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2017


# TechinAfrica: Africa at the Cutting Edge

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2017


# TechinAfrica: Africa at the Cutting Edge

The 2017 forum explored technology and how it is enabling disruption in just about every industry in Africa. As technology expands across the continent, companies both large and small explore new talent, infrastructure, and policy needs. Additionally, certain cities are better able to leverage their resources while certain companies are better positioned to succeed from this rapid growth than others.  


Attendees explored the varying opportunities for technological expansion across the continent. From healthcare to agriculture to education and retail, startups are raising millions and technology and consulting giants are investing millions.   The keynote speaker, Chris Folayan, kicked off the day with an overview of the African start up landscape.  Chris is an established serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of C-level experience working in high-tech companies and start ups, who most recently founded MallforAfrica and MallfortheWorld.  Participants heard from celebrated tech leaders, VCs and entrepreneurs in panel discussions focused on Africa's Tech Entrepreneurs, Fintech: The African Way and Big Tech's Ambitions in Africa.

It’s rare to see so many technology leaders from such an important emerging market in one place!
“I truly enjoyed the event and appreciate the effort that went into organizing such an insightful event. I learnt a lot about
the startup landscape in Africa.”
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2016


Africa Plugged In: Sparking Ideas, Unlocking Innovation

2016


Africa Plugged In: Sparking Ideas, Unlocking Innovation

The 2016 Haas Africa Business Forum was held on April 23rd under the theme “Africa Plugged in”. The Forum brought to UC Berkeley conversations on the opportunities and growth that improved access to power across the continent will unlock.

Africa has 15% of the world’s population, but only 3% of its power. This is rapidly changing with over $12 billion in public assistance and private finance invested in power over the last decade, and a further $800 billion over the next 25 years is expected to take Africa from 35% to 80% electrification.

The Forum was kicked off by an inspiring keynote by Fred Swaniker, Founder of Africa Leadership Academy, and over 140 attendees were invited to explore the rapid energy-driven growth the continent will experience in the coming years. In addition to the stimulating panels, industry experts, business leaders, and students were given a rare space to network and exchange ideas about the future of business in Africa.

 
This year’s Africa Business Forum themed “Africa Plugged In” showed me the significant impact that work in the energy industry will have on the future of Africa going forward. It also taught me about the many wonderful cultures within Africa that I previously knew nothing about. It has inspired me to go out and make a difference.
— Patrick Tan (EWMBA 2017)
The Berkeley-Haas Africa Business Forum 2016 is an informative, intimate event which shines a light on business activities and opportunities across Africa. The size of the forum allowed for interaction and networking among attendees ranging from those new to conducting business in Africa and those who have years of experience. I came away with new insights and practical contacts I am sure will help me and others.
— Ahren E. Lehnert
I knew a little bit about the emerging market & growing African tech space, but wanted to learn more and about investment opportunities on the continent. The Forum was excellent and the selection of panelist/speakers was impressive! This is a must-go for anyone interested in renewable energy or the start-up market in Africa.
I was inspired by the conference, the conference organizers, the speakers and the possibilities for entrepreneurship and growth in Africa.
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2015


Africa: The Next Frontier for Mobile Technology

2015


Africa: The Next Frontier for Mobile Technology

The inaugural Forum, held on the 2nd May, focused on the rapid adoption of mobile technology in Africa.  This sold out event looked at the way in which mobile technology is birthing to new business models and innovative solutions to previously unsolvable problems, while trying to find answers to the questions: What will the continent look like in 10 years? How will the adoption of the web transform how business is done?   

Sophia Bekele,  Founder/CEO of DotConnectAfrica Group & CBS International, Founder of Yes2dotAfrica Campaign, gave a motivating keynote speech which discussed the effects of embracing the mobile technology across platforms.