• Accelerating Technology Impact

    Africa Technology Business Network

  • About ATBN

    We are a catalyst for technology-based social innovation in Africa

    What we do

    We work with entrepreneurs, organisations and investors to accelerate innovative technology-based solutions that unlock new opportunities and help drive sustainable development in Africa.

     

    The three main focus areas of our work are:

     

    1. Social Innovation

    We run tailored innovation programmes supporting entrepreneurs to innovate using technology to solve social challenges in Africa.

    We equip them with the tools to develop and test their ideas as well as connect them to the right networks locally and globally to help grow their ideas into sustainable businesses.

     

    2. Investment Promotion

    We support foreign investors to identify and unlock the exciting opportunities emerging in the African technology and innovation space.

    Through platforms such as the Africa Technology Business Forum, we bring together investors, corporates and technology leaders to share insights and success strategies for investing in the African tech sector.

     

    3. Network Building

    We have a growing network of organisations and individuals particularly across Africa and the UK with a shared mission of advancing technology and social innovation in Africa. We support members to collaboratively innovate and share ideas on how to leverage technology for greater impact.

  • EVENTS

    Gain insights for unlocking Africa's emerging technology opportunies

    AFRICA TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS FORUM

    The Africa Technology Business Forum (Africa Tech Forum London) is an annual, one-day conference aimed at showcasing Africa's emerging technology opportunities to the UK business and investor community.

     

    The inaugural Forum which was held in June 2016 as part of London Tech Week, brought together 150 technology business leaders, investors, entrepreneurs and professionals and was featured in the Guardian.

     

    Delegates gathered to gain expert insights and success strategies for unlocking the opportunities being created by technology in Africa. View presentations

     

    Africa Tech London Meetup

    Building a global network of people who are passionate about technology & entrepreneurship in Africa

    We host regular meetups in London bringing together a diverse network of individuals with a shared interest in supporting and engaging with the African tech ecosystem. Join our meetup group or subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed about upcoming events.

  • Innovation Programmes

    Innovation Programmes

    We support entrepreneurs to innovate using technology to solve social challenges in Africa.

    Our programmes equip social innovators with the tools to develop and test their ideas, create a sustainable business model as well as connect them with the right networks locally and globally to help grow their ideas into sustainable businesses.

     

    Our current programmes include:

     

    African Women Innovators Network - A training and mentorship programme funded by Comic Relief, that aims to equip young African women with the tools to take the lead in innovating solutions to issues that affect them.

     

    Diaspora in Tech - A programme aimed at inspiring and supporting African diaspora to leverage technology and entrepreneurship as a tools to make a positive impact on Africa's development.

     

    i4DLab - The Innovation for Development (i4D) lab brings together talented, passionate individuals in the UK to lend their skills and expertise to support organisations that are using technology to address a social challenge in Africa. Organisations we have supported in the past include WeFarm and Zazu who are using technology to improve the livelihoods of farmers in Africa.

  • ATBN Team

    Meet the team

    Eunice Baguma Ball

    Founder & Executive Director

    An social innovation consultant and advocate with 10 years experience in the Africa mobile and digital innovation space. She is passionate about the potential of technology to drive sustainable development in Africa.

    Gosbert Chagula

    Director - Innovation and Programmes

    A communications coach, innovation trainer and facilitator with extensive experience designing & delivering programmes to support organisations, young people and entrepreneurs to increase their impact.

    Serah Lister

    Director

    An entrepreneur, business mentor and life coach who has worked extensively to inspire women and young people across the globe to reach their full potential. Prior to that she held c-level roles at global companies including GSMA & Prudential.

    Bilen Shifferaw

    Community & Events Manager

    A digital marketing and social media expert with a focus on Africa, Ethiopia, entrepreneurship, start-ups, tech and the creative industries.

    Jean-Paul Melaga

    Board Advisor

    CEO Whitestone Finance

    Jean-Paul is the Founder & CEO of Whitestone Finance. Prior to that he was the Head of Africa at the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi and Head of Francophone Africa at Renaissance Capital. Jean-Paul started his career as FIG M&A analyst with Lehman Brothers.   

    Manny Ajuwon

    Board Advisor

    Director Oreed Group

    Manny heads Oreed Group; specialists in African Markets Capital Advisory representing over £1.5bn in overseas transactions & construction, working with FTSE
    listed businesses, speciality fund managers & private equity investors.

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