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African Tech Revolution: Corporates vs. Startups

As Africa’s technology booms and its population becomes increasingly educated, urban, affluent, and digital, the world’s technology, investment, and business communities are taking notice, highlighted by the increased presence and prioritization of Africa for many global corporations.
We read more and more about companies like IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Google, and others, investing in African startups, opening innovation labs, and setting up a corporate presence. Facebook, for example, recently opened its first official office in Africa, and their active user population in Africa grew 20 percent to 120 million in June 2015, up from 100 million in September 2014.

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  1. How do startups benefit from corporates in the region and vice versa?
  2. How do we ensure the budding entrepreneurs continue to stay at the forefront rather being pushed to the side?
  3. What role will multinational companies play in Africa's growth?


  • Jorn Lyseggen, Founder, MEST


Katie Sarro, Dir of Business Dev, Riana Dadlani

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