Tunisia to host 2nd edition of Afric’Up, September 24-25
10/09/2019 13:56, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – Tunisia will play host to the 2nd edition of “Afric’Up,” on September 24-25, under the keynote: “Smart Cities and Open Innovation in Africa, what Opportunities for Startups?.”

“The event which will bring together about 1,200 persons, including 500 African startups, will be marked by the participation of a dozen Tunisian and African ministers, young talents representing thirty African countries as well as African, European and American funders and investors,” CEO of TPM Group and organiser of the event Skander Haddar said at a press conference held on Tuesday in Tunis.

“The Africa Startup Summit, aimed to boost a culture of innovation and shared growth, will include conferences and workshops to be hosted by over 150 well-known speakers and investors, an exhibition space as well as numerous competitions including hackathons, the contest for the best e-commerce mobile application and for the first time in the Continent a Makeathon that will offer the opportunity to 120 Tunisian, African and German students to create prototypes of new apps,” he added.

Taking the floor, Afric’Up Ambassador Mohamed Dalla indicated that “this summit testifies to an alliance of 27 countries, whose final aim is to create a single African digital market whose cost is estimated today at $300 billion.”

“The philosophy, according to Dalla, is "to create an African market dedicated to the digital with 4 pillars (infrastructure, digitisation of the government, improvement of youths’ training and innovation), where each African country will focus on a specific aspect.”

“Tunisia has been invited to position itself as the incubator of the African startuppers' eco-system. The final goal is to hihglight the talents of young Africans and ensure the emergence of future champions, such as Google, in the African contitnent, while facilitating the startuppers’ access to the necessary funding through the support of their countries and international partners.”

In this regard, Head of Projects at the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ) Tobias Seiberlich affirmed that the Make-IT in Africa project launched by GIZ in 2016 between European countries and 5 African countries (Tunisia, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Rwanda) has partnered with this event.

The goal is to help the Black Continent make the most of its huge creative and innovative potential and to partner the promising African startups with the major international groupings.

This network is founded on four main axes, namely the improvement of the startups’ access to funding, the guarantee of a better access to markets, the development of competences and coordination with the private sector, he pointed out.

“During the 2017-2018 period, our network provided support to 148 young digital entrepreneurs in 20 African countries, thus helping create 1,500 direct jobs,” he indicated.

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