Enterprise Africa Summit
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British Council

Entrepreneurship is emerging as a crucial catalyst in Africa’s development.  African entrepreneurs are evolving; driving innovation and impact, and in the process transforming communities and economies. The African narrative is gradually shifting from aid-led solutions to enterprise-led solutions to developmental problems. Entrepreneurs create innovative enterprises which creates jobs, protect the environment, improve conditions of living and governance, thereby building resilient local economies. 

But the African enterprise landscape is tough, as the World Bank’s Doing Business Index has consistently shown. For enterprises to thrive, and interventions to be effective, they ought to be resilient.     

Can enterprise be an engine of resilience in Africa? How can Africa’s enterprises develop resilient solutions to Africa’s problems? The British Council will use its extensive network to convene a regional summit in March 2017 to dialogue on ‘next generation innovations’ and celebrate efforts in entrepreneurship and resilient development. 

 

The Summit

‘More than a conference: deep on knowledge rich-in-practice’, drawing on international as well as regional players, the three-day event will bring together thought leaders, policy-makers and entrepreneurs to discuss ‘next generation resilience-focused enterprise models’ and share best practices in connecting enterprise to resilient development. The conference will focus on:

• Thought leadership: it will assemble thought leaders and practitioners in industry, policy, academia, development and social enterprise research and governance to explore best business practices and policy options in entrepreneurship and resilience in Africa

• Practical benefits: entrepreneurs will benefit from a rich environment of learning, investor-financier networks, and B2B networking platforms to develop partnerships, build capacity and effectively position for growth 

• Africa focused: A summit by Africa for African entrepreneurs. Events, panellists, participants and outcomes will reflect and meet the needs of African entrepreneurs and policy makers. 

What is unique about the Enterprise Africa Summit?

The summit presents an exciting cocktail of events and sessions deep in knowledge and rich in practice. The activities will include:  

• Policy Forum: It will assemble high level policy makers in the enterprise / private sector across Africa and the UK, to explore policy innovations in promoting entrepreneurship including social entrepreneurship in Africa. This will include financing, regulatory and business development options 

• Education forum: Facilitated by the Coventry University - UK, this forum targets policy makers and leaders in the educational sector to explore best practices in positioning educational institutions as enablers in transformational entrepreneurship in Africa  

• The creative enterprise forum: A concurrent dialogue platform on the potential of fashion/ apparel and music enterprise in Africa. It will highlight best practices in maximizing the potential of the industry in Africa 

• Investor market place:  The conference will host four investor market place sessions with “ready to invest” investors targeting the agriculture, social enterprise, fashion and general entrepreneurship sector. Entrepreneurs will pitch for equity, grants and incubation packages. Interested participants will have to apply ahead of attending the conference to benefit from this pitch opportunity   . 

• Enterprise Clinics workshops: A set of fast-track enterprise clinics, coaching, skill development and networking sessions

• Networking events: Exciting informal engagements to savour the African experience whiles building great business networks and learning new ideas 

• Ecosystem visits: Get a first-hand experience of how some entrepreneurs are leading resilient development by spending time with their teams 

• Exhibition: A platform to share with the African ecosystem your products and services as well as experience the growing number of innovations in the African market. 

Why you should attend

Knowledge: You will benefit from a portfolio of best practices and lessons in policy, research and practice to influence your work in the enterprise space.

Network: Tap into regional and sub-regional ecosystems in the enterprise space and increase reach of your organisation. 

Partnerships: Meet entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem players across markets for eventual scaling of enterprises and policy options.

Advocacy: Join the dialogue with regional economic groups, development partners, and entrepreneurs on entrepreneurship, and resilient development and enhance your relevance in the space. 

Conference Programme

The Enterprise Summit will generate 3 days of dialogue, networking, business pitch, business support, exhibition, clinics and fun. The programme will be available soon. 

Travel to Ghana

Accra – Ghana will be your destination for the Enterprise Africa Summit.  All you need to know about Ghana to make your travel and stay during the summit a success is detailed in the downloadable visitors’ notes below. Ghana is happy to host you. Akwaaba! 

Accommodation

Kindly download below the list of accredited hotels for the Enterprise Africa Summit.

 

Co-conveners, Sponsors and Partners

Co-conveners

  • Association of Ghana Industries
  • Social Enterprise Ghana

Sponsors

  • KPMG
  • KOSMOS Innovation Centre
  • Coventry University
  • Invest in Africa

Partners

  • MBC Africa
  • Prospero
  • Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Multimedia Group
  • Pop Up Africa
  • TEDx Accra
  • InnoHub
  • Reach4Change
  • Servled
  • Impact Hub Accra
  • ANDE
  • Africa Fashion Guide
  • Hatch Africa

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQs)

Q: What does an entrepreneur and non-entrepreneur ticket secure me?

An entrepreneur ticket

•Access to conference grounds and a conference pack.

•Attend entrepreneur master classes on enterprise development

•One-on-one advisory services with specialist. (Business Clinics)

•Opportunity to pitch and win funding from MBC Africa and Prospero

•Lunch for 2 days

•2 coffee breaks for 2 days each

A non-entrepreneur ticket

•Access to conference grounds and a conference pack.

•Attend high level networking policy forums 

•New era intervention dialogue and thought management.

•Lunch for 2 days

•2 coffee breaks each for 2 days

 

Q: What is the exchange rate for payment?   

A: Exchange rate is floating. You will be charged per your country’s currency exchange rate to the USD at the time you are making payment. Kindly check on Google the prevailing exchange rate and make sufficient funds available to purchase your ticket.

 

Q: What does the exhibitor package entail?

An exhibitor at the conference has access to the following:

•A 4 meter square (7 x 7 feet) booth for exhibit your product and services for 2 days at the conference grounds.

•The exhibition booth comes with a table, 2 chairs, facial branding and a socket.

•Extra branding materials allowed.

•Not more than 3 people from each organization exhibiting.

However, exhibition ticket doesn’t give you access to the conference programs, launch and coffee breaks. Should you be an exhibitor and you want to be part of the conference activities, you would need to buy an entrepreneurs ticket in addition.

Q: Are there any limitations to a student ticket holder?

A: Absolutely No. All students who will register for the conference are have the same package as entrepreneurs. But bear in mind, all individuals with student tickets will have to show their student ID as prove to enter the conference grounds. 

 

About the British Council

We have been creating opportunities worldwide for the past 80 years. We are leveraging on our presence in 23 African states, and our 80 years commitment to creating opportunities worldwide , to create a platform for Africa to celebrate and dialogue on next generation modules in connecting enterprise to resilient development. Promoting social enterprise and investment is a key component of our prosperity and development agenda. Since 2009, our Global Social Enterprise programme has trained over 9,000 social entrepreneurs, 90% of whom later established successful social enterprises.

In Sub Saharan Africa, we support efforts to enhance the skills and employability of young people. Since 2013, the British Council has run a series of enterprise challenges across Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan, directly engaging over 15,000 young entrepreneurs 

It has provided over 5,000 young Ghanaians with employability and entrepreneurial skills training, and in 2016 it opened a new Skills Hub and Innovation Centre in Accra, which provides training, business incubation services, and an innovation centre to budding entrepreneurs and social enterprises.