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Uncategorized By Jessica Colaço / November 21, 2011

Convergence Africa Conference & Investor Speed Dating


Convergence Africa brings together CEOs, thought leaders and investors from across the continent, and delves deeply into today’s business issues to produce insights and enable investors to connect with some of Africa’s leading companies.

This one-day conference on the 8th of December,2011 is designed to be informative, practical, actionable and valuable. In addition to headline keynote speakers representing the champions of entrepreneurship on the continent, the heart of the conference is a series of Master Classes, conducted by experts in their fields, covering the topics that matter most to entrepreneurs, investors and policy-makers.

The conference will culminate in an exclusive session designed to match enlightened investors and a selection of the brightest entrepreneurs and their businesses in a series of rapid-fire meetings – Investor Speed Dating.  Fifteen VC and Private Equity firms from across Africa and overseas will each hear four pitches from amongst 30 pre-qualified potential ‘investee’ companies.

There are three great reasons to attend Convergence Africa:

  1. Participate in two Master Classes with Africa’s Business Leaders.
  2. Pitch your business plan directly to investors in our Investor Speed Dating sessions.
  3. Expand your network of fellow entrepreneurs, investors, business leaders and policy-makers.

Investor Speed Dating – Pitch Your SME

This programme brings together entrepreneurs and investors in a series of rapid-fire pitches. Over the course of just two hours, 15 venture capital and private equity firms will hear presentations from more than 30 pre-qualified entrepreneurs seeking funding for their businesses.

Participants will be selected from previous entrants to the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship and also from others that are a close match for the investment profiles of the funders.

In order to maximise the effectiveness of this programme, we want to match the needs of funders and entrepreneurs as closely as possible. If you are interested in participating, please download the appropriate PDF (Entrepreneur Application Form & Investor Application Form) and provide as much of the following information as you can. Details should be sent to

For more information on Investor Speed Dating, click here

To view the agenda for the Convergence Conference, click here

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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