MEST Lagos to host second edition of the Africa Technology Summit

The event will hold at Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos from Tuesday – Wednesday, December 6th – 7th 2016.

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Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) is set to hold the second edition of its annual ATS on December 6-7, 2016, in Lagos, Nigeria.

Some of the biggest names in the African tech and mobile space, including Google, Uber, Vodacom and Samsung, as well as a range of African entrepreneurs from leading companies Interswitch, Iroko, Main One, among others will be gracing the event.

Africa is fast becoming a destination for top technology companies and players. Global brands and personalities like Mark Zuckerberg and Y Combinator have visited and invested in the continent in recent months, and Lagos, in particular, is on its way to becoming an influential stage in the global tech space.

"We’re especially excited to host ATS in a city and a country that we believe is really going to take off,” says MEST founder Jorn Lyseggen.

Speakers include Mitchell Elegbe, Founder & CEO, Interswitch, Funke Opeke, Founder, MainOne, Omobola Johnson, Chairperson, Global Alliance for Affordable Internet, Jason Njoku, Founder, Spark & Founder & CEO, Iroko, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Country Manager, Nigeria, Google.

Other speakers are Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, West Africa, Uber, Wale Ayeni, Senior Investment Officer, IFC World Bank Group, Sam Ajadi, Insights Manager - Ecosystem Accelerator, GSMA, Tayo Oviosu, Founder & CEO, Pagatech, Chika Nwobi, Partner, Rise Capital & Founder/CEO, Level 5 Lab.

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New to this year’s program is a MEST Demo Day on December 7 where MEST’s top portfolio companies will pitch in front of a range of investors.

ATS also coincides with MEST’s recent launch of its Lagos Incubator, which currently has a portfolio of five startups sitting in Nigeria.

"ATS is a great venue for bringing the different pockets of Sub-Saharan Africa together in one place, under one roof, for two days of exchanging ideas,” says MEST Lagos Incubator General Manager, Neku Atawodi.

This year’s panel topics include: comparing tech landscapes across regions, building the infrastructure to support Africa's ambitions, leaders in fintech, developments in agritech, corporate venture capitalism, investing in African tech, and finally a MEST Startup Demo Day.

Date: Tuesday – Wednesday, December 6th – 7th 2016

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos.

To get your early bird ticket, visit the ATS website. For more information and sponsorship enquiries, please email partnerships@meltwater.org