• About ATBN

    The Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN) is a social enterprise and global network focused on nurturing technology innovation to drive sustainable growth and development in Africa.

    What we do

    We work by bringing together the private sector, international development and entrepreneurs to foster technology innovation that drives sustainable growth and development in Africa.

     

    The three main focus areas of our work are:

     

    1. Designing and delivering innovation accelerator programmes

    We partner with international development organisations and forward-thinking corporates to deliver early-stage innovation accelerator programmes supporting entrepreneurs in developing innovative solutions to address social challenges and create economic growth opportunities in Africa.

     

    2. Unlocking inclusive growth opportunities for businesses and investors

    We support a network of 250+ investors, business and technology leaders looking to create both profit and impact by investing in the fast-growing Africa technology sector.
    Through events such as the Africa Technology Business Forum, we enable our members to share insights and success strategies for driving growth in the African technology sector.

     

    3. Building a global ecosystem to support emerging technology innovation in Africa

    We are a global network connecting over 1200 entrepreneurs across the Africa and UK tech communities. We have a growing community of entrepreneurs and organisations across Africa and Europe who are passionate about using technology to build a better world . We enable our members to connect, collaborate and share knowledge to build and invest in sustainable technology ventures in Africa.

  • 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 Accelerator

    Innovation Accelerator

    We support early-stage entrepreneurs in developing innovative solutions to address social challenges and unlock inclusive growth opportunities in Africa.

    Through our innovation accelerator programmes we equip entrepreneurs with the tools to test and develop their early-stage ideas into sustainable business models and connect them with the right networks locally and globally to enable them grow them into scalable enterprises .

     

    Our current programmes include:

     

    African Women Innovators Network - A training and mentorship programme that aims to equip young African women with the tools to take the lead in innovating solutions to issues that affect them. Funded by Comic Relief & DFID under the Common Ground Initiative fund.

     

    Diaspora in Tech - A programme aimed at inspiring and supporting African diaspora to launch technology-based businesses that create opportunities 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 fintech 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 - Strategy & Partnerships

    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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