Rabat – Casablanca will host its first Afrikonnect event in March 2018, offering African startups the opportunity to meet with some leading businesses in the continent.
The event, which will take place from March 22-23rd, is co-organized by Moroccan NGO “StartupYourLife,” and Moroccan-based seed investment firms “Outlierz Ventures” and “LaFactory,” which specialize in accelerating collaboration between tech startups in Africa.
The two-day symposium aims to introduce the best startups to the African market and help them grow quickly and scale-up on new markets.
The event also aims to introduce leading industry players to new growth opportunities through digital mediums, innovation and technology, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
The organizers, which were quoted by MAP, say that Afrikonnect will provide African startups with their own exclusive exposure platforms to help facilitate collaboration with large corporations.
According to Social Net Link, the invitation-only event will convene 200 key business operators, including entrepreneurs, business actors, venture capitalists, and innovation experts from French-speaking and African-anglophone countries, as well from the MENA region.
Kamran Elahian, an Iranian-American chairman and the co-founder of “Global Catalyst Partners,” will also be in attendance.
“We are proud to announce the first edition of Afrikonnect. This event sees itself as a platform for collaboration to connect major African groups and startups on the one hand, and public and private key actors of the region’s and the continent’s ecosystems on the other hand,” said Kenza Lahlou, co-founder of “StartupYourLife” and Managing Partner of the “Outlierz Ventures.”
According to the co-founder, Africa is witnessing a digital transformation and introducing of new economic models, which are notably “redefining the traditional sectors.”
“It is now time for startups and large groups to work hand-in-hand to co-innovate, reveal the future success stories of the continent, and provide large companies with the talents of new entrepreneurs to help reinvent their own industries,” added Lahlou.