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Johannesburg Summit 2024

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This year, AfricArena will organise 6 hybrid events across 4 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. 20+ startups from Africa will be selected to pitch at the Johannesburg Event. Those events will act as a semi-final pitch sessions before our Grand Summit in Cape Town in December 2024.

The Johannesburg Summit will take place on the 23rd April 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa at 22 On Sloane. The one-day conference will feature pitches from 20+ startups operating all across Africa in specific sectors, between Seed stage and Growth stage, as well as keynotes and panel discussions from the top minds in business, tech and investment in the region.

In a Nutshell


The summit Program

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April 23rd

All times in GMT+2

Registration: 9 AM - 4 PM



9:00 am - 9:30 am

Guests arrive and mingle

9:30 am - 9:40 am

MC welcome and wake up

9:40 am - 9:50 am

Official Opening

9:50 am - 10:10 am

Word from the sponsors

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Keynote: Africa and its diaspora's growing role in global innovation, tech, and business

10:30 am - 11:10 am

Panel discussion: State of Tech in Africa 

11:10 am - 11:50 am

Keynote: Evaluating the African deep-tech startup  spin off ecosystem

11:50 am - 12:25 pm

Pitch Challenge: Deep Tech & AI

12:25 pm - 1:25 pm

Lunch & Networking


1:25 pm - 2:05 pm

Sector Focused Panel: Ripe For Disruption: Africa’s Big Leap In Agritech

2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

Pitch Challenge: Agritech 

2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

Panel: The state of Climate Tech

3:05 pm - 3:35 pm

Pitch Challenge: Climate Tech

3:35 pm - 4:15 pm

Panel (LP and GP): The Race to closing fund 2 in winter!

4:15 pm - 4:45 am

Fireside Chat: Scaling from SA to the rest of the world

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Pitch Challenge: Investor Reverse Pitch

5:15 am - 5:45 pm

Panel: Women in Tech 'Addressing Global Challenges with Technology and Leadership''

5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Pitch Challenge: Women in Tech

From 7:00 pm


week preview

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As part of its Johannesburg Tour, AfricArena is organising a series of events alongside The Johannesburg Summit,which is scheduled to take place on the 23rd April 2024 in Johannesburg, South Africa at 22 On Sloane. The one-day conference will feature pitches from 20+ startups operating all across Africa in specific sectors, between Seed stage and Growth stage, as well as keynotes and panel discussions from the top minds in business, tech and investment in the region.

VC unconference weekend

On the weekend leading up to AfricArena 2024 Johannesburg Summit, the VC Unconference Weekend which will be held at Pilanesburg will provide informal engagement opportunities for an unfiltered exchange of innovative ideas around deal sourcing, execution, portfolio management and realisation.

This invitation-only initiative has four key objectives:

1. Mapping the ecosystem within the African technology ventures
2. Creating a standardized knowledge data room
3. Establishing investment best practice, systems and processes
4. Facilitating co-investment opportunities, deal syndication and ecosystem cohesion

This year it will be held from the 20th to 22nd of April 2024. 


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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Prior to our AfricArena Johannesburg Summit event happening on the 23rd of April 2024, AfricArena, powered by AfricArise, offers an incredible opportunity to african-based corporates and investors willing to experience the booming startup ecosystem across Johannesburg on the 22nd of April from 9 AM.

How? By visiting the innovative spaces at the heart of the ecosystem’s dynamism in Johannesburg, by connecting them to local actors – entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts – who share valuable insights and stories around key topics.

In brief, the Learning Expeditions enable a deep and intimate discovery of these tech hubs!

Food & beverages and transport fees included!


The Digital Collective Africa is thrilled to extend an invitation to you to attend the inaugural AfricArena Wired Connect event.


This unique speed networking event takes place at the Milk Bar Events Venue in Sandton, Johannesburg on the 24th April 2024. In this beautiful, rustic meets industrial event venue, there will be two speed networking sessions, one for LPs and GPs and one for GPs and startups.


Embracing Change: Shaping the Next Era of Africa’s Prosperity

Why Attend?

  • 700+ Delegates

Network with over 700 delegates from more than 50 countries around the world

  • 100+ Capital Allocators 

Interact with over 195 institutional investors to gain valuable insights on the industry trends

  • 130+ Speakers

Discuss the most pertinent issue impacting the industry with over 130 industry expert speakers

Celebrating 20 Years Of The Largest Africa-Focused Private Capital Conference

The 2024 Annual AVCA Conference marks AVCA’s 20th year of convening the private capital ecosystem across various cities in Africa.  

With the theme of Embracing Change: Shaping the Next Era of Africa’s Prosperity, the Conference & the VC Summit are set to explore the evolving nature of the private capital ecosystem and envision what the next two decades of private capital in Africa could look like. Taking a forward-looking approach, the conference dialogue will focus on fostering innovation and collaboration across the investment value chain and driving sustainable growth towards a new era of prosperity in Africa.


Delegates will engage in insight led panels, thematic roundtables, closed-door sessions and curated networking, exploring how we collectively:

  • Envision: As key actors in the industry, how can we reimagine Africa’s future as a global powerhouse? What concrete actions can we take today to derive results in the next decade(s)?

  • Innovate: What is the role of investors, allocators and entrepreneurs in tackling bold problems, thinking differently about solutions design, and adopting a systems lens towards sustainability on the continent? 

  • Co-Create: Exploring the intersectionality between private and public sector towards economic development, cross-sector and cross-geography collaboration, and diverse investment strategies to create lasting value for all in Africa. 

Who attends the Annual AVCA Conference and VC Summit?

The Annual AVCA Conference brings together world-class investors, policymakers and business leaders for interactive sessions, solutions-driven dialogue and dynamic networking. 


Last year the conference was attended by organisations including Adenia Partners, African Development Bank, African Infrastructure Investment Managers, AfricInvest, British International Investment, Clifford Chance, DEG, FSD Africa, International Finance Corporation, Mastercard Foundation Africa Growth Fund, Old Mutual Alternative Investments, Proparco, Sahel Capital, Verod Capital Management and Visa Foundation.

Join AVCA in Johannesburg by booking your place:


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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.

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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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