Starting next Monday, Web Summit, the world’s largest technology conference, according to the Financial Times, would begin in Lisbon, Spain.
This year’s event would witness more participation from the African continent than ever before. From top speakers to startups, Africans are set to compete among some of the world’s most highly sought after companies.
The Web Summit 2019 would 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.
At Web Summit, there would be a Growth Summit, bringing together the founders and leaders of the world’s highest growth companies; Pitch Competition, a startup competition bringing together the world’s leading early-stage startups for a live on-stage battle; and Startup Showcase, an all-new stage at Web Summit 2019, expecting quickfire presentations with startups showcasing their solutions to the biggest issues in their fields.
Of the near to 900 applications for Pitch Competition, 135 have been shortlisted to compete for the winning title. From those selected, Appy, a startup from Angola has made it to the competition.
Seven startups from across Africa such as Bonako Games (Cape Verde); Complete Farmer (Ghana); Botme (Egypt); among others would be taking to the stage at this year’s Startup Showcase.
The event would feature top speakers like: co-founder, Lidya, Tunde Kehinde – Debunking the Unbanked: Bringing Payments to the Masses; Roboticist, Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Kosice, Fouzia Adjailia; Lecturer, Nelson Mandela University: The Long Walk to Peace, Siyabulela Mandela; CEO, Daystar Power, Olaedo Osoka; founder, TeamApt, Tosin Eniolorunda; and co-founder, Flutterwave Inc, Olugbenga Agboola.
Web Summit has been described as one of the world’s largest gatherings of entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals and thought leaders, with over 120,000 people from more than 170 countries.
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