By Emeka Aginam
The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has assured that DEMO Africa forum, a pan-African launch-pad for technology start-up companies, will become the continent’s rallying ground to retool technology leaders and entrepreneurs.

The DEMO Africa event scheduled to take place this month in Lagos will showcase thirty technology start-up companies from across Africa.

“Africa is growing in strength and its youths are pointing to the direction of things to come. NITDA is committed to Demo Africa as part of its mandate to youth development from the perspective of IT as well as its belief that a large population of highly exposed and trained youths will be the driver of Nigeria’s new economy,” NITDA’s Director General, Mr. Peter Jack who spoke in Abuja at the weekend, said.

“It is actions by different players that will see technology entrepreneurship effectively bringing sustainability to entrepreneurship across Africa,” said Executive Producer of DEMO Africa, Harry Hare, while commending on Microsoft’s support for the event.

NITDA with the Nigerian Ministry of Communication Technology is a co-host of DEMO Africa in collaboration with LIONS@FRICA and VC4Africa. NITDA is already promoting eight Nigerian startups at this year’s GITEX Expo and Conference taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

DEMO Africa also has the support of private sector technology giants including Microsoft, under the 4Afrika Initiative. The software company is encouraged by the support of public institutions such as the NITDA for the DEMO Africa forum.

One of the high points of DEMO Africa 2015 is the newly introduced knowledge streams to delve into critical topics including Business Modeling, Scaling Businesses, Creating an Unfair Advantage, and Raising Capital.

Top industry players, including MEST Founder, Jorn Lyseggen, President, Harry Tomi Davies-ABAN, Partner, Adlevo Capital, Folabi Esan, IROKO TV CEO, Jason Njoku, among others, will lead the discussion. Other notable activities at the 2015 DEMO Africa event include an investor roundtable forum and theLIONS@FRICA Summit, with the uptake of Africa-generated technology being expected to dominate the conversations.

Out of the thirty start-ups, Nigeria leads the table with eight startups including PoshRite, Oga Venue, TalkingBookz, iKon Tracker, Mavis Computel, CarpartsNigeria, Zuvaa, and SmartEdu.

Similarly, Kenya, which is increasingly gaining global spot as tech-startup haven, has six namely: Bitsoko, BambaPOS, Shield Finance, InsureAfrika, LipaPlus, ENT-Mobile, Abacus, and SimbaPay. South Africa has three startup-representatives: Edge Books, Bozza and Eco-mc2, while Ghana has two including Ghana’s Zeepay and Flippy Campus.

Egypt also has two: LockName and Raye7. Cameroon features two: Koomza and Feem Wi-Fi; and Zimbabwe also has two startups: IPC eProductivity and RoadRules.

Uganda, Tanzania and Ivory Coast each have one startup in this order respectively: Roundbob, Tango TV, and Airshop.

Francophone Ivory Coast with its Airshop startup company will be featuring in the event for the first time and underscores the expanding ecosystem for Africa’s technology startups.

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