AfriTech Basecamp – London: Networking for African Founders & Investors
Networking event & ecosystem for founders, investors, entrepreneurs and for all who support the wider tech community of Africans.
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About this event
The African entrepreneurial ecosystem is growing and flourishing internationally, and it’s been made possible through collaboration and partnerships between founders, investors, and entrepreneur support organizations. With the African entrepreneurial landscape developing both on the continent, in the U.K and in the wider international market, there is an incredible opportunity to kick-start a networking event that brings these parties together.
This networking event is designed for African founders, investors, techpreneurs, innovators, culture-shifters, distruptors, technology experts, entrepreneur support organizations who work and focus on the African continent and the international market and are based in the U.K. Through live interactive sessions, attendees will get to connect with like-minded individuals, share their knowledge and insights as well as get access to resources to help them succeed.
The event will feature speakers from different industries and sectors such as finance, healthcare, technology, travel, etc. who will provide valuable insight into their respective fields while fostering a sense of creativity amongst attendees. Additionally, representatives from UK government agencies will be invited to provide advice on how best to run a UK business and secure financing for international projects.
In addition to connecting people already involved in the African entrepreneurial space this event is intended to serve as a gateway for new Africans entrepreneurs looking to join this vibrant community by offering mentorship opportunities with more experienced members of the network.
As part of our efforts to foster successful relationships between partners in this ecosystem we plan on hosting similar events every quarter throughout 2023 with each event focusing on different topics related to entrepreneurship in Africa and the U.K. based on the book “Investment Worthy Startup” by Tomi Davies (TD).
We believe that such actions can bridge the gap between aspiring entrepreneurs in Africa and those living in the UK Diaspora by creating deeper connections among peers which can lead towards greater collaboration opportunities down the line.
18:00- 19:00 II Doors open & socialize
19:00 – 20:30 II Q&A with speaker
20:30 – Close II Networking
Series Investor Panel:
Harry ‘Tomi Davies (TD) is Collaborator-in-Chief (CiC)’ at TVC Labs, an entrepreneurship support organisation working with technology-enabled innovation in Lagos, Nigeria which he founded. TD is the founding President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and board member of the Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). As an active stakeholder in the African startup ecosystem he values intellect, innovation, independence, collaboration and integrity in all our relationships
TD believes that humans are using technology to build a better life for humankind and innovative African startup founders are using technology to build a better Africa. He also firmly believes that supporting innovative startups creates economic value and social impact and that innovation hubs and business angels are a critical local resource to founder and startup growth. He asserts that locally led international support accelerates the development of the African startup ecosystems.
After graduating from the University of Miami in 1982, TD led innovative technology-enabled transformation initiatives for influential global brands such as Elf Aquitaine, Marks & Spencer, Ernst & Young and Sapient across Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia.
In 2000, his focus shifted to Africa where he worked on various technology-led innovation initiatives in Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Kenya using his goal-oriented approach to project delivery which inspired his 2014 book “The African Project Manager”. In December 2021, TD was named as one of the “100 Most Influential Africans of 2021” by New African Magazine.
TD is Chairman of Powerstove (Renewables) and Non-Executive Director at MBO Capital (Private Equity) and sits on the boards of Big Cabal Media (Media & Entertainment) and Laptops4Learning (L4L) Nigeria (Edutech NGO). He also Chairs the Innovation Committee of the Lagos State Science, Research and Innovation Council (LASRIC).
As an angel investor with insights gained from a growing portfolio of tech-enabled startup ventures originating from Africa, his personal goal is to ”Find, Fund & Follow”, African founders that are using technology-enabled innovation to create economic value and social impact on the continent that “builds Africa’s future together”. These founders are the inspiration and target of his 2023 book “Investment Worthy Startup” which lays out his POEM Framework as a tool for building tech-enabled startups on the continent and their investors.
Guest Series Panel:
Olanike Jagun, Investor
Laurencia Day- Knight, KOLD Solutions
Don James, Berkshire Rooms / The ASAP – Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP)
Tai Karun, Join a nation / KMN Digital
Venkatesh Ramasamy, Portfolio Founder
Soji Sanyaolu, Portfolio Founder / AirSmat
Vivek Ghiya, VC/PE
Gerrad Olisa-Ashar, Angel Investor / Dipa – Diaspora Investment Partners Africa
Jeffrey Williams-Edem, BD / Layton
The Curtain Private Club, Shoreditch. 45 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
PARTNERS & SUPPORTERS
Entrepreneurs Collective: A member community of founders, investors and start-up enthusiasts. We accelerate our members’ success globally.
Dipa (Diaspora Investment Partners Africa): A networking platform connecting private investors to entrepreneurs creating sustainable value and impact in Africa.
Leyton: Helps thousands of businesses each year to simplify their access to complex financial incentives, innovative investments and maximise their financial benefit, with more than £900m in the past year alone.
TVC Labs: An entrepreneur support organization providing strategic and operational support to innovative early-stage African tech-enabled ventures. TVC Labs Find, Fund, then Follow innovative African founders to build our future Together!