Africa Beyond 2020

Sahara Ventures in partnership with MyGrowthFund VCC is organizing Sahara Sparks 2020 putting on a spotlight the paradigm shift Africa is experiencing as the rest of the world from how business is done, to priority sectors in the region to the future of work, workforce and workplace that is brought by unprecedented incidents, shifting in socio-cultural environments, digital adoption and economic transitioning that both private organization, public organizations and individuals are and have faced.

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Africa Beyond 2020 Season

Africa Beyond 2020

Sahara Sparks 2020 is putting on a spotlight the paradigm shift Africa is experiencing as the rest of the world from how business is done, to priority sectors in the region to the future of work, workforce and workplace that is brought by unprecedented incidents, shifting in socio-cultural environments, digital adoption and economic transitioning that both private organization, public organizations and individuals are and have faced.

Gig Economy and The Future of Jobs in Africa

By 2035, Africa will contribute more people to the workforce each year than the rest of the world combined. The content needs to create more than 18 million new jobs each year, Africa's readiness to convert informal markets into formality is critical for its future. The future of work in Africa is no longer whether it will be formal or informal, but how digital platforms and new technologies might make this type of work more productive and of a better quality for workers themselves.

African Business Capitalizing on Platform Economy

In the midst of a massive socio-political, environmental, and cultural shift, Africa has experienced a great tech-shift of all time. Although a lot of SMEs were already using tech platforms to advertise & sell, and a lot of big companies were transitioning into tech adoption, even further the COVID-19 crisis has forced the majority of this community to rely on tech platforms for operations, sustainability, and relevance. Do we see this become the new future of African businesses or is it just a survival.

Adopting Technology For Social Good

Technology has played a crucial role in facilitating growing globalization and digitalization which has impacted hugely social-economic development of African communities. Technology can bring efficiency, address pressing business concerns, and convenience to human society. But also emerging technologies have encouraged information overload, data ownership and privacy have become a greatest concern and there is an increased digital gap. How do we make sure technology adoption is inclusive, systematically supportive and positively impactful.

Maximizing Digital Dividends For All

Digitalization and digital technologies are spreading rapidly, boosting socio-economic growth, expanded opportunities and improved service delivery but the digital gap in Africa is still so massive that limits the impact brought by this growth. According to World Bank, there are three key areas that need specific focus when it comes to digital dividends, which are: a regulatory framework that encourages the market while protecting consumers; technical skills that enable workers, business owners and public sector employees to leverage new technologies; and responsible institutions that use the internet to empower their citizens.

Keynote and Fireside Chat: Africans Investing in Africans

Fireside chat exploring economic, political, and social experiences that hinder investments from pan-African investors, and discussing the ways to stimulate that.

Panel Discussion: Seed Investment

How can we support Impact and Angel Investors in Africa to find good deals in Seed stage investment?

Pitching: Seed Stage Entrepreneurs

The selected emerging entrepreneurs representing a new cohort of investment opportunities coming up across the African continent for the Seed stage investment.

Panel Discussion: Series A Investment

Unicorns looking for Growth equity meet investors with deep pockets.

Pitching: Series A Entrepreneurs

The selected companies representing a new class of investment opportunities coming up across the African continent for the Series A investment.

Ethical Application of Emerging and Future Technology

A session focusing on the ethical considerations when developing Artificial Intelligence & Blockchain related policy and solutions. It is an open discussion on factors that must be focused on when creating solutions using this technology and policies to support its ethical application. How do we ensure we create a safe environment for the adoption of new and emerging technologies in Africa? The event is hosted in partnership with Tanzania AI Lab.

Masterclass | Digital Marketing and Urban Skills

Urban Africa is getting more urbanized than ever before. There have been a lot of discussions around the right kind of skills Africa urban youths need to possess to survive the complex urban environment. Gillsaint Mlaseko has been sharing tips and tricks on digital marketing as a career for youths but also as a platform for small businesses to promote and scale their businesses. Gillsaint is hosting a session to share his experience and how youths can capitalize on digital platforms for gig opportunities

Automating Africa's Conversations

Conversational AI refers to the use of messaging apps, speech-based assistants, and chatbots to automate communication and create personalized customer experiences at scale. This session is about deep diving into the progress and challenges in creating and scaling automated conversational systems for the local people using local languages. Already we are seeing companies adopting chatbots and other technologies to improve consumer experience and studying sentiments. What next? What are local innovators doing around that area? The session is hosted in partnership with Inspire Ideas.

Tanzania Fintech Landscape: The current state, challenges, and opportunities for growth

The session is about sharing the results of the landscape assessment conducted by UNCDF, Sahara Ventures, and ICT Commission with the wider Fintech ecosystem to validate the study findings and identify priority intervention areas that can be supported by UNCDF. The session will also aim to identify opportunities for collaboration among different types of stakeholders in the Fintech/startup ecosystem including regulators, accelerators/incubators, investors, and financial institutions, to provide targeted and tailored support that could drive growth and scale-up of Fintechs in Tanzania beyond 2020.

Remote Working and The Future of Work in Africa

This session is about remote working, freelancing, and the future of work in Africa. 2020 has disrupted how people work globally. People no longer go to the office rather offices are coming to people. The session is reflecting on the future of work in Africa; gig-workers, platform economy, remote working, coworking spaces, freelancing, and open offices. This session is hosted in partnership with Worknasi.

Technology Disrupting Africa’s Agriculture Value Chain

The agriculture sector was one of the most affected sectors in 2020. The agriculture value chain in Africa was massively affected by the COVID19 crisis. Most of the African countries still rely on agriculture as the main economic activity. Can afford to continue to practice the same kind of agriculture that the continent has been practicing in the past 50 years? What next for the sector? What role can technology play to ensure effective resilience and recovery of the sector?

Future of Business | Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa

The business world is changing and there is definitely a shift going on the Innovation and technology are playing a great role in changing and defining the future of business, these changes drive how we run business and the workplace. So what will the future hold? What types of changes are we seeing? Let’s dive into it to help you plan for the future of business in Africa.

Our Previous Speakers

Hon. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

Former President, Tanzania

Hon. Prof. Joyce Ndalichako

Min. of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training

Hon. Amb. Arthur Mattli

Switzerland, Embassy

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Al Dua Tower. Wing A, 6th Floor Opp Vodacom PLC, New Bagamoyo Road, Dar es salaam, Tanzania