With the ratification of the ACFTA by several countries, African governments have set a course for sustainable and profitable inter-African trade. How can governments ensure that this new effort on behalf of continent integration takes into consideration the needs of startups and smaller companies?
They’ve existed in the science fiction realm for decades but they’re about to take off (vertically), for real. Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft are promising to fly anywhere, anytime, with zero emissions. Is this the best news since Doc and Marty crashed their DeLorean?
The company’s founder secured funding, hired a coworker or three, and now the startup is a scaleup. Can the founder be trained for CEO duty? What responsibilities (and pitfalls) come with this new role? Would someone else be more suited to the job?
While foreign investors often struggle to bring solutions tailored to local entrepreneurial demand, local funds and local investors are driving innovation on the continent. Local investors and partners discuss their experience investing in African startups and helping to attract local investors.
Every company is on the lookout for strategies to bring growth over the long term in a more sustainable way. Sooner or later they’re likely to rely on various partners, from big corporates to startups. What are the key benefits these different partners can provide depending on their DNA?
As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, the era of NewSpace is upon us. What to expect in terms of innovations? How is the market building itself and in which direction? Can this race above our heads help solve our most pressing issues here on Earth?
For your C2C community to grow and have value, you’ll need to know what people want.
A representative from Facebook Africa will interact with the Lab’s and other African startups to go over their questions on using Facebook to develop their business activities.
We’re all familiar with successful startups exiting to multinational companies. We don’t often hear about startups acquiring other startups, but that’s what happened when Brazil’s Yellow merged with Mexico’s Grin to become Grow Mobility, Latin America’s micromobility leader.
This panel will explore space travel and exploration. How does one travel to a destination where help from planet Earth could take months to arrive? What are the technical developments needed: fuel, water, 3D printing? What is the role of academics, governmental agencies, and startups in the bid to go further than ever before?
One of Africa’s major assets is the people who live and work in African countries. How can African and international businesses’ use data to gain more insight into what their customers want; to improve their clients’ experiences; and to overcome obstacles that hinder the gathering of such information?
Electrification, autonomous driving, digital mobility: Valeo is at the heart of these three revolutions shaping the future of mobility.
Artificial Intelligence, machine learning – these are tools helping the modern CMO personalize consumer experiences, interact with customers, boost engagement and retention rates. But where is this all heading? Is marketing becoming less human? Will there come a day when AI is calling all the shots?
With Europe’s attempt to forge a new economic partnership with Africa, there is a need to consider a framework in which startups on both sides will benefit. Entrepreneurs and government representatives consider challenges that persist in creating more opportunities for innovation and exchange.
What does it actually take to create a world-class innovation ecosystem? From long-term public-private partnerships to a strong startup community, this session will explore insights from a decade of experience building and transforming local innovation economies.
With the miniaturization of satellites and launchers and increasing corporate interest (e.g., PPPs between national space agencies and private enterprises), prices have dropped and access to space is no longer limited to a lucky, wealthy few. We’ll look at the flourishing low-earth orbit economy and hear from some entrepreneurs who joined the fray and created their own low-earth orbit project.
Companies need to evolve within a new ecosystem where everything is connected, and where each interaction creates new data to store, process and/or protect. How can collaborating with start-ups deliver business differentiation and growth in this complex and data-driven environment?
This discussion will expose the rationale for international financial institutions (IFI) to commit to entrepreneurship ecosystem building in Africa, taking into account the singularities and the needs of each of it’s regions.
Some startups set their sights on profitability straight away. Some invest massively to boost valuation. Some are in it for the long haul and concentrate on keeping the business going. Can adopting these three approaches put your startup on the path to prosperity?
While African startups are estimated to have raised USD 1 billion in 2018, the funding is not distributed equitably across the continent. Access to funding opportunities remains limited, and investors often fail to look beyond their preconceived notions when assessing the financial viability of African startups.
As more patients take charge of their own health, and as health insurers and governments seek more efficient ways to control rising costs and help patients manage chronic conditions, the era of technology-enabled virtual healthcare has finally arrived.
Quantum computing is advancing faster than ever before, but who will be able to use these machines? We break down why quantum computing needs accessibility and collaboration and what we can do to advance quantum computing and one day, achieve quantum supremacy.
While the narrative around Africa’s future may aim to motivate entrepreneurs confronted to existing challenges, it does not allow much room for discussion of the failures that can result from the complexity of African markets. Entrepreneurs share their experiences of endurance in the face of adversity.
An awesome user experience is key if your new company wants to attract and retain customers. How to ensure that your brand design is unique and poised for success? How can UX designers leverage their talents to ensure growth?
Tech’s potential must be tapped to tackle global challenges. Our panelists work on developing innovative solutions with strong positive impact in France’sRégion Sud, Europe’s first “smart region” and an environmental leader thanks to its climate plan.
It took us decades to translate Quantum Mechanics into a Quantum Computer. And if we’re not there yet, QC is already showing how it can solve real world problems through its various applications for businesses and researches. From finance, to transportation, supply chain or data efficiency, QC also promises to give a boost to machine learning optimization, cybersecurity and cryptography, and healthcare treatments to cure the incurable.
While the tech sector is still struggling to diversify, an increasing number of highly talented women are coming into the tech and investment industry.
New technologies are helping the fintech sector drive financial inclusion and empowerment on the African continent . By 2022 the sector’s contribution to Africa’s GDP is set to increase by up to USD 150 million, sparking conversations about the role payment innovation can play in Africa’s development and about how the sector will evolve.
As the Japanese economy reemerges a look at how innovation in commerce and customer experience are reshaping luxury.
“Smart” devices often contain severe vulnerabilities putting our privacy, cybersecurity, and physical security at risk. Garry Kasparov and Vince Steckler show, in a live demo, how cybercriminals scan for potential targets and outline some ways we can protect ourselves.
An inspiring African tech leader shareshow social impact has come to be at the centre of his way of doing business and how it manifests itself in the strategy for his latest product that is set to revolutionize the ICT sector on the African continent.
People living in cities dream of a smart city with clean, safe and diverse modes of transport. A city that’s more connected, greener and human, offering new services to make their lives easier.
While Europe is catching up, the US and China are still ahead of us with a number of tech giants that have enormous impact in multiple sectors worldwide. What do we need to do as a continent, with the help of enlightened politicians and fair regulators, to advance in the race?
Around the world, Impact Tech innovators are developing technologies and systems to create a New Carbon Economy — a prosperous economy which captures more carbon than it emits, to reverse climate change while ensuring that people and nature thrive. This speech will feature findings from Good Tech Lab’s new report.
VCs / CVCs can bring (much) more to the table than funding for your startup: they can help with networking and mentoring, with raising your company profile, with recruiting and staffing...
Data can be a powerful driver in solving environmental and social issues. Cloud computing can enable researchers to accelerate their work and bring them closer to the answers, from combatting homelessness to researching ways to fight cancer or achieving sustainable development in low-income countries.
Startups have mobilized to present policy recommendations to European parliamentary candidates and enlist their support for startup-friendly legislation. Can Europe create the political environment necessary to become a global tech leader and level the playing field with the US and China?
With digital activity expected to grow at an even faster pace in the coming decades, it is important to look at ways to limit the resulting footprint and move to sober digital practices. Are we up to the collective challenge of becoming digitally lean?
Everyone and their sister has a billion-dollar idea. What is the trick to discerning the investment that will earn rather than lose those billion dollars? What are the tools of the VC trade? What kind of diligence is due?
Sweden aims to become the first fossil-free state by 2045. It has introduced innovative market-based policy instruments to promote efficient, renewable energy - however, this alone will not be enough. Collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship are crucial in finding new solutions to tackle the challenge.
A fast- paced discussion about attracting and developing the best tech talent and about the importance of female role models in STEM.
Our future tech champions: corporations who successfully transformed, taking digital progress in their stride and using it to their advantage, or startups who successfully scaled up? What is the impact of open innovation on scaling up in the European market and beyond?
While 80% of VC-backed startups fail while a large majority of returns are driven by a few outliers, there is little coverage over how investors deal with those cases. From writing -off an investment to writing another bridge investment check, how do VCs support failing companies? How do partners deal with entrepreneurs when they realize they bet on the wrong company?
Can the world run on renewable energy sources alone? Yes, it could, but it won’t be easy to get there. A discussion of the deployment, financing and storage capacity of renewables, as well as some solutions for speeding up their viability over fossil and nuclear energy sources.
Marine insurance has remained rooted in its 17th-century origins. Disruption has come in the form of the world’s first blockchain platform, a joint venture between EY and Guardtime, to connect the multiple players in the value chain.
Privately held, venture-backed, billion-dollar companies are rare animals that require special care and feeding – that’s why they’re called ’unicorns. How are they made? How to give them the right start in life? How to make them thrive?
Looking at the hard facts of scaling up across the EU’s 28 member states with their different cultures, consumer habits, languages, regulations, etc. How can startups succeed in the so-called European “single market”? What can member states and the EU do to further support scale-ups? What do they need to withstand competition from the US and China?
As we try to slow our carbon emissions, we also need to get carbon out of the air. A new industry is springing up to meet the challenge, but can it scale fast enough? This type of technology has never been proven at a large scale. Is it really safe for the environment?
When people are asked about cities of the future, the first word that comes to mind is often"technocentric". But there’s a growing movement to make cities more accessible to their residents. Welcome to the Open Metropolis.
You convinced a few people to invest in your startup, that was your seed money. At some point you may find yourself talking to VCs about early-stage investment, a Series A cash infusion to grow your business. What kind of profitability will you need to attract Series B financing?
Artificial Intelligence has been touted for its potential to solve humanity’s biggest challenges, while it is currently used to improve a company’s bottom line. Does the European approach to AI differ from what can be found in Asia or the US? Does Europe have a more ethical AI model to offer?
Listen to a few humans working to save plant and animal life: Topher White uses recycled smartphones to monitor the Amazon rainforest. Christine Spiten built a drone to monitor the ocean. Susan Graham works with drones that release seeds to restore natural ecosystems.
Technology has advanced as an industry but still does not represent women in a way that mirrors the rest of society. Looking at some initiatives to help promote women’s careers and leadership.
Intuition? Good old experience? How does Pär-Jörgen Pärson, a partner at European venture firm Northzone and Spotify’s first outside investor, pick a winner? A frank discussion with star podcaster Harry Stebbings, founder of The Twenty Minute VC.
The harmful impact of plastics on natural systems is increasingly being understood and documented by scientists. What is preventing us from massively engaging in the end of plastic? How can tech address this environmental catastrophe?
On the one-year anniversary of GDPR privacy legislation, what are the lessons and takeaways? Is the EU’s regulatory muscle a boon or a bust for the tech ecosystem? Has the legislation been effective in protecting personal data? In punishing breaches of data privacy?
A lot of VCs today are looking at investment products that support their impact vision, funding companies that bring solutions for people and our planet. Where to find them? How to ensure that profits and purpose are not incompatible?
With 70% of the global population expected to live in urban areas three decades from now, it is more urgent than ever before to focus on urban ecology in the face of climate change. Discover strategies for a greener, healthier future for city-dwellers around the world.
Europe’s innovation ecosystems are growing. The European Union has taken forward-looking steps to make it easier for highly skilled workers to move between EU countries. What more will it take to create an environment favorable to attracting and/or keeping tech talent in Europe?
Farmed meat forms the mainstay of the diets of 90% of the world’s population and the demand for meat is expected to double over the next 30 years. Yet the current model of animal agriculture is no longer suitable for a planet battling climate change and for consumers demanding cruelty-free, energy-efficient alternatives.
Remember when Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) were on a very short list of ways to finance your startup? That list has grown to include equity crowdfunding, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), reverse ICOs, Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs), Security Token Offerings (STOs)…
AI has the potential to move the needle on some of society’s biggest challenges. A McKinsey Global Institute report published in December identified 160 AI use cases across all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Discover promising applications of AI across the social and environmental sectors and the importance of responsible AI development.
Your startup is working and you have the staff, customers, and sales to prove it. This is where the fun (and the funding) really takes off. VCs turned you down for seed funding? Expect them to start returning your calls.