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GIST TechConnect: First Steps: Starting Your Venture in Africa

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Are you ready to launch your startup in Africa, but need some tips on how to get started? In this special TechConnect interactive webinar, an expert panel of entrepreneurs and investors will discuss important topics like finding funding, branding and marketing, partnerships, building your network, and more!

Join our interactive webinar on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 15:30 SAST (13:30 UTC) to get tips on launching your startup in Africa.

You can send the panel your questions by using the chatbox to the right of the video player. You can also send your questions via Twitter, using #GISTTechConnect.


Why Participate

-Listen to a panel of experts talk about starting a venture in Africa

-Ask experienced entrepreneurs the best way to start an African venture

-Learn the first step you should take when launching a startup in Africa


Speaker Biographies

Kizito Okechukwu

Kizito is currently the Co-Chair the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Africa — 22 on Sloane. At GEN Africa, he helps people unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, accelerating innovation and strengthening economic stability in the region. At GEN Africa, he recently helped launch 22 on Sloane, the largest startup campus in Africa. Kizito is also the Executive Head of SEA Africa, a research and development firm in Johannesburg South Africa that supports businesses venturing into Africa markets. He is an MBA Graduate and has travelled and worked with key public and private firms in over 15 African countries. He is a co-founder of the Centre for African Youth Entrepreneurship (CAYE) a non-profit organisation that facilitates entrepreneurship development in high schools and universities. His expertise are in: Business strategy, research and risk assessments.


Matsi Modise

Managing Director of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs in South Africa. She is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holdings, a Pan African enterprise development advisory and investment firm. Her experience ranges from Investment Banking at Investec Bank Ltd, and Enterprise Development advisory with South African banks, institutions of higher learning and corporate entities.She currently sits on the Barclays Africa Shared Growth Advisory Board; Agri-Vie Private Equity Fund; The Innovation Hub as a Non-Executive Director and Orange Corners, an incubation initiative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. She is a subcommittee member of the South African Venture Capital/ Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Innovation Management committee.


Sibongile Sambo

Sibongile Sambo is a pioneering woman of South African aviation. She is founder and Chief Executive Officer of SRS Aviation Ltd., the first 100 percent black, female-owned aviation services company in South Africa. Launched in 2004, SRS is an integrated provider of private aviation services offering South African and international clients professional and personalized flight options including VIP Charter, tourist charter and helicopter services, to destinations around the world. Today, the company also provides maintenance, sales and fleet management services to private jet owners. Sibongile's pioneering entrepreneurial spirit has earned her a string of accolades and awards. She is also is passionate about mentoring young women, helping them become pilots, leaders and entrepreneurs.