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CAPE TOWN GRAND summit 2023


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AfricArena Grand Summit 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa
AfricArena Grand Summit 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa
05 Dec 2023, 08:30 SAST
Cape Town
Our exciting two-day summit will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 5 - 6 December 2023. The 2-day conference will feature pitches from 30+ best startups from the Regional Summit, between Seed stage and Growth stage, as well as keynotes and panel discussions from the top minds in business.

a reimagined african tech conference

AfricArena presents an opportunity to explore tomorrow’s trends today by showcasing some of Africa’s most innovative startups and connecting them with investors, corporates and enablers to accelerate their growth. 

We strongly believe in the power of providing a platform that fosters bright and forward-thinking minds to network, get inspired and co-build a stronger tech startup investment ecosystem for Africa. 

The AfricArena Summit is an annual tech conference that showcases Africa's best startups and innovators in front of an audience of local and international investors looking for the most promising tech startups.


Here's Our Story...

Since its inception in 2017, AfricArena has been a platform dedicated to supporting the creation of market access and investment opportunities for its ever-increasing community of founders, angels, corporates, and VC investors.

Designed with a digital approach in mind, AfricArena consists of a series of investment deal flow events and interventions and an open-source platform for all stakeholders, all based on principles of open innovation and entrepreneurship.


The AfricArena brand has rapidly gained enormous credibility in the tech startup ecosystem with alumni startups having raised over $600 million in the past 7 years.

Th AfricArena hosted its sixth annual Grand Summit in Cape Town, South Africa from the 8th - 10th of November 2022. The Grand Summit was preceded by 2 events, the Founders Bootcamp and the VC Unconference Weekend.

This year, the VC Unconference weekend and the Founders Bootcamp precede the seventh annual Grand Summit which will be hosted from 5th - 6th December 2023 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

The AfricArena Summit events are broken into 3 segments as follows: 


VC Unconference, Founders BootCamp, and the main Summit Event.

The summits provide open innovation challenges, research, and deal-flow services to help accelerate the work of founders, investors, and corporates,

At AfricArena, we strongly believe in the power of providing a platform that fosters bright and forward-thinking minds to network, get inspired and co-build a stronger tech startup investment ecosystem for Africa.

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Relive Our best moments from 2022


AfricArena 2022

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The VC unconference

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Every year, AfricArena invites the key tech investors in Africa to connect and workshop around their main challenges. More than 100 investors, from Africa, Europe, the US, and Japan took part in the 2022 edition.

The VC Unconference is an annual event that takes place in Cape Town, South Africa the weekend before the Summit. It brings together local and international investors with the aim to enhance the way that investing is done in the African continent.

This year it will be held from the 2nd to 4th December 2023. 

The Founders BootCamp

A private workshop dedicated to selected startups from across the countries will be pitching at the AfricArena Summit. 


It aims to create strong connections, peer-to-peer learning between the entrepreneurs, training and equipping startups with the necessary tools and knowledge to prepare them to showcase and effectively deliver high quality, concise and engaging pitches to the right audience.

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in a nutshell

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accelerated startups

In partnership with incubators, accelerators, investors and our alumni community, we are able to spot promising companies tacking some of the biggest challenges of the continent.

Taking part in AfricArena is a huge opportunity for the few selected startups as most of them manage to secure new partnerships, funding or business contracts through the meetings and exposure they receive during the Summit.

Meet some of our Startups


we have heard from the best minds in tech, business and investing

Previous speakers

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Mark Birch

Software Entrepreneur, Author & Principal Startup Advocate at AWS

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Dr Ola Brown 

Founder of the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Group

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Raphael Dana

Co-Founder and CEO of Gozem & Keynote Speaker

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Maxine Bayen

Co-Founder of Africa:The Big Deal & Venture Building Lead for the Catalyst Fund

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Previous Panelists

How to achieve scale in Africa : Mergers & Acquisitions VS Organic Growth

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Venture Partner: CommerzVentures


Head of Investment: Breega


Co-partner: Harambeans Prosperity Fund

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hot topics FROM 2022

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Investment in Tech Startups

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Smart City



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Artificial Intelligence & Virtual Reality

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Financial & Commerce Inclusion

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Incubation Acceleration


get in on it


Become an Exhibitor

at The Summit

We offer a few booths and exhibitions opportunities to enable high-quality products and services to get visibility. Please apply if you would like to learn more about the available packages.

Become a

Media Partner

Are you keen to discovering and sharing insights into tech innovation and investment in Africa? Get in touch with us to find out how we can work together!

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