The Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, will host the finnovation Africa Event, which is scheduled to be held on November 3, 2017. The event aims at connecting startup entrepreneurs with investors and banks.
The event aims to address most pressing questions for the progress of FinTech and the positive and proﬁtable transformation of banking in Ethiopia and in Africa at large, providing a platform for stakeholders to engage in creating the future of ﬁnancial services on the continent.
Speakers at the event include Barclays Africa group chief creation officer Yasaman Hadjibashi, Omidyar Network investments principal Ameya Upadhyay and Nest Africa managing partner Aaron Fu, while startups can also apply to take part in the “Wolves’ Den”, where they will have the opportunity to pitch for funding in front of investors panel.
Another session – “Inside the Investor’s Mind”, will offer startups insights into the thought processes of leading FinTech investors.
“As a result of their potent blend of trailblazing technology and disruptive innovation, finTech players have the ability to accelerate the digital transformation of financial services in Africa and, in turn, further spur the major existing banks to rapidly ramp-up their own innovative approaches to meet the financial needs of underserved markets across the continent,” the organizers said.
“FinTech players are increasingly becoming an important part of the fabric of Africa’s financial services industry. In addition, the leading banks on the continent are now harnessing innovative technology to meet market needs and are also collaborating with FinTech start-ups to better connect with underserved consumers, improve financial inclusion and provide a platform to scale much faster.”