The 8th edition of Angel Fair Africa, the must-attend virtual event of choice for business opportunities in the African continent, will feature an all-female investors panel, in line with its 2016 edition, which also featured a women-only investors panel.
The Investors panel cast includes Hannah Subayi, partner of Dazzle Angels, Evelyne Dioh, CEO of WIC Capital, Lelemba Phiri, partner of Enygma Ventures and Maya Famodu, CEO of Ingressive Capital moderated by Salimatou Diallo, partner of SD Avocats.
A second panel, comprised of African female entrepreneurs, will include Magatte Wade, CEO of Skin is Skin, Jamila Zomah, CEO of Africa Dish Out, Isseu Diop Sakho, CEO of Mburu, and Sassoum Niang, CMO of InTouch SA – moderated by Eva Sow, Director of i4Policy.
Eric Osiakwan, the co-founder of Angel Fair Africa and a contributing author on FurtherAfrica, said “The Africa investment and entrepreneurial ecosystem is maturing to the point where we have strong participation of women across the entire value chain, so our all-female panels are meant to showcase this important development”.
As we have previously announced here, the theme of this year’s Angel Fair Africa is “doing deals in a virtual environment”, and it will take place on November 5th, 2020, on the www.virtualconferenceafrica.com platform. It is then very fitting to the overall theme that these all-female panels are highlighted, as they will bring an entirely fresh and outstanding view over the “new normal” we’re currently living in, shedding light on how innovation and business vision can enable deal-making in Africa as we move forward.
To this effect, this year’s investors panellists are actually some of the most active investors during the pandemic, for example Maya Famodu closed her US$10M Seed Fund during the pandemic while Lelemba Phiri, Evelyne Dioh and Hannah Subayi have all made significant investments during the period – their panel would therefore focus on how they did it and the lessons learnt.
The entrepreneur’s panel, on the other hand, is made up of those who have defied the pandemic to grow their businesses like Jamila Zomah whose Africa Dish Out saw 44% growth and Isseu Diop Sakho of Mburu who actually got money during the pandemic – they would be sharing these stories on their panel.
This year’s event will start with a keynote fireside chat with Lucy Quist, author of the book, “The Bold New Normal”. The conversation will centre on situating the bold new normal within the new normal of “virtuality” and how that can enable deal-making in Africa.
Teresa Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Africa.com will follow with a lunchtime keynote fireside chat on how she exemplified the bold new normal by leaving Goldman Sachs in New York, relocating to Johannesburg, South Africa to build Africa.com from the ground up into a media empire, which last year acquired iAfrica.
The day will end with Tim Draper sharing his bold new normal of investing globally from Silicon Valley into companies like Baidu, Tesla, Hotmail, Skype, etc which all redefined their industries.