WEF opens search for Africa’s top tech women innovators

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Cape Town - Building on the success of last year’s inaugural search, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has started the process to select the top female tech innovators in Africa, who will be invited to share their experience and engage with leaders at the Forum’s regional meeting this spring.

The search is open to any female entrepreneur whose business is less than three years old, uses innovative technology or business models, and has at least one year of revenue generation.

The business must also be able to demonstrate social and economic potential.

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The Durban International Convention Centre.

“Africa’s best prospects for inclusive growth lie in its ability to tap into its vast pool of entrepreneurial talent,” said Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa at the WEF. “We want Africa’s top female tech entrepreneurs to join us so we can celebrate them as role models and so they can help governments and policymakers create conditions for others to flourish.”

The 2017 WEF on Africa will convene on 3-5 May in Durban, South Africa, under the theme Achieving Inclusive Growth. The meeting will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all.

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It will provide insight from leading experts on how Africa will be affected by the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, particularly in terms of safeguarding the region’s economies from negative disruption and exploiting opportunities for further growth and development. The closing date for submission is next Monday.

Prior to the WEF on Africa, a panel of experts will select the five top entrepreneurs to participate in the meeting. The co-chairs of the 2017 WEF on Africa are: Winnie Byanyima, executive director, Oxfam International, UK; Siyabonga Gama, group chief executive, Transnet, South Africa; Frédéric Lemoine, chairperson of the executive board, Wendel, France; Rich Lesser, global chief executive and president, Boston Consulting Group, US; and Ulrich Spiesshofer, president and chief executive, ABB, Switzerland. 


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