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SAHARA SPARKS 2017 WAS HELD ON 26-27 MAY 2017

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SAHARA SPARKS 2018

Sahara Sparks

Sahara Sparks is the Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event, which promotes early stage companies by providing them with the opportunity to be exposed, pitch and exhibit their products and services, to find investors and potential partners.

Sahara Sparks activities includes Exhibitions, Product launching, Pitching sessions, Talks, Panel discussions and many more.

Sahara Sparks Event

Sahara Sparks is the Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event, which promotes early stage companies by providing them with the opportunity to be exposed, pitch and exhibit their products and services, to find investors and potential partners.

Corporate Consulting

Sahara Ventures is a consulting firm which provides strategic assistance and support on corporate event management, technology project management, human capital management and investment on promising new ventures (startups).

Startups Investments

Sahara Ventures link investors to early stage companies with innovative business models and potential to grow exponentially. We help in providing technical and business advice to investors on where to invest, on what to invest and whom to invest and help them track their investments.

RECAP SAHARA SPARKS 2017:
KEYNOTE SPEECH

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May 26-27, 2017 – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Sahara Sparks 2017 saw more than 136 early stage companies (startups) participating in the largest ever innovation and technology entrepreneurship event organized in Tanzania. The event had more than 1337 attendees with different diversity whom more than 600+ attendees on main event were mostly young entrepreneurs from all over Tanzania who were showcasing their products, pitching in front of the audience, seeking partners for their businesses and all of them hoping to scale their businesses to the next level.

Stephan Fouche, The representative from DMM Company & DMM.Africa the main sponsor of the event provided an interesting keynote falling under the event theme of "Towards Smart Solutions", how Africa can be able to develop smart solutions that can be used in Africa and the rest of the world.

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PARTICIPANTS

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STARTUPS

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SPEAKERS

Our esteemed Sahara Sparks 2017 Speakers.

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Sahara Sparks 2017 had speakers from different organizations and companies from different parts of Africa and the world; Kenya, Nigeria, Japan and many more. The speakers were involved in wide range of topics including; future of smart cities, IoT and smart solutions, Digital Inclusion and Women in ICT, Innovation For Impact, Innovation Spaces, Hubs and Labs,Accelerating Startup Growth - The Role Of The Private Sector and Funding Opportunities For Startups.

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Uber

Alfred Msemo

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World Bank

Edward Anderson

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Refugee Code Academy

Omron Blauo

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CDEA Tanzania

Grace Matata

COMPANY PORTFOLIO

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CORPORATE EVENTS

CORPORATE EVENTS MANAGEMENT

JULY 2017

GSMA MOBILE 360 AFRICA 2017

Mobile 360 Series – Africa is a three-day conference designed to take you on a comprehensive journey through the mobile landscape of Africa. Leaders, regulators and policy makers from across Sub-Saharan Africa convene to evaluate digital access and inclusion, network coverage and customers’ quality of experience.

Sahara Sparks partnered with GSMA to run the Social Media Campaign to promote the event to the local innovation and technology entrepreneurship ecosystem to get more innovators and startups to apply for the event

MAY 2017

SAHARA SPARKS 2017

Sahara Sparks is the Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event, which promotes Tanzanian technology startups, and early stage companies by providing them with opportunity to be exposed, pitch and exhibit their products and services, to find investors and potential partners. The event will took place on 26-27 May 2017 in Dar es salaam where Sahara Sparks was the main organizer of the event.

AUGUST 2016

AFRILABS ANNUAL GATHERING

The AfriLabs annual gathering is a unique opportunity for AfriLabs members and other stakeholders to convene, learn the latest hub insights, and build partnerships between and with hubs. AfriLabs annual gathering will take place on 25 - 27 Oct 2016 in Accra Ghana. Sahara Sparks is the technical partner, managing the event portal and digital media campaign. Regards

JULY 2016

GSMA MOBILE360 JUMPSTART

GSMA Mobile360 Jumpstart is a unique platform which offers start-ups and entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa the chance to pitch their innovative products and services to industry experts, including mobile network operators and investors during the GSMA Mobile360 events. The 2016 GSMA Mobile 360 events took place in Dar es salaam where Sahara Sparks moderated the sessions in one of the days of the event

JUNE 2016

AFRICA BUSINESS IDEA CUP

The Africa Business Idea Cup is a large-scale contest, spanning five countries, in which the winner will be presented with air tickets to Japan and $5,000 and a business partnership with the cutting-edge Japanese company DMM.com. The ABIC 2016 main event took place in Dar es salaam where Sahara Sparks was the organizer of the event

MAY 2016

SAHARA SPARKS 2016

Sahara Sparks is the Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship event, which promotes Tanzanian technology startups, and early stage companies by providing them with opportunity to be exposed, pitch and exhibit their products and services, to find investors and potential partners. The event took place on 13-14 May 2016 in Dar es salaam where Sahara Sparks is the main organizer of the event.

APRIL 2015

MAVC GLOBAL INNOVATION COMPETITION INFO SESSION

MAVC global innovation competition is a compettion aimed to find bst Tech for Governance ideas emerging accros Africa and Asia. The 2015 MAVC global competition info session event in Tanzania was hosted by Sahara Sparks

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

CORPORATEPROJECT MANAGEMENT

MAR 2017

AMUA Accelerator

AMUA Accelerator is an acceleration program which will be able to foster and mentor innovative ideas that will generate solutions to sexual and reproductive health related challenges. The purpose of this project is to support young entrepreneurs, through mentorship, with seed funding training and skills development to generate innovative solutions in response to challenges related to sexual and reproductive health and other population development issues which affect the majority of young people.

JAN 2017

MAWAZO CHALLENGE 2

Mawazo Challenge 2 is the partenship program between Tanzania Bora Initiative(TBI), Tanzania Medical Students Association(TAMSA) and Sahara Sparks with the aim to empower and provide the platform for the Health and Allied Services Universities Students in Tanzania to be able to establish new businesses and social enterprises, develop new techniques, new models, and new products to tackle challenges facing the health sector, and bring them to market.

DEC 2016

DATA ZETU

Data zetu is a program designed to improve positive experiences with using data to make more informed, evidence-based decisions in local communities in Tanzania. The project is funded by PEPFAR, facilitated by MCC and implemented in partnership with IREX, Sahara Sparks, Tanzania Bora Initiative, Code for Tanzania and Code for Africa.

AUGUST 2016

HATUA PROJECT

Hatua Project is a partnership project between Hivos, Making All voices Count, Sahara Sparks and Buni Hub aimed at supporting the government efforts in taking the most effective steps in the approach to strengthening good governance with the application of technological solutions targeting Tanzanian citizens from diverse communities are more relevant and needed today.

JULY 2016

HIVOS-MAVC C4C PROJECT

Code 4 Citizens (C4C) is an acceleration program aimed at nurturing ideas (projects) related to tech for governance. C4C receives individuals with ideas at an early stage, prototypes or MVP’s that are modelled to use technology as a tool to promote good governance, citizen engagement, transparency and accountability.

MAY 2016

OPENNET AFRICA CIPESA PROJECT

Sahara Sparks was contracted by OpenNet Africa to conduct test select digital safety and security tools to understand what works well and why and what might need change. The tools to be tested included those supported by the Open Technology Fund: Cryptocat. Mailvelope, Martus, TextSecure and Redphone

DEC 2015

WORLD BANK REFABDAR PROJECT

ReFab Dar is a pilot program to explore how plastic waste can power entrepreneurship using 3D printers in Tanzania. ReFab Dar tests the feasibility and scalability of turning plastic waste into filament that can be sold internationally and turned into products for local communities, offering new livelihoods for Tanzanian youth. ReFab Dar will convene unconventional stakeholders to build practical skills on digital fabrication and entrepreneurship in order to better equip tomorrow's young men and women with the resources to thrive in a healthier, greener Dar Es Salaam.

JULY 2015

MAVC ACCELERATION PROGRAM

Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. The programme is managed by a consortium consisting of Hivos (lead agency and in charge of collaborative component), Ushahidi (technology lead and in charge of the Competitive approach) and Institute of Development Studies (in charge of the Research, Evidence and Learning component). It is currently funded by four donors: DfID, Sida, USAID, and Omidyar Network. Buni conducted acceleration programme for the selected ideas by the funders.

JANUARY 2016

FSDT FINDISRUPT

FinDisrupt is an event which is in a form of a hackathon, that brings together product development teams among Financial Service Providers as well as researchers in the financial sector and tech developers in Tanzania all together in one room to discuss and brainstorm on new products in the financial sector by using Data dive. These people work in teams to come up with different products and later on the end users are invited to come and give feedback on whether the products meet their needs.The main reason for this event is to ensure enough supply on demand in the financial sector and the tagline is, “Let’s connect, curate, collaborate and construct”.

MAY 2015

HIVOS-IIED ENERGY SAFARI

Energy Change Lab (a programme of Hivos and IIED) are gathering a mixed group of activists, entrepreneurs, academics and engineers for an Energy Safari in Dar es Salaam. The Safari is an intense 5-day learning experience to explore and experience the main challenges around energy access issues and to work together on new potential solutions.

APRIL 2015

WORLD BANK NEGAWATT CHALLENGE

Negawatt is a global competition empowering communities to innovate around local energy issues. Using a multi-phase open innovation methodology, this initiative aims to transform cities into more sustainable and energy efficient places. Cities all over the world have been selected on the basis of their governments' commitment to energy efficiency and low carbon growth, as well as the existence of dynamic and growing entrepreneurial and technology sectors.

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Organizing Corporate Events

Sahara Sparks Events Ltd organizes corporate events with our flagship event being Sahara Sparks. Sahara Ventures provides competent event management teams to meet clients needs.

We have worked on organizing of the Sahara Sparks event and the Africa Business Idea Cup event.

Workshops and Seminars

Sahara Sparks conducts corporate training and seminars using business development and design tools.The workshops and seminars are aiming at providing the competitive edge to companies and organizations.

We have experince working on CIPESA Social Civic Tech and Hatua Project C4C program

Organizing Corporate Retreats

Sahara Sparks curate, create and deliver turnkey and custom corporate, forum and chapter retreats. The experiences include learning and adventure; business, social and team-building activities; and create lifetime memories. We are your one-stop retreat planning resource.