U-Start Africa Conference

Fri Nov 28, 10:00 - Fri Nov 28, 18:00
City Hall

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International U-Start Conference with a focus on entrepreneurial and investment ecosystems in top emergent markets. 
The U-Start Conference Africa hosts an international event along side other emerging countries like Brazil, Turkey and Russia. U-Start pioneers in the emerging market, showcasing high-level innovations from Africa and having real conversations around deal flow, investment locally and internationally.

The U-Start Conference Africa offers a unique experience to investors, entrepreneurs and delegates based on its high international flavor and offering a unique opportunity for the local market to connect with other each other and international investors and thought leaders in the emerging market space.
International investments are made throughout the continent. U-Start aims to harness these opportunities, through increased collaboration and implementable structures.

9:00 – 10:00: Registration and Networking

10:00 – 10:10:
Conference Introduction - Master of Ceremonies Kieno Kammies (Cape Talk)
10:10 – 10:20:
U-Start Introduction - Stefano Guidotti (Global CEO), Zachariah George (COO Africa)
10:20 – 10:25:
Welcome Address - Alan Winde (Minister of Economic Opportunities, Western Cape)
10:25 – 10:50: Speaker - Retail in Africa - An Entrepreneural Journey - Gareth Ackerman (Chairman & Director, Pick n Pay Holdings Ltd)
10:50 – 11:35:
Entrepreneurial Panel – The Makings of a Feasible, Sustainable & Scalable Enterprise11:35 – 12:00: The Tribulations of a Successful Start-up Exit - Hannes Van Rensburg (Founder, Fundamo)
12:00 – 12:45: Legal Panel - Reserve Bank & Exchange Control Considerations; Legalities of IP Protection & Transfer:12:45 – 13:10: The Economics of African Start-ups - Paul Cook (Managing Partner, Silvertree Capital)

13:10 – 13:50: Break for Lunch

13:50 – 14:05: A Word from our Lead Sponsors - Tim Harris (City of Cape Town), Christo Fourie (Head of Venture Capital SBU, Industrial Development Corporation), Arnold Beyleveld (Group Manager: Marketing Operations and CSR, Business Connexion)

14:05 – 14:30: Building Traction that Creates Inbound Interest from Investors - Keet van Zyl (Partner, Co-Founder, Knife Capital)

14:30 – 15:15: Family Office Investing Panel – The Role of Global Family Offices in Venture Capital Investing15:15 – 15:40: CEE: Opportunities for Investors and Entrepreneurs - Viktoriya Tigipko (Managing Director, TA Venture, U-Start Ventures)
15:40 – 16:00: Break for Tea, Coffee & Refreshments
16:00 – 16:45: Investor Panel – Venture Capital Investing in Emerging Markets16:45 – 17:10:
Accelerator Models in Africa - Lessons Learned - Mbwana Alliy (Founder & Managing Partner, The Savannah Fund Nairobi)
17:10 – 17:30:
Closing Remarks - MC Kieno Kammies (Cape Talk), Stefano Guidotti (CEO, U-Start)
17:30 – 19:00: Networking & Cocktails

For more details check out: http://conference.u-start.biz/conferences/africa

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U-Start Africa Conference
City Hall
Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
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