By Sam Ancer
Last week Cape Town was host to the 8th Africa Fintech Summit. Business leaders, startup founders, venture capitalists, angel investors, and many other key elements in the fintech landscape flocked to the Cape Town International Convention Centre on the 2nd of November to the 4th.
Fintech makes up around 30% of the startup space in South Africa so by extension the Africa Fintech Summit is one of the most important events in the startup space.
Founded in 2017 by Zekarias Amsalu and Leland C. Rice. The goal behind the summit is to help Africa become the leader in fintech that it always should be.
The inaugural Africa Fintech Summit happened in 2018 in Accra, Ghana with some of the most important African fintech companies of the time, and now, attending. The first event was a significant success and paved the way for future events across Africa and in the United States.
“We believe that the continent is uniquely positioned to be a leader in fintech, that this space provides unprecedented business opportunities, and that African fintech can transform individual lives and national economies through financial inclusion and sustainable economic growth. Our vision is to be a catalyst for this potential by enabling investments, informing smarter regulations, and fostering greater collaboration across diverse sectors and geographies.”Africa Fintech Summit Mission Statement
Africa Fintech Summit 2022
The event started with a VIP Dinner where high profile delegates had an opportunity to mingle and network.
The following day the summit began with a registration followed by a Keynote address from the following individuals:
- Co-Founder of the Fintech Association of South Africa Andres Perez.
- Founder and Managing Director of Ibex Frontier Zekarias Amsalu.
- Radio Host, Author, and Founder of TNC Wealth Partners Samke Mhlongo.
As well as:
- South African Reserve Bank Divisional Head Lyle Horsley.
The summit hosted a number of panels, workshops, and networking events.
Notable panels included:
- Strong EcoSystems: The Bedrock of Flourishing Fintech.
- Payment Innovation from Now until Tomorrow.
- Tech Talent Empowering Fintech.
Notable workshops included:
- The Future of Ecommerce in Africa.
- Media Storytelling for Founders.
The event was sponsored and attended by some of the biggest names in the African fintech space, like payment infrastructure startup Flutterwave.
Another exciting element of the Africa Fintech Summit was the Alpha Expo Cohort Pitch Competition.
14 startups were selected to have their representatives compete against each other with pitches and demos for their products to a variety of investors and a chance to be selected for an accelerator programme.
Some of the most important emerging groups in the Fintech space took part in the competition, including:
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In terms of meeting its mission statement, the Africa Fintech Summit can be seen as an unmitigated success. They have created a space that allows Africa to assume a position where it can become a leader in the fintech space. By connecting, educating, and motivating important players within the African fintech space, they will be able to boost economies within the continent and create healthy growth that will benefit thousands if not millions of lives.