DEMO Africa in Morocco: Looking forward to the next couple of years

LIONS@FRICA
Mar 30, 2018 · 4 min read

The time has come for the regional ecosystem in North Africa to attain global relevance, and we are glad that the Kingdom of Morocco is hosting our Pan-African technology showcase over the next two years.

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Why Morocco, why now?

Ecosystem Development

With huge support from our founding partners at Microsoft 4 Afrika, our ecosystem engagement led us to the fantastic work being done by organisations like Technopark, LaFactory, Outlierz Ventures, Creativity at Work, VBS and the Maroc Numeric Fund. We were also quite thrilled to see the forward thinking actions of firms like H7 that have focused squarely on scaling startups across the African ecosystem to become global players.With the OCP Foundation, we are excited to have a Pan-African ecosystem leader with roots in Morocco, and a strategic roadmap that fits perfectly with ours.

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Lions@frica Managing Partner Stephen Ozoigbo flanked by Lamiae Benmakhlouf(TechnoPark), Tarik Hilali (Microsft 4 Afrika) and Khalid Machchate(SOS Sante)

Public Sector Support

Francophone Inclusion

Data available from OIF Researchers estimate that there are 200 million French-speakers in the world and that nearly half on them live in Africa. With 96.2 million Africans speaking French at the moment, the report estimates that rising rates of literacy and birth rates mean there could be 700 million Frenc-speakers in the world by 2050. With this in mind, the next two editions of DEMO Africa will pay particular attention to the recruitment and assessment of viable ventures from francophone regions of the continent.

Corporate Innovation

Within the Moroccan ecosystem, Inwi runs an annual Impact Camp program. The week-long bootcamp is geared towards coaching a number of local startups around a specific theme or industry vertical. Comparatively, in their continued support of the ecosystem, Orange recently launched a new co-working space, StartOn, with a focus on supporting startups across a myriad of target industries.

The 4th Industrial Revolution

From big data to machine learning, the fusion of technological breakthroughs in the physical and digital spheres is changing the most fundamental tools and techniques of human interaction, and the net effects on the African continent will be no different from any other developing markets.

DEMO Africa will offer the next generation of African innovators an opportunity to showcase their solutions, and we are glad to be calling Morocco our home over the next two years.

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