Nigeria, 40 Other African Start-Ups for Lisbon Web Summit



Nigeria, with speakers and Startups is among five African most represented Countries featuring at this year's World's largest technology conference, Web Summit, Lisbon, Portugal  beginning Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. Egypt with 14 Start-Ups lead the top five.

This year's Web Summit will feature  41 startups from 13 African countries. The five most represented countries include Egypt (14), Angola (5), Nigeria (5), Rwanda (3), Kenya (3) and Tunisia (3).

Fintech start-ups have the highest representation of African  startups, followed by eCommerce and Retail, and Enterprise Software Solutions

A  selection of featured speakers from across the continent includes the following:

Tunde Kehinde - Co-founder, Lidya: Debunking the unbanked: Bringing payments to the masses
The concept of unbanked people is commonly referenced, especially within emerging markets. But is it papering over the cracks of a deeper problem? This session will explore how to best provide financial services to people in emerging economies, going beyond mere banking.

Fouzia Adjailia - Roboticist, Department of Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Kosice: Our future doesn't have to be a boring dystopia
If you sometimes feel like we're headed toward a very dull dystopia, you're not alone. In this panel, we'll discuss what the future might look like, without the misery.

Siyabulela Mandela - Lecturer, Nelson Mandela University: The long walk to peace
The path to peace for any society after a period of conflict is fraught with danger. The majority of civil conflicts backslide within ten years of finishing. Shortening the path from conflict to peace is what this panel - including Nelson Mandela's grandson - will explore.

Also featuring at the Summit are  founders and leaders of the world’s highest growth companies. A  selection of the African companies of tomorrow which are predicted to  define the technology of the near future include the following:

Olaedo Osoka - CEO, Daystar Power
Expensive and unreliable power represent a heavy burden for Africa’s businesses, impeding their growth and development. In two years, Daystar Power has built an ecosystem to provide power to over 100 locations in West Africa. CEO of the company, Olaedo, will outline Daystar Power’s growth trajectory in bridging Africa’s power gap with clean and reliable power.

Tosin Eniolorunda - Founder, TeamApt
The founder of financial technology company TeamApt discusses his plans for expansion from Nigeria.

Olugbenga Agboola - Co-founder, Flutterwave Inc
Co-founder of Flutterave, Olugbenga outlines how and why he built his payments service.

There will also be  startup competition at the Web Summit 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, a startup from Angola, Appy has made it to the competition. Appy is building bridges between people and healthcare services. Users can book appointments, order medicines and subscribe to health insurances.

An all-new stage at Web Summit 2019 is Startup Showcase which  is expected to be a quickfire presentations with startups showcasing their solutions to the biggest issues in their fields.

Seven startups from across Africa will be taking the stage this year. Here are a selection of the startups:

Bonako Games - Cape Verde
Bonako Games Arena, the future of African digital games. We are changing the rules of the video games market. Let’s make history together!

Complete Farmer - Ghana
An end-to-end digital agriculture platform that makes it easy for industries to source for food raw materials and for anyone to own a farm.

Botme - Egypt
Botme is a chatbot building platform that helps businesses to turn conversations into sales

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