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The AfricArena Tour is a series of pre-selections for the AfricArena Summit - where we scour the major capitals of the African continent in search of Africa's top tech startups that are shaking ground. The Tour is the curating mechanism that makes AfricArena effective in ensuring the very best startups are chosen for each Summit.

This year, AfricArena will organise 5 hybrid events across 5 regions in Africa, building up to the annual AfricArena Summit in Cape Town. The Regional Events will bring together startups, investors and corporations operating in the Region and across Africa. Between 20 to 30+ startups from Africa will be selected to pitch at each Summit. Those events will act as a semi-final pitch sessions where +25 startups will be selected to pitch at the Grand Summit in Cape Town taking place from 5 - 6 December 2023.

During the 3 full days, the in-person regional events will host 25 pitching startups from the neighboring countries, international corporates and investors.


The Regional events consist of the following three events: 

VC Unconference, Founders BootCamp and the regional AfricArena Summit.

Africarena tour 2024


21-22 May

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West Africa


Nairobi Summit


Cairo Summit
VC Unconference



Tunisia Summit


27-28 May


23 - 25 May

30 November - 5 December 2024

20 - 24 April 2024

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This year, as we go into our seventh year, we’re kicking off 2024 with our first summit of the year, the two-day AfricArena Johannesburg Deep Tech, Enterprise & Green Economy Summit 2024. 

Join us in the heart of South Africa’s economic capital and watch over +20 startups pitch their tech ventures to local and international investors and be a part of powerful, engaging conversations about Africa’s booming tech ecosystem, and network with investors, venture capitalists, limited partners, general partners, ecosystem builders, government and policy makers.

Each year, the AfricArena Team tours the continent to source Africa’s top tech startups in each of Africa’s four regions, Southern Africa, East Africa, West Africa and North Africa, giving over +20 startups from each region an opportunity to pitch in the Open Innovation Challenges on an African and global stage and showcase their highly scalable ventures to an audience of over +250 local and international investors. This year, as part of our international scaling out tour, we will be going on an AfricArena roadshow to the UK, France, Germany and the US where we will showcase the best of Africa’s tech startups in these regions. 

Our two-day summits this year will follow the same format as their predecessors from previous years with an AfricArise Bootcamp bringing startups a powerful readiness and networking tool as they make their way to the summit.

At the end of each year, the regional winners convene in Cape Town at the annual AfricArena Cape Town Grand Summit pitch battle which decides the overall best AfricArena tech startups winners in each Open Innovation Challenge. 


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Johannesburg South Africa

The Johannesburg Summit took place in the Bowman Gilfillan Building in Johannesburg, South Africa from the

23-24 April 2024.


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