Microsoft, under the VC4Afrika Initiative, has confirmed its support for the upcoming DEMO Africa event slated to hold this month in Lagos.
The capacity building event will be co-hosted by DEMO Africa, the Nigerian Ministry of Communication Technology and the National Information Technology Agency-Nigeria, in collaboration with LIONS@FRICA and VC4Africa.
“By supporting the growth of startups with disruptive innovations that solve major challenges in Africa today, we are laying the foundation for the creation of globally competitiveness businesses. It opens up the opportunity to partner with various stakeholders across sectors, and at Microsoft we believe in joining forces to create a bigger and more sustainable impact.” Amrote Abdella, Director of Startup Engagement and Partnerships, Africa Initiatives at Microsoft said.
Top industry players such as Fola Adeola-the Founder and Chairman of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Jorn Lyseggen-MEST Founder, Harry Tomi Davies-ABAN President, Folabi Esan-Partner, Adlevo Capital, Jason Njoku-IROKO TV CEO have confirmed their intention to participate.
The week-long event is to be hosted at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos Nigeria, with over 500 guests including investors, IT buyers, IT consumers and media expected in attendance.
This year, DEMO Africa will introduce knowledge streams to delve into critical topics including Business Modelling, Scaling Businesses, Creating an Unfair Advantage, and Raising Capital.
Other notable activities at the 2015 DEMO Africa event include an investor roundtable forum and the LIONS@FRICA Summit, with the uptake of Africa-generated technology being expected to dominate the conversations.
This is the fourth time that Microsoft has pledged support to the pan-African event, which provides a platform for start-ups to showcase their solutions and engage investors.