January 29th to February 1st, 2018, in Nairobi
Learning from digital Africa
To most of Europe, Africa still means crises, catastrophes and wars, so we have not recognized that Africa’s businesses are booming. Our Learning Journey to Silicon Savannah will change that.
Too few of us are aware of the high economic growth rates of African countries and their pioneering solutions. Africa is the first “mobile-only” continent. 60 % of its 1.2 billion population are owning a mobile phone which gives them access to their bank accounts, acts as a credit card, provides them with medical advice, gives them market information and a platform to sell what they produce – generally it is a tool to earn a living.
African countries have simply by-passed the stage of fixed-line telecommunication, a banking system with only physical outlets and access to the internet only via desktop computers in their economic development. Can you imagine the ingenuity and power of innovation that has been released without Basel III und Solvency II restrictions?
Our program has been set-up in collaboration with Strathmore Business School and LivingLab, a new-generation African think-tank. We show you what one of digital Africa’s hotspots has to offer. We will visit companies such as M-Pesa and hotspot-institutions as iHub or Gearbox. And we will meet local CEOs and other important decision makers. Additionally, we have also arranged visits to important spots of the city and a safari in Nairobi National Park.
Monday, January 29, 2018
Theme of the day: APPROACHING
Start of program at 10.00am
Field visit to successfull Start-up in the energy sector
Reception, hosted by Austrian Embassy in Nairobi
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Theme of the day: DIGITAL AFRICA
Visit of Nairobi’s first open-access makers space for prototyping and design
Field Visits to successful enterprise in off-grid solar systems
Visit to Nairobi first co-working space and affiliated companies
“Digital transformation in Africa”, lecture by Bitange Ndemo, former member of Government and important “enabler” of Kenya’s digital revolution
Growing Nairobi: Malls in the City
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Theme of the day: URBAN AFRICA
Introductory lecture: “Trajectory of the middle class”
Visit of an accelerator and affiliated start-ups
“21st century entrepreneurship: a huge demand meets a networked society”
Nairobi National Park Game Drive
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Theme of the day: CO-CREATION
Briefing by Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK)
Lectures and talks with “Digital Medical Information research project” and start-ups in health sector
Talk and discussion: “China in Africa”
Field visit to Eastleigh, “Little Mogadishu in Nairobi”
Synthesis: “Business with the poor, for the poor and Co-Creation”
End of program
Who should join us on the Learning Journey?
1. CEOs, CIOs.
2. Business angels und incubators.
3. Decision makers in the fields of politics, business, technology, development cooperation and migration.
What will you get from it?
You will have got …
… a new perspective of digital Africa,
… insights into the techno-economic environment of Kenya and Eastern Africa,
… an awareness of how the digital revolution can meet the needs of people,
… ideas on how to access new markets,
… a sense of what the next global “big thing” could be,
… an understanding of smart approaches to African-European relations.
When and how much?
Individual arrival on Sunday, January 28th, 2017
The program starts on Monday, January 29th, at 10am and ends on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, in Nairobi, at 6pm.
Program fee is EUR 2.900,– plus 20% VAT
The fee includes a program of lectures, company and field visits, a 5-night stay in a 4-star hotel in Nairobi, a city tour and a night game safari. Travel to and from Nairobi is not included.
Who are the organizers?
Hans Stoisser (author of “The Black Tiger – what we can learn from Africa“) and Karin Krobath have joined forces to create this program. They have two things in common: They are both management consultants and both are passionate about African countries. Hans brings his expertise as a Malik-Associate and extensive experience in African countries. Karin brings her passion for brand positioning, innovation culture and empowerment together with honorary board functions for Light for the World.
ECOTEC makes collaboration in Emerging Countries work.
We bring together many years of working experiences with companies and organizations at the interface with emerging countries, top management expertise and partnerships with leading European management institutions.
The Living Lab at the University of Nairobi is a co-creative space for researchers and experts who have a common interest in sustainable urban change.
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