organically generated concepts and ideas on development. Dr. Jörg Kleis --------------------- Jörg is a Co-Founder of AfricaWorks and also in charge of Clients & Partnerships. His focus on Africa started in 2009 when he wrote his dissertation on African economic integration with research visits to Nigeria, Namibia and Tanzania. Later, during his legal traineeship he worked for DEG in the financing of projects in Kenya and Mozambique and the Africa-department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. After his second state examination in law in 2015 he co-founded AfricaWorks, a spin-off by the University of Leipzig. AfricaWorks connects African graduates from German universities with the private sector. Wadzanai Motsi --------------------- Wadzanai is an Africa focused strategy, policy and development professional. She has worked with policymakers in Southern Africa, political and community activists in Europe, Asia, North and West Africa, and is a staunch advocate for a democratized Africa, as determined by the African people. Wadzanai started The African Democracy Experiment (ADEX), a platform that promotes innovative, continental approaches to addressing Africa's democratization and governance questions. ADEX promotes accountability and strengthening of governance systems through empowering citizens with data, tools and the information necessary to strategically advocate for transparent and competent leadership. Agenda 18:30: Doors open 19:00: Introductory talk by ABAWT co-organizer Saskia 19:10: Panel discussion with Co-Founder of AfricaWorks Jörg Kleis, Founder of IREN James Shikwati and Founder of ADEX Wadzanai Motsi 20:0 - 21:00: Networking Join the conversation and don't miss out on partnership opportunities and access to the talent coming from the continent. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meetup-10-celebrating-africa-day-brainstorming-job-creation-on-the-continent-tickets-45799537650?aff=es2
- ABAWT Now x International Women’s Day: African Women Founders in Tech
The time is now... to meet the African women shaping the tech scene in the EU and in Africa! On International Women’s Day, we are inviting accomplished female founders from Germany and Africa to share their stories. Ivy Barley ---------------- Founder of Developers in Vogue and current World Economic Forum Global Shaper, named in 2017 as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaian. Developers In Vogue aims at creating a relevant community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond. They offer bootcamps in web development as well as career development for women and girls in Accra. “I believe more than ever that this is the set time for Africa to shine and I am very excited to be a part of the generation that would revolutionize Africa in a big way!“ Jessica Francisca Colaço ----------------------------------- TED fellow and co-founder of Brave Venture Labs - a tech and AI company helping enterprises to hire the best tech talent across Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya and the US. Jessica also co-founded the iHub Kenya with Erik Hersman in 2010 and served in various leadership positions. Named one of the top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya’s business scene by Business Daily in 2009, 2011 and 2012, her story is worth all our time. She is currently writing a book entitled “The genesis of the Silicon Savannah” about her journey at iHub and how it all happened. Mary Mwangi --------------------- CEO and founder of Data Integrated Limited, a financial technology company which developed the MobiTill solutions - a payment platform that simplifies payments and enhances customer experience at the point of sale. Founded in 2017, the company has currently 17 employees and headquartered in Nairobi Kenya. Wadzanai Motsi ------------------------- Wadzanai is an Africa focused strategy, policy and development professional. She has worked with policymakers in Southern Africa, political and community activists in Europe, Asia, North and West Africa, and is a staunch advocate for a democratized Africa, as determined by the African people. Wadzanai started The African Democracy Experiment (ADEX), a platform that promotes innovative, continental approaches to addressing Africa's democratization and governance questions. ADEX promotes accountability and strengthening of governance systems through empowering citizens with data, tools and the information necessary to strategically advocate for transparent and competent leadership. *Agenda* 18:30: Doors open 19:00: Welcome words ABAWT, enpact & StartUp Cup 19:20 - 20:25: Talks and Q&A 20:25 - 21:00: Networking, drinks, and nibbles Join the conversation and don't miss out on partnership opportunities and access to the talent coming from the continent. For more info on the UN’s International Women’s Day check out : http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day
- Meetup #8 - Africa startup updates + Networking!
Hi fellow ABAWTs, Let's get together one last time this year to discuss tech in Africa! We are so sorry for being out of touch and inconsistent with our Meetups. Next year will definitely be different and more regular :). If you would like volunteer to help us organize our meetups please reach out to us and we can work something out. The more the merrier and we need all the help we can get. As usual if you want a platform to discuss your African-based startup feel free to get in touch and we will fill you in for the event. Come join us for more awesome networking opportunities and more importantly free tap beer all night long! We might throw in some pizza as well this time! :) RSVP now for Tuesday the 12th of December at 6pm at WeWork, Kurfürstendamm 11, 10719 Berlin. The Meetup agenda will follow shortly. Regards, the ABAWT team.
- Meetup #7 - Let's network!
Hi fellow ABAWTs, So this time we're aiming for a general networking meetup plus open platform to throw ideas about regarding startups in Africa. As usual if you have something to share with regards to startups in Africa or if you want a platform to share your own initiative/agenda/startup get in touch and we'll happily slot you in. Just to keep tradition running we will still bring you one remote presentation from a startup based in Africa so they give us insight as to their challenges + success story. Come join us for more awesome networking opportunities and more importantly free tap beer all night long! :) RSVP now for Tuesday the 15th of August at 7pm at WeWork Sony Centre, Potsdamer Platz, Kemperpl. 1, 10785 Berlin. The Meetup agenda will follow shortly. Regards, the ABAWT team.
- Meetup #6 - Catchup session on the African startup scene!
Hi fellow ABAWTs, Finally another meetup! :) We're working on bringing you another awesome and insightful remote presentation from a startup based in Africa. Also working on a few other line-ups which we will confirm when we send out the agenda. As usual if you have something to share with regards to startups in Africa or if you want a platform to share your own initiative/agenda/startup don't hesitate to give us a shout and we'll fit you right in if there are still slots available. Come join us for more wonderful networking opportunities and free tap beer all night long! :) RSVP now for Tuesday the 30th of May at 7pm at WeWork Sony Centre, Potsdamer Platz, Kemperpl. 1, 10785 Berlin. The Meetup agenda will follow shortly. Regards, the ABAWT team.
- Meetup #5 - African-based startups and more networking!
Hi fellow ABAWTs, Finally our 1st meetup in the new year is here! We've promised in the past to make these a lot more regular and this is definitely in the new years resolution along with the more obvious eating healthy and getting fit programs :). Come along and bring a friend if you're looking for more networking opportunities with an African-focus. Or if you're looking for ways to actively get involved or invest in projects in Africa. Or if you're more interested in free beer and chatting away amongst like-minded colleagues. Whichever one it is you're welcome. Also if you'd like to share your ideas and experience with startups in Africa or have a business plan you'd like to implement and need like-minded criticism and validation this platform is yours. Get in touch and I'll fit you on the agenda if there's a spot. As with our past meetups we'll have at least one startup from a country in the wonderful African continent to do a remote presentation on their business, challenges and progress. RSVP now for Tuesday the 28th of February at 7pm at the WeWork Hackesher Markt. The Meetup agenda will follow shortly. Regards, the ABAWT team.
- Join Us - #Afrolynk 2016
#Afrolynk (http://www.facebook.com/hashtag/afrolynk) 2016 - Linking Africa to Europe and Making an Impact with Tech The #Afrolynk conference 2016 will take place on Wednesday, November 23, at Microsoft Berlin. We are looking forward to hearing key speakers sharing their knowledge on Innovation, Networking and Acceleration of tech startups and businesses. #Afrolynk 2016 will • feature pitch sessions, exhibitions and demonstrations, • promote startups with ties to the African market to showcase their innovative products and pitch their work, • connect players on the African tech scene (entrepreneurs, hubs, accelerators, policymakers, VCs) with the European scene, • and provide startups and businesses with support and networking opportunities. Please ensure you have also registered on eventbrite to secure your ticket: - Register TODAY!! (http://www.afrolynk.eventbrite.com) WELCOME to #Afrolynk 2016! Please contact (http://www.afrolynk.com/#section-contact) if you are interested to speak and/or participate. Follow Us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/Afrolynk/), Twitter (http://twitter.com/afrolynk) and Linkedin (http://www.linkedin.com/company/afrolynk?trk=biz-companies-cym)