Funding and Networking Opportunity for Startups at African Economic Congress 2019

Startups will get an opportunity to mingle high profile individuals and also get the opportunity to pitch their solutions at the African Economic Congress scheduled to hold at the prestigious Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre Abuja, Nigeria.

The event which is scheduled to hold from the 4th – 6th of November 2019 is themed ‘Building Africa we want’: A Skim into Africa’s investment process and drive; the event will convene key leaders from government, the private sector, academia, and civil society to facilitate dialogue on policy tools, business models, industry standards, norms and guidelines for boosting the dynamism of Africa to attain its growth potential.

According to the organizers The Congress will build on the African Union decades of success. With a special focus on promoting deeper collaboration between Africa and the World to leverage their distinctive demographic and digital dividends to boost global growth and enhance our collective future and optimally assist Africa to leapfrog to an advanced stage of development and provide the world with replicable proof of a successful model, affecting billions of people globally.

The congress will host participants from 102 countries discussing bilateral relationship review between African Countries and their Asian and European Counterparts, with special focus on China
• Impact of data usage, data governance and cybersecurity concerns on the future of the digital economy
• Regional Integration and the trepidations about Africa free trade zone agreement.
• Implications of volatile geopolitical environments on businesses and how they operate across borders and with other industries
• Transformation of talent and the impact on employment, skills, societal needs and political expectations on business leadership
• Influence of climate change and the Sustainable
Development Goals on the future of investing, infrastructure, manufacturing, and consumption

The event will feature breakout sessions, Exhibitions, and The African European Roundtable

The African European Roundtable

The High-Level Roundtable is designed to provide a high-level and unique opportunity to promote networking and debate. it will be a perfect occasion to share the work and the activities of the Leaders Community formed around the African Economic Congress. It will highlight the untapped potential for deepening the partnership in Agriculture, energy, oil and gas, technology exchange and trade as well as their importance for economic growth, creating employment opportunities, building resilient societies and fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals. In order to harness this potential, political will is crucial for creating the necessary conditions for investment and innovation. Together with the vice president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi OSINBAJO and the head, European high commission to West Africa Ms. Isabel CANDELA-RODRIGUEZ will open the Roundtable at the African Economic Congress. During the high-level dialogue segment, political leaders and CEOs will be invited to share their vision on the current and future cooperation between Africa and Europe regarding innovation and development. Participants will consist of European and African heads of state and government accompanied by relevant ministers, CEOs of highly agile and innovative European and African companies, representatives of start-ups and innovative companies, investors, bilateral and multilateral development partners, and civil society representatives.

The Roundtable is a ticketed event that will hold during the AEC for your tickets you can call 08058564272 or send an email to


The exhibition will give startups, companies, Non-governmental organizations, finance institutes, universities and consortia of projects to show their products, services, prototypes related to various sectoral Development. You can contact us for more information on the exhibition.

AEC Start-Up Challenge

 The Startup Challenge is an international competition for African startup entrepreneurs from all over the world – organized by AEC in strategic partnerships. Every year, They welcome teams from all over Africa and the world, give them access to a large network of founders, mentors, and experts, and provide a platform to pitch their ideas to judges and investors.

Click HERE to Apply for the Startup Challenge

The AEC start-up challenge aims to infuse a philosophy of innovation and nurture technology-led innovations to create jobs and improve livelihoods in Africa. The expected outcome of the competition is to select winning ideas that can lead to new products, programs, projects and processes and to engage young entrepreneurs eager to tackle the challenges they face as well as global challenges through “smart solutions” that transform the economy of Africa and the world.

Speakers at the events include: Prof: Yemi Osinbajo Vice President of Nigeria, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana, George Manneh Oppong Weah, President of Liberia, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta President of the Republic of Kenya.