DEMO Africa 2017

6th Edition of DEMO Africa kicks off in South Africa this month.

Africa’s largest technology launchpad event, DEMO Africa, isn’t called the largest startup event for nothing. As the launch pad for emerging technology and trends on the continent, it attracts people from around the globe who convene in a major city to experience Africa’s most exciting innovations.

The DEMO conference originated in North America and showcased new products and technologies coming to market. It has now established a powerful international network of launch events including China, Singapore, Brazil and Africa.

“Shortlisted companies or start-ups which launch at DEMO Africa have already gone through a rigorous selection and mentorship process to get them prepped for market and investment,” says Harry Hare, executive producer, DEMO Africa.

This year, the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng South Africa will be hosting this premier conference to identify brand new and exciting technology start-ups, which are investment worthy. The headline sponsors are the Department of Small Business Development, the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and Microsoft, all contributing significantly to the success of DEMO Africa.

Over the last five years, about 180 start-ups have been launched and connected to investors, technology buyers and the media, when since DEMO Africa launched at the World Economic Forum for Africa in Ethiopia. What can delegates attending the DEMO Africa conference expect? Vanessa Clark from MobiFlock perfectly sums it up as “a whirlwind of inspiration, constructive feedback, endorsement and meeting face-to- face with some of the leading minds on the continent. The format is cleverly worked out to keep even the most attention-deficit entrepreneur gripped, and there is ample time for networking.”

It’s exciting because of its production and presentation format which allows each selected start-up six minutes on stage to show how their product will positively impact the world. The delegates and other attendees get a live show on how the technology being demonstrated can be used meaningfully, and its overall socioeconomic impact. Investors are also able to ascertain the readiness of the startups to receive capital and advice towards scaling their operations.

For the start-ups themselves, DEMO Africa represents an opportunity to showcase their innovations and network with all the right types of people such as corporate developers and acquirers, trade and mainstream media, venture and angel investors, buyers and entrepreneurs.

The conference takes place on 23-24 November and is preceded by intense DEMO Africa Bootcamps and investors summits. Apart from the renowned speakers and panelists there will be 30 new innovative products launched to the world for the first time and 15 content-rich sessions.

DEMO Africa is one of the flagship initiatives of LIONS@FRICA, a public-private partnership aimed at enhancing and deepening the start-up and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast- growing African economies. The partnership is managed by the Silicon Valley based African Technology Foundation.

Harry Hare commented – “To be a delegate at the DEMO Africa conference is to witness something meaningful and inspiring. To get the opportunity to watch so much future potential and talent in technology, while connecting with a network of powerful business people, makes this a dynamic experience.”

With partners like Africa Technology Foundation, African eDevelopment Resource Centre, African Development Bank, The World Bank Group (InfoDev), US State Department, Microsoft, Intel and Google, the conference is geared towards connecting some of Africa’s most exciting future innovators with their Pan African and global counterparts.

For more information and to book your seat contact the Jessica Barnes at The Business Place on 011 833 0340 or email