OLU OJO PHILLIPS
From today, the world’s largest technology conference according to the Financial Times will hold in Lisbon. This year the event has seen more participation from the African continent than ever before. From the top speakers to the startups, some of the world’s most highly sought after companies would be in Lisbon. Here’s what they’ll be doing:
Top speakers and talks
Here are a selection of featured speakers from across the continent with information on their speaking slots, stages, topics and other panelists taking part in their discussions.
Tunde Kehinde – Co-founder, Lidya
Debunking the unbanked: Bringing payments to the masses. The concept of unbanked people is commonly referenced, especially within the 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.
Startups by numbers
This year, Web Summit will welcome 41 startups from 13 countries in Africa. The five most represented countries are Egypt 14, Angola 5, Nigeria 5, Rwanda 3, Kenya 3 and Tunisia 3. Fintech startups have the highest representation of African startups. This is followed by eCommerce and Retail, and Enterprise Software Solutions.
Growth Summit brings together the founders and leaders of the world’s highest growth companies. Here is the selection of the African companies of tomorrow, which will define the technology of the near future.
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.
The 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 will discuss his plans for expansion from Nigeria.
Olugbenga Agboola – Co-founder, Flutterwave Inc
Co-founder of Flutterave, Olugbenga will outline how and why he built his payments service.
PITCH is the startup competition at Web Summit that brings together the world’s leading early-stage startups for a live on-stage battle.
Close to 900 applications, 135 have been shortlisted to compete for the winning title. From those selected, Appy, a startup from Angola 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.
Startup Showcase is an all-new stage at Web Summit 2019. You should expect quick-fire presentations with startups that are showcasing their solutions to the biggest issues in their fields.