WHAT IS CONNECTCONF?

ConnectConf is an invite-only event focused on connecting entrepreneurs and startup ecosystems.

 

We bring together changemakers from across various industries including corporates, SMEs and startups looking to understand the current issues they can face when embracing the growth opportunities that Africa has to offer.

 

Expect to experience unparallelled networking opportunities, and to hear substantive and relevant keynotes, and thought-provoking panel discussions from key players redefining the African startup ecosystem.

SPEAKERS AT CONNECTCONF II

Sudhir Sooklal

Sudhir Sooklal

Minister (Economic), Embassy of South Africa to Belgium & Luxembourg

``Finding a new backbone: refocussing African economic growth on SME development``

Vincent Kouwenhoven

Vincent Kouwenhoven

Founder - Investment Director, eVA Fund

``The tricky part: due diligence and closing the deal``

Carlos Corts

Carlos Corts

EU Funding & Public Affairs Consultant, Schuman Associates

``Navigating European Union opportunities and the Winning Business in Africa Platform``

Oliver Gyr

Oliver Gyr

Prinicipal Consultant, Jemivation

``Engaging with startups: African incubators and accelerators``

AGENDA

16:00 – 17:00

ARRIVALS & REGISTRATION


17:10 – 17:30

FINDING A NEW BACKBONE: REFOCUSSING AFRICAN ECONOMIC GROWTH ON SME DEVELOPMENT

Sudhir Sooklal

Minister (Economic) @ Embassy of South Africa to Belgium and Luxembourg


17:30 – 18:15

NAVIGATING EUROPEAN UNION OPPORTUNITIES AND THE WINNING BUSINESS IN AFRICA PLATFORM 

Carlos Cots, EU Funding & Public Affairs Consultant @ Schuman Associates


18:15 – 19:00

ENGAGING WITH STARTUPS: AFRICAN INCUBATORS AND ACCELERATORS

Oliver Gyr, Principal Consultant @ Jemivation


19:00 – 19:45

THE TRICKY PART: DUE DILIGENCE AND CLOSING THE DEAL

Vincent Kouwenhoven, Founder – Investment Director @ Eva Fund


19:45 – 20:45

DINNER, ART & WINE TASTING

Featuring art from Clifton Boulder Gallery & a selection of South African wines


*Moderator: Zeldah Schrama, Founder @ Connect Africa*

 
Clifton Boulder Gallery
Africanwise
DTI
Jemivation
SANEC