Africa’s most promising and exciting young entrepreneurs will showcase their latest innovations to the world at an event in London in March, the British Council has announced.
The three day Entrepreneurial Africa: London Showcase event takes place on March 21-23 and it brings together young entrepreneurs from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Sudan who will pitch their business ideas and innovations to established entrepreneurs and enterprises in the UK.
British Council Regional Director for Africa, Mandy Johnson said: “Entrepreneurial Africa: London Showcase provides an opportunity for young African entrepreneurs to connect with people in the London start-up community and find potential partners to help scale up their businesses. We are optimistic this event will open up opportunities for collaboration between these individuals and institutions and ultimately create opportunities for economic growth in their countries.”
“This delegation of young African entrepreneurs represents some of the most exciting start-ups working on the continent today and they are meeting with their counterparts in the UK. By encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting social enterprise, the British Council is providing career opportunities for young people and helping to unleash their potential.”
The innovations on show at the event range from tailor-made solutions for businesses around energy and sustainability to mobile applications that provide farmers with real-time agricultural information and market intelligence that allows them to access finance.
Since 2013, the British Council has run a series of enterprise challenges across Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan. Broadcast on TV and online, these initiatives have directly engaged 12,000 young entrepreneurs and reached a further 20 million young people.