AfricArena @ Viva Tech 2019: Recap – BLOG


AfricArena made an indelible mark at the “world’s rendezvous for startups and leaders” – Viva Technology. Running in its fourth edition this year, Viva Tech is one of the most recognised global stages for innovation. It is a massive gathering of creative individuals and organisations coming together to share ideas and make connections – all in the name of pushing industrial boundaries and instituting technology as a force for good for a sustainable future.


AfricArena & its Partners took 10 African Startups to Viva Tech 2019


AfricArena proudly brought along and showcased 10 African startups.
These startups emerged as the top high-growth potential startups in AfricArena Tour’s Open Innovation Challenges in 2018:
1. Aerobotics  2. DataProphet  3. FinChatBot  4. Guardian Gabriel  5. HomeFarm
6. MedBit  7. OniriQ  8. PayDunya  9. SeaMonster  10. TravelBudds

This delegation represents the A-Team for Africa’s tech future!

AfricArena and its A-Team of startups took stage at Metropole du Grand Paris at VivaTech
on Friday May 17. The segment started with a panel discussion on the topic: Exploring ways to expand startup funding in Africa. The recent Jumia IPO was the main case study in guiding the discussion on how to accelerate Africa-focused VC funding – so as to exceed the $1 Billion raised by African startups in 2018 (See Report).


Startup Pitch Competition

The 10 startups pitched in front of the 100+ audience and esteemed judges – passionately presenting on why their business model was unique and what their vision entails.

Below, is the esteemed Jury that hard the tough task of deciding the winning startup.

In as much as all of these startups are winners in their own right, it was Cape Town based agri-tech startup, Aerobotics, that was named the winner of the President Macron Africa Tech Award at VivaTech 2019.


In a statement, Aerobotics’ COO Tim Willis (pictured above) described the startup’s experience at VivaTech as having been an “amazing venture”. Willis said since the startup’s involvement with AfricArena last year, the accelerator has provided the agritech firm with key opportunities to expand its network, particularly in Europe. “Our shared vision to scale African tech into global markets strongly aligns with our expansion plans. The positive uptake abroad of our product is proof that African tech is world class,” said Willis. He added that as Aerobotics goes into its second year with the AfricArena VivaTech Challenge, the company is excited at the prospect of another year of the partnership.

As part of the award, Aerobotics has received an invitation to this year’s edition of AfricArena Summit, which will take place on 11 and 12 November at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town.




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