“Only those with the highest levels of skills will be employed, so it’s critical that we invest in education to prepare the human capital on the African continent come 2050 when a lot of jobs will be lost to Innovation.” H.E Dr. Jakaya Kikwete
Year after year, Sahara Sparks is a sell-out experience story. This event is one of those events that you don’t really need to worry about what will be missing, instead how one can manage all the opportunities created and presented at the event.
H.E Dr. Jakaya M Kikwete in a panel discussion on “AI and eHealth Innovations”
Sahara Sparks event is in fact the biggest event in Africa around innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, giving startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, tech enthusiasts and other innovation stakeholders a platform to be exposed to the emerging markets, discuss issues around their circle, it’s a place to meet potential partners, investors, investees, new friends, your long time role model and more.
For years now Sahara Sparks has brought closer open opportunities to Tanzanian and African startups from cross the globe.
Sahara Sparks 2018 brought over 780 participants from across the globe, 338 startups registered and with the support and presence of investment institutions like ABAN, TAIN, Stratela, VC4A and more, startups got to hear, learn, interact, showcase and pitch before them. This year’s event also hosted Afrilabs Annual Gathering.
With the diverse of workshops, discussions, exhibitions, side events, speakers and topics, Sahara Sparks is a perfect blend in to house innovations, ideas, businesses and growing markets. Including the partners dinner at the Swiss Ambassador’s residence, the B2B dinner for startups and the tour of the Tanzania ecosystem, it was intense unique 3 days experience.
The diversity of speakers, startups, innnovators, investors and overall participant was massive, from over 30 African countries and 100 hubs.
This year the Tanzania former president H.E Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete announced the Malaika Fund, a scaling fund coming up for Tanzania startups, this was quite a Highlight on the Tanzania ecosystem.
Startups that showcased walked away with more than they expected during their exhibition. They received honest feedback from people who came by their booths and tried their products, and the encouragement and validation they received made their experience at Sahara Sparks a very positive one.
10 startups from across Africa got the opportunity to pitch during Sahara Sparks 2018, Zudua (an e-commerce platform) launched a new product Zudua Eve and startups like SomaApps shared their success stories on the Sahara stage.
Also Doctor Elsa (AI powered, smart health assistant) emerged a winner of the Fondation Botnar’s challenge and received their prize, all these were made possible by the sponsors and partners.
Fondation Botnar, Liquid Telecom, Swiss Embassy in Tanzania, World Food Programme (WFP), Facebook and IBM were the main sponsors of this one of a kind experience, all in the mission of building the Africa Innovation Ecosystem.
The topics centered around “Innovation in The Data Age” which was the event’s theme for this year, discussion where about different subjects from AI and e-health to Food security to digital economy to diversity in the tech industry to investment and business growth to block-chain and cryptocurrency. SS18 was it’s own world in those 3 days.
Every year Sahara Sparks brings an exquisite and outstanding group of speakers, leaders and influencers for the event which adds value to the participants, Sahara Sparks 2019 will bring an even bigger opportunity and better experience to everyone.
Sahara Sparks 2018 was graced by H.E Dr. Jakaya M Kikwete- Tanzania Former President, Mr. Tomi Davies- ABAN President, H.E Amb. Arthur Mattli- Swiss Ambassador to East Africa and Zambia, H.E Amb.Einer Jense-Denmark Ambassador to Tanzania, Mrs. Beng’i Issa- Executive Secretary NEEC and Hon. Min. Stella Ikupa Alex.
Sincere gratitude to all the partners, sponsors, the government of Tanzania, developing partners like HDIF, UNFPA and UNWomen, African startups, investors and all innovation ecosystem stakeholders.