At least 41 startups from across Africa will be heading to Lisbon from next week to participate at Web Summit 2019, one of the largest technology conferences in the world.
From top speakers to startups, this year’s event has seen more participation from the African continent than ever before. The African startups participating in the event are from 13 countries, with Egypt witnessing the highest representation of 14 startups in total. Angola and Nigeria have 5 startups each while Kenya (3), Rwanda (3) and Tunisia (3) are also represented.
Among the startups that will be representing Kenya is Nafasi. Founded in 2018, Nafasi is a global social enterprise platform using blockchain technology to enable trust and build opportunities such as job creation in the developing world. The company supports entrepreneurs across Africa to scale their businesses by providing them with mentoring and funding.
Nafasi will be showcasing its technology at Startup Showcase during the summit alongside Cape Verde’s Bonako Games, Complete Farmer (Ghana), Expat.com (Ghana), Takestep (Egypt), Botme (Egypt) and Ovarc (Egypt).
PITCH is the startup competition at Web Summit 2019 that brings together the world’s leading early-stage startups for a live on-stage battle. Of the near to 900 applications, 135 have been shortlisted to compete for the winning title. From those selected, Appy, a startup from Angola has made it to the competition.
Appy is building bridges between people and healthcare services. Its technology allows users to book appointments, order medicines and subscribe to health insurances packages, all from one single platform.
Apart from the PITCH competition, there will be startups exhibiting their products at the event. These include Swvl (Egypt), Versus (Nigeria), Trella (Egypt), Jobartis (Angola), Get It Done Now (Nigeria), Miniapis (Morocco), Digified (Egypt), Academia (Rwanda), Gruupup (South Africa), among others.
The 2019 edition of Web Summit will also see speakers and leaders from across the globe take various panel discussions. Among the top speakers selected from Africa to speak at the event is Tunde Kehinde, who is the Co-founder of Lidya. Kehinde will moderate a panelist discussion entitled “Debunking the unbanked: Bringing payments to the masses”. This session will explore how to best provide financial services to people in emerging economies, going beyond mere banking.
Other featured speakers include Fouzia Adjailia, Roboticist, Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Kosice, and Siyabulela Mandela, Lecturer, Nelson Mandela University.
Growth Summit, which features founders and leaders of the world’s highest growth companies, will see a number of African companies grace the event. Some of the selected leaders include CEO of Daystar Power Olaedo Osoka, TeamApt founder Tosin Eniolorunda and Olugbenga Agboola, Co-founder, Flutterwave Inc.
Web Summit is one of the largest gatherings of entrepreneurs, investors, multinationals and thought leaders from different parts of the world. This year’s event will bring together over 120,000 people from more than 170 countries who will converge in Lisbon, Portugal from November 4-11.