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Tech4Africa is the largest tech innovation, startup and entrepreneur platform in Africa. 12 tracks, 4 event days including a Hackathon and a Startup Day, with over 55 excellent speakers and just 600 available seats.

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Wednesday, October 7
 

9:30am

Keynote - From Technology to Socks. What it's like to sell a mobile startup and then build an ecommerce company.
From Technology to Socks. What it's like to sell a mobile startup and then build an ecommerce company.
Startups are intense rides that often end in failure. I'll talk through the intense ups and downs of building and selling Motribe to Mxit and then moving to a men's fashion ecommerce startup selling socks.

Speakers
avatar for Nic Haralambous

Nic Haralambous

Founder, Nic Harry
Nicholas Haralambous is the founder of the online style company, NicHarry.com. Nic was the CEO and co-founder of Motribe, the mobile community platform, before the company was successfully acquired by Mxit in October, 2012. He also founded ForeFront Africa consulting firm before... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 9:30am - 10:20am
Keynotes/Social/Misc Track

10:40am

The Tech startup scene in South Africa
An overview of the technology startup and innovation scene in South Africa. What the market drivers are, who is doing what and where to find support. Keith Jones is the coFounder of Sw7, the largest tech accelerator in Africa. They work with over 150 early and late stage tech businesses, are the only Microsoft Bizspark plus partners in Africa and run the first full tech accelerator inside a large blue chip, for Standard Bank. The session covers the learnings and experiences in the sector and where business go for what support, funding and access to market

Speakers
avatar for Keith Jones

Keith Jones

CoFounder, Sw7
We are the largest tech accelerator in Africa with more support, more mentors and more alumni than any other programme in Africa. We have the pain!!! We are a startup ourselves in an emerging sector. keith had i his own tech business for 11 years and listed in London in 2009, did... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Startup Track

11:30am

Launched a global tech business without external funding - here's how I did it.
Launched a global tech business without external funding - here's how I did it.
The skills, markets and technology African entrepreneurs need to build great global businesses are rapidly converging - Johan Botes talks about how to seize the opportunity and see the gap.

Speakers
avatar for Johan Botes

Johan Botes

Group CEO, Consilia
Johan is qualified to give this speech due to the fact that he has at least 25 years of experience as a chartered accountant, which gives him an excellent base to work from as well as the needed skills and knowledge on how to be a successful entrepreneur. Combined with his skills... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Startup Track

2:00pm

Idea, to Innovation, to Investment: challenges and insights for international, African growth
Born in a garage in Cape Town, WhereIsMyTransport has just completed a major move abroad and closed an international round of funding. CEO and Co-founder Devin de Vries shares some of the insights, challenges, and lessons learned from taking an honours project dream to an international reality, especially the additional considerations, advantages, and disadvantages faced by entrepreneurs based in Africa. Come learn how we are redefining public transport in Africa and abroad, and use our insights to take your own idea to the next level.

Speakers
avatar for Devin de Vries

Devin de Vries

Co-Founder, WhereIsMyTransport
WhereIsMyTransport builds integrated platform-based solutions to public transport systems in emerging cities. Talk to me about Smart Cities, Big Data, transport and infrastructure, technologies for extensible, sustainable urban development, and entrepreneurship and innovation.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Startup Track

2:50pm

Techstars is launching in Africa!!! And it's about time.

Techstars is a world leading accelerator of technology start-ups.  At its essence, Techstars is a network -- of programs that span 12 cities, 600 companies, thousands of mentors, and a host of corporate partners.  We are coming to Tech4Africa to talk about our plans for the continent as Africa is becoming key to our growing network.  The session will cover the history of Techstars and more specifically the most important themes we see coming out of Africa and how it is that we help build the virtuous cycle of successful start-ups and ecosystems.  We will also be covering an important announcement that will be coming just days before the conference.


Speakers
avatar for Greg Rogers

Greg Rogers

Executive Director, Techstars
I manage the FinTech vertical for Techstars in close partnership with Barclays Bank. Please come talk to me about our global FinTech programs and Techstars generally.


Wednesday October 7, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Startup Track

3:40pm

International Diversification of a Web Service Business
Business success comes with focus. But there is a multitude of reasons why your company may want to diversify its service offering or client base: Securing your business, providing a more comprehensive service to your clients, providing your team with new challenges, or maybe just for your own ego.

Speakers
avatar for Dania Gerhardt

Dania Gerhardt

CEO Cape Town, Amazee Labs
I'm a founder of the Amazee Group based in Zurich, Switzerland.Amazee was founded in Zurich in 2007 as a social web platform and successfully repositioned itself as Amazee Labs, a web service company in 2010. In 2013 the Amazee Group founded a spin-off, Amazee Metrics. In 2014, after... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Startup Track
 
Thursday, October 8
 

10:40am

The story of raising VC funding, selling to Naspers, completing a Management Buyout & finally Exiting - 1 company in 3 years and 10 months
The story of raising VC funding, selling to Naspers, completing a Management Buyout & finally Exiting - 1 company in 3 years and 10 months

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Gruber

Sylvia Gruber

Managing Director, S&L Solutions
I am managing partner of S&L Solutions, a strategic marketing company providing outsourced end-to-end marketing management for small and medium size organisations. I am the Co-Founder of rubybox.co.za; created in September 2011, it has become SA's largest online beauty community focussing... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 10:40am - 11:10am
Startup Track

11:30am

The 2015 Ventureburn Startup Survey: the true shape of SA's startup space revealed
The Ventureburn Startup Survey, in partnership with First National Bank (FNB), investment advisory firm Clifftop Colony and analytics company Qurio, polled just under 200 tech startups which with the aim of uncovering the “true picture of the South African startup landscape”. Each of the startups were asked 38 questions that covered (among other things) funding, the profile of their founders, revenues and everyday challenges.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas

Senior Reporter, Memeburn
I've spent the last four years writing about the South African technology and startup space.


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:30am - 12:00pm
Startup Track

2:00pm

Starting, scaling and exiting a Tech Startup
Starting, scaling and exiting a Tech Startup
Mike started Fuseware in 2010, a startup focusing on social media analytics and research. Mike scaled the business, tech and brand into an authoritative market player, and sucessfully exited the business to Ornico Group in 2015. Mike shares his story and insights into how to successfully scale and exit a B2B tech startup in SA.

Speakers

Thursday October 8, 2015 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Startup Track

2:50pm

Partnerships between entrepreneurs and established companies
One of the biggest challenges facing startups today is connecting with a mass customer base. Big corporates see the opportunity to utilize the speed and capabilities of digital startups, to solve some of their biggest problems. Combining the two capabilities creates a capability to distribute real solutions on a mass scale. This partnership approach is becoming more common place for entrepreneurs and corporates. The Barclays Seeker Fund does exactly this, offers digitally disruptive companies an opportunity for investment as well as connection to the entire Barclays ecosystem

Speakers
avatar for Warren Squires

Warren Squires

CIO: Barclays Seeker Fund, Barlcays
Warren has recently taken the role of Chief Investment Officer of the Barclays Seeker Fund. A fund set-up by Barclays Africa to invest in Digital disruption across the megatrends including the FinTech, HealthTech, AgriTech and EduTech sectors just to name a few. The Seeker Fund aims... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 2:50pm - 3:20pm
Startup Track

3:40pm

How a girl from Soweto bridges the gap between offline and online
I'd like to share my story from being just another girl in Soweto, to building a career, to becoming a entrepreneur. And how tech helped me make all of that work.

Speakers
avatar for Phumelele Bezu

Phumelele Bezu

Co-Founder / Retailer Extraodinaire, Hair On Fleek


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Startup Track

3:40pm

Survival - The art of being a successful failure
Lessons learnt from 2 businesses, 1 exit and almost going bust

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Jeffery

Nathan Jeffery

Founder and CEO, MyEcommerce
I started working when I was 12 and haven’t stopped. I’ve done everything from deliver newspapers and sell sweets at school while also working as a clown at the Spur through to working as a DJ in night clubs and working in a hair salon. I currently wear a few hats, I run MyEcommerce... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 3:40pm - 4:10pm
Technologist Track