THE fifth Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) will be hosted virtually this year from the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic that has brought the unprecedented need for digital trade and finance and positioned fintech as key to economic recovery.
The Summit will be hosted virtually through the Accelevents platform on November 9th, 10th, and 12th, 2020 and is expected to host over 1,000 attendees and 60+ speakers calling in from 10 different time zones across 6 continents.
The opening day of the Summit will focus on the major regional fintech ecosystems across the continent, with separate sessions dedicated to West, East, North, Central, and Southern Africa.
Day two will focus on fintech-enabled business models, analyzing how fintech is providing a backbone for innovation in sectors such as e-commerce & trade, healthcare, and agriculture.
There will also be a dedicate session to pay-as-you-go (PayGo) business models that have seen a significant increase in popularity due to their ability to facilitate access to crucial but often inaccessible services.
“The Business of Fintech” is the title of our third and final day. Here we invite fintech investors, decentralized finance experts & thought leaders from the most successful companies to discuss best practices for common innovator challenges including market expansion, raising capital, the applicability of blockchain, targeting the last mile, and vetting prospective fintech partners.
The Summit concludes with the regional semi-final and pitch competition for Startup World Cup, the winner of which will go on to compete on a Silicon Valley stage for US$1 million.
AFTS is the premiere global initiative dedicated to the African fintech ecosystem.
AFTS is traditionally hosted in Washington, D.C., each April during the World Bank/IFC annual meeting week and in a different African city each November.
Supported by an advisory board of thought leaders and fintech pioneers, AFTS is a unique space where ideas are explored, investments mobilized, partnerships, and collaborations formed across sectors and geographies.
This year’s AFTS is organized in partnership between Washington, D.C., strategic advisory group Dedalus Global and Ethiopian-focused advisory firm Ibex Frontier.