By Emeka Aginam
No fewer than thirty technology start-ups would showcase their talents at this year’s Demo Africa Forum billed to happen in Lagos Nigeria, providing them with a launch pad to leapfrog into the global market.
This is as the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has also assured that the forum, a pan-African launch-pad for technology start-up companies, will not only leverage the opportunities of the tech start ups, but also become the continent’s rallying ground to arm technology leaders and entrepreneurs with relevant experience and knowledge to operate successfully.
The DEMO Africa event is scheduled to take place this month in Lagos and is expected to showcase thirty technology start-up companies from across Africa.
Director General of NITDA, Mr. Peter Jack who spoke in Abuja at the weekend, said NITDA was committed to Demo Africa as part of its mandate to youth development. According to him, “Africa is growing in strength and more than any other time in the history of the continent, youths are pointing to the direction of things to come.
Meanwhile, Executive Producer of DEMO Africa, Harry Hare, while commending sponsors of the event, said that “it is actions by different players that will see technology entrepreneurship effectively bringing sustainability to entrepreneurship across Africa,”
NITDA with the Nigerian Ministry of Communication Technology are co-hosts of DEMO Africa in collaboration with LIONS@FRICA and VC4Africa.
NITDA is already promoting eight Nigerian start ups 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 Modelling, Scaling Businesses, Creating an Unfair Advantage, and Raising Capital.