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Sunday, March 15 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Risk and Return of African Startups

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Across the globe, investing in tech startups has become the new ‘gold rush’ for finding the next big idea and emerging markets are no different. In Africa, Mpesa has become a popular story among impact investors and Afro-optimists as a sign of African innovation and proof that disruptive ideas can come from anywhere. But are investors ready to bet big on tech startups in emerging markets? Or are we still waiting for the next Infosys or Alibaba to really excite western interests?
This session will address the following questions: Is there too much hype around tech startups in emerging markets? Are emerging markets ready for angel investment and/or venture capital? Would you invest your own money in emerging markets?
Presented by infoDev / World Bank Group

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Angela Bekkers

Sr Communications Officer, infoDev/World Bank Group
Angela Bekkers is Communications Team Lead with infoDev / World Bank Group and focuses on the program's communications and external relations. Before infoDev, Angela worked as a communications specialist with the Education for All - Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI), a global partnership... Read More →
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Omar Cisse

GM, Teranga Capital
M. Omar CISSE is the General Manager of an SME investment fund which will be officially launched in 2015 in Senegal. He was the General Manager of CTIC Dakar, the first and leading incubator in francophone West Africa dedicated to IT and mobile entrepreneurs. He is passionate about... Read More →
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Tahira Dosani

Dir of Portfolio Engagement, Accion
Tahira Dosani is the Director of Portfolio Engagement at Accion Venture Lab, working with the fund’s portfolio companies to accelerate their growth. Venture Lab is a seed-stage impact investing initiative that provides capital and expertise to early-stage businesses that leverage... Read More →
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Oltac Unsal

Senior Advisor, infoDev/The World Bank Group
Oltac Unsal advises governments and various groups at the World Bank on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. An expert on and a practitioner of innovative financing methods, Oltac previously led infoDev's (a global multi-donor innovation, technology and entrepreneurship program... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K

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