NITDA affirms confidence in DEMO Africa 2015
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
Nigeria’s National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has affirmed its confidence in the ability of the DEMO Africa forum, a pan-African launch-pad for technology start-up companies, to become the continent’s rallying ground to discover technology leaders and entrepreneurs.
The DEMO Africa event is scheduled to take place September 21-25 in Lagos and will be showcasing 30 technology start-ups from across Africa. Nigeria leads the table with eight startups. They are: PoshRite, Oga Venue, TalkingBookz, iKon Tracker, Mavis Computel, CarpartsNigeria, Zuvaa, and SmartEdu.
Kenya, increasingly gaining global spot as tech-startup haven, has six namely: Bitsoko, BambaPOS, Shield Finance, InsureAfrika, LipaPlus, ENT-Mobile, Abacus, and SimbaPay. South Africa has three startup-representatives: Edge Books, Bozza and Eco-mc2. Ghana has two: Ghana’s Zeepay and Flippy Campus. Egypt also has two: LockName and Raye7. Cameroon features two: Koomza and Feem Wi-Fi; and Zimbabwe also has two startups: IPC eProductivity and RoadRules.
Uganda, Tanzania and Ivory Coast each have one startup in this order respectively: Roundbob, Tango TV, and Airshop. Francophone Ivory Coast with its Airshop startup company will be featuring in the event for the first time and underscores the expanding ecosystem for Africa’s technology startups.
“Africa is growing in strength and its youths are pointing to the direction of things to come. NITDA is committed to Demo Africa as part of its mandate to youth development from the perspective of IT as well as its belief that a large population of highly exposed and trained youths will be the driver of Nigeria’s new economy,” said NITDA’s Director General, Mr. Peter Jack who spoke in Abuja over the weekend.
NITDA with the Nigerian Ministry of Communication Technology is a co-host of DEMO Africa in collaboration with [email protected] and VC4Africa. NITDA is already promoting eight Nigerian startups at this year’s GITEX Expo and Conference taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
DEMO Africa also has the support of private sector technology giants including Microsoft, under the 4Afrika Initiative. The software company is encouraged by the support of public institutions such as the NITDA for the DEMO Africa forum.
“It is actions by different players that will see technology entrepreneurship effectively bringing sustainability to entrepreneurship across Africa,” said Executive Producer of DEMO Africa, Harry Hare, while commending on Microsoft’s support for the event.
One of the highpoints of DEMO Africa 2015 is the newly introduced knowledge streams to delve into critical topics including Business Modeling, Scaling Businesses, Creating an Unfair Advantage, and Raising Capital. Top industry players, including MEST Founder, Jorn Lyseggen, President, Harry Tomi Davies-ABAN, Partner, Adlevo Capital, Folabi Esan, IROKO TV CEO, Jason Njoku, among others, will lead the discussion. Other notable activities at the 2015 DEMO Africa event include an investor roundtable forum and [email protected] Summit, with the uptake of Africa-generated technology being expected to dominate the conversations.