Pioneering Canada-Africa Startup Innovation: Exploring Pan-African Investment & Collaboration

During Africa Accelerating 2020, one of our most popular sessions feartured investor Zachariah George: 'From Wall Street to the World’s Next Growth Engine: Pan African Investment in Action'. 

Venture capital and private sector investment is growing in Africa - now well into the billions over the past decade. Many success stories are not widely known; even as African innovations are present in some of the technologies we use daily. 

Watch the session which took place on Wednesday 18 November 2020.

Canada offers not only investment capital, but incredible incubator and incorporation opportunities - a gateway to growth in North American and Western markets.


Zachariah George (left) is founder of the Launch Africa Fund. He provided a detailed presentation on his extensive investor experience in Africa showcasing the immense scale of opportunity for Canada.

Professor Chidi Oguamanam (right) of OpenAIR (African Innovation Research) in Ottawa presented the ground-breaking Scaling Innovation report (How Open Collaborative Models Help Scale Africa’s Knowledge-Based Enterprises).

John Thomas at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development's Investment Outreach Unit concluded with special remarks, kicking off the Q&A - covering the opportunities for Canada as both a financier and enabler of growth for Africa's innovative companies.

We were pleased to have welcomed investors, alongside startups currently in (or targeting) Africa's dynamic markets. 

Supported by:
In partnership with the Africa Trade Desk
Gratefully recognizing the participation of:
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