Business confidence is returning to Africa. Impressive entrepreneurs have sprung up across the continent, changing reality on the ground. Forward-thinking policy-makers are implementing solutions to problems that have hindered progress for decades. Both business and government leaders are leveraging digital technologies and working across borders to achieve connectivity and scale. With the right support, Africa has the potential to open a new era of growth and prosperity.
GBF Africa 2019 explores what it will take to make that happen, building on its legacy as the pivotal destination for business, finance and government leaders to identify opportunities and nurture links between Africa and Dubai. At this year’s Forum, we focus on forging the connections that will enable scale up, and explore how our two regions can work together to build powerful and creative partnerships among aspiring young entrepreneurs, established businesses and governments.
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Scaling Start-ups Ecosystem looks at the eco-system of incubators, accelerators, mentors and funds aiming to turn young start-ups into thriving multinational businesses – mostly through the lens of the GBF Mentorship Programme. In a series of interactive sessions, we explore what kind of ecosystems help entrepreneurs to grow best, discuss the potential of mentorship, ask how governments can encourage start-ups without breeding dependence, and delve deeper into the opportunities and risks of digital platforms that bring entrepreneurs, investors and corporates together.
Game Changer Game Changer focuses on innovative and scalable approaches to Africa’s big challenges, looking at the levers and partnerships that accelerate progress, and ways to address the barriers that prevent it. We explore the challenges for young entrepreneurs in rethinking difficult sectors, from agriculture to energy, and how they are partnering to gain global scale and greater traction.