Lunches
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Saturday
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12:25 pm
Batten Hives 306

Thematic Lunch: Investing in Africa

Connect with folks that are interested in and/or investing in Africa.

Thematic Lunch: Investing in Africa

Connect with folks that are interested in and/or investing in Africa.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 12:25 PM
Batten Hives 306

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Specials
Saturday
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11:25 am
Batten Hives 301
To Move or Not to Move by Movemeback
Practical insights to help you make the decision on whether to move back to Africa
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To Move or Not to Move by Movemeback

Africa’s in-vogue right now, right? So why are so many people leaving? Are people actually moving back? Isn’t the party over? Join Movemeback for the “To move or not to move” workshop as they share everything you need to know about the realities of “moving back”.With a community approaching 100,000 in 170 countries and activities across almost all African countries the Movemeback Team will bring together a decade of learnings and real perspectives from real people. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur, business executive, investor or homemaker, you’ll hear from those who have made the move and made it work; others who have gone and returned and those who have found a way to do it all from afar. The team will also share deep insights, case studies and frameworks for success, and provide you with a platform to ask anything you’ve ever wanted to about engaging with the Continent. Movemeback is a platform, a community, a culture, and a movement launched almost ten years ago, with a mission to enable the brightest and most resourceful minds across theworld to fulfil their purpose and work on building the future in Africa, without forgoing theirpersonal aspirations and dreams. In spite of a few bumpy years, the movement is still alive,the opportunity greater and more touchable than ever and yet there is plenty still to be done,including many first remaining to be written.China can see it, Russia can see it, as can Europe and the Middle East; even ChatGPT isbriefed - but how about you? Join us to learn, contribute and start a journey of figuring out orrefreshing your own place in the movement.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 11:25 AM
Batten Hives 301
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Breakout 1
Saturday
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10:15 am
Aldrich 111
Iterating Traditional PE for Africa
Lessons from African iterations to traditional PE
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Iterating Traditional PE for Africa

There have been several iterations of how to adapt the traditional PE fund for Africa's unique challenges. These include permanent capital vehicles, de novo funds and sovereign wealth funds. Are these iterations performing any better? What are the lessons for traditional PE from these experiments? What other iterations are LPs like DFIs willing to invest in next?

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 10:15 AM
Aldrich 111
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Keynotes
Saturday
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9:05 am
Klarman Hall
Building Africa’s Digital Infrastructure to Spur the Next Decade of Innovation
Bridging Africa's digital divide and navigating its impact on African innovation
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Building Africa’s Digital Infrastructure to Spur the Next Decade of Innovation

Africa is in the midst of a digital revolution: approximately 473 million Africans are online, and an additional 300 million will likely join them by 2025. Average download speeds in Africa doubled between 2015 and 2019, while data costs halved. Underpinning this growth is the installation of digital infrastructure (fiber optics, data centers, and more) -  Africa has witnessed notable strides in digital infrastructure development, with increased investments in 4G and 5G technology. In an era where digital connectivity has become the linchpin of economic progress, what will it take for Africa to compete in the global digital economy? 

In this keynote panel, we will hear from the folks building that infrastructure and deploying. The session will share insights into bridging Africa's digital divide, navigating the impact of these technological advancements on the continent's innovation landscape, as well as delve into discussions on financing structures, inclusivity in access, digital economic transformation, and the pivotal role of government policies.

America/New_York
Feb 17, 2024 9:05 AM
Klarman Hall