Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
2-4 OCT 2019

This event is organized by the GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation
towards investing in Africa’s future in collaboration with the
Land of African Business.

We are joining hands because we believe that collaboration is the key to creating more value for African entrepreneurs and enablers who are shaping African entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems. 

The goal of #EOM is to catalyze actions towards supporting and investing in African entrepreneurs so that they can grow and scale their businesses. In doing so, we look beyond the borders of countries and regions. We are inclusive to startups and supporters from across Africa. We believe it is only through collaboration beyond borders that we can harness Africa’s full potential.

We are a non-profit organization founded with the mission of promoting investment in African entrepreneurship. We believe that there is an unrealized potential in African entrepreneurship. And we believe that we can harness this potential by stronger collaboration between entrepreneurs, investors and institutions. 

We see that entrepreneurs can be strong drivers of sustainable development and inclusive growth. Many of their solutions and business approaches are tackling economic and societal challenges. In addition, every successful business creates job – jobs that are needed for Africa’s youth. So we see aspiring and driven entrepreneurs as a blessing for the continent and do our best to unlock their potential from two sides: 

1. We support startups directly through strategic recommendations, matchmaking and competitions in which we support financially or function as judges to identify the rising stars of Africa and connect them with existing opportunities. 

2. We have realized that there is a lack of awareness among investors about African entrepreneurship ecosystems. So we take the time to share relevant insights with investors about their opportunities on the continent. In addition, we gather knowledge through research on African entrepreneurship in order to shed more light on Africa’s successful startups and how to better work with them.

With the aim of becoming a major player in the change of perception for African youth, le LAB seeks to promote inclusive initiatives on the African continent in vital areas such as: fintech, agro-business, education, ICT, energy, transport. The model of sharing knowledge and expertise allows the African continent to become what it should be! The African Rethink Awards (ARAs) are a unique startup competition which has been providing a platform to showcase young entrepreneurs with innovative initiatives. ARAs also offers opportunities to mobilize resources to further developed companies of the selected entrepreneurs.

Connect with High level stakeholders
Get inspired and build capacity through Masterclasses and workshops
Demonstrate Inclusivity through Female Empowerment
Meet investors


Connect With High Level Stakeholders

High level stakeholders representing private and public sectors together with African entrepreneurs and key enablers/influencers will be present at #EOM. Voices of entrepreneurs must be heard by decision makers and entrepreneurs and ecosystem players need to know what the big players are planning. By having high level representatives present, a fruitful exchange will be possible and synergies will be elaborated for potential future collaborations.

Workshops & Masterclasses

We want to make sure that every participant will leave the event saying: “Being here has enriched me, my business or my organization”. So instead of talking we will be doing! In hands-on-workshops and masterclasses with experienced trainers, mentors and coaches who will work on solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.

Female Empowerment

Female entrepreneurs have proven to be successful, driven and have the highest impact on their environment when the business is running well. Knowing this, we put a specific emphasis on female entrepreneurs and how they can be shapers of Africa’s future. In dedicated sessions we elaborate the role of women in business on the African continent and how to further broaden opportunities towards financial inclusion.

Meet Investors

GCAF established a club of Investors and some members of this club from Europe plan to attend the event and meet local entrepreneurs, enablers and influencers. This is a great opportunity which could lead to potential business deals or win-win partnerships.


Emmanuel Esmel Essis

Secretary of State to the Prime Minister in charge of promoting private investment, Côte d’Ivoire

Secretary of State Emmanuel Esmel Essis has over 35 years of experience in the private sector, serving, among other positions, as Managing Director of the Equatorial Coca Cola Bottling Company (ECCBC) for Guinea, The Gambia and Guinea Bissau as well as Director of Amsey’s International Consulting (AIC). Next to his current position as Secretary of State and Managing Director of the CEPICI (Center for Investment Promotion in Côte d’Ivoire) he is the President of the International Network of Francophone Investment Promotion Agencies (RIAFPI).

Ethel Cofie

Founder Women in Tech Africa, Ghana

Ethel Cofie is the founder of Women in Tech Africa, an organization with a focus on entrepreneurship expansion and multiplying the numbers of females in technology especially in Africa. It is Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and in the diaspora. It is still growing and is the 2018 UN Equals in Tech Award Winner, Leadership Category. She is also an Africa Digital Expert, CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting, an IT Consulting Company in West Africa and Europe, and was recently named IT Consulting Firm of the year by the Telecoms and IT Industry. She holds an Distributed System from Brighton University, UK and a BSc. in Computer Science, from Valley View University, Ghana.

Euphrasie Kouassi Yao

Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire

Euphrasie Kouassi Yao is Special Adviser to the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire in charge of gender equality and the only female UNESCO chairholder in Côte d’Ivoire. Formerly, she served as Minister for Women, Family and Child Protection.
Mrs. Kouassi Yao is a graduate of the MDE / IESE of Barcelona and the developer of the Compendium of Female Competencies of Côte d’Ivoire, an internationally renowned platform of more than 15 thousand women. The organization motivates women, provides education and promotes integration of women and girls and uses its influence to maintain a peaceful environment.

Petra Wolkenstein

CEO, Konsultori, Austria

Petra Wolkenstein is an experienced Mergers & Acquisitions expert in the technology field. She advises start-ups and mid-sized companies on growth topics covering international market entry, partnerships, negotiations and buying (selling) companies and getting investors on board. She is managing director of Konsultori, the experts for sustainable business development and runs an international platform to get start-ups investor-ready.

Awa Thiam

Founder, Lifantou, Senegal

Determined to improve the living conditions of children, Awa Thiam has been involved in humanitarian missions for more than a decade. “I quickly became aware of the realities in rural areas and the needs of our brothers and sisters”. As a telecommunications engineer, I decided to put my technical expertise at the service of these children, in Senegal and in Africa”. A social entreprise that address school feeding program. Her solution links Farmers and school thanks to a Geographic Information System. Awa’s work has been recognized by international challenges as the Young African Leadership Initiative of President Obama, The Agri Startup Summit in France, the Woman In Africa Initiative and the Tony Elumelu Foundation ( Largest African Philantropic initiative). The Lifantou platform is now opened and counts 75 farmers for the beginning of the new school year. Awa’s goal is to bring one managed meal every day to each children.

Jasmijn Bleijerveld

CEO, Jasmine Bee, Netherlands/Tanzania

Jasmijn Bleijerveld is founder and CEO of Jasmine Bee, an environmental social enterprise with the aim to create a Tanzanian organic forest honey brand to sell for premium prices on the world honey market. Tanzania is breathtakingly beautiful and rich in its biodiversity. Yet it is heavily under pressure due to a fast growing population, overgrazing and deforestation. Beekeeping is one of the few agro-forestry activities that does not negatively impact the environment. On the contrary: it increases the yield of agricultural products and it increases biodiversity. Jasmine’s passion for nature (conservation) and for local products is the foundation of Jasmine Bee. To date Jasmine Bee has contracted 1,000 local beekeepers with hives in a primeval forest the size of 2/3 of Belgium, set-up the honey flow for 3 processing facilities, and has 60t of organic certified honey ready for export to the EU and Canada.”

Thomas Festerling

CEO, GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation, Germany

Thomas Festerling has more than 10 years experience in the financial sector, inter alia as Head of Product Management at the Deutsche Bank (DB). In the middle of his successful career he decided to apply his wealth of financial expertise towards work with more direct impact and co-founded GreenTec Capital Partners where he serves as CFO. Since 2018 he is also the CEO of GreenTec Capital Africa Foundation.

Kamal Yakub

Startup Founder, TroTro Tractor, Ghana

Kamal Yakub is a passionate entrepreneur with 11 years of corporate accounting and marketing experience. He is driven by the vision to solve peculiar problems in agriculture through the usage of ICT and IoT tools. With TroTro Tractor he founded the socalled “Uber for Tractors”, providing farmers access to machinery to mechanize their farms and increase productivity.

Erick Yong

CEO and Co-Founder, GreenTec Capital Partners, Germany

Erick became an entrepreneur and strategic consultant immediately after his studies, building his track record of launching and scaling up new business concepts. He is a specialist in international marketing strategies, implementing brand strategies, marketing plans and communication campaigns. Together with Thomas Festerling he co-founded GreenTec Capital Partners and co-developed the unique investment approach that combines funding, knowledge transfer, and capacity building for African Startups.

Quentin Rukingama

Managing Partner, JBQ Africa, Kenya

Quentin is Managing Partner at JBQ Africa, an Impactful Agribusiness Advisory Support firm. During his career he has been contributing to the provision of access to investments and loans for African companies. He is an active Member of a Pan-African Think Tank – Club Diallo Telli – dedicated to tackle developmental issues through thought-provoking recommendations.

Dario Giuliani

Founder, BriterBridges,
United Kingdom

Dario is the founder of Briter, a data-driven company focused on innovative ecosystem across emerging markets. He works at the intersection of technology, private sector development, and fast-growing economies and has spent a large part of his career across
Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe, collaborating with organizations such as the GSMA, DFID, Oxford University,
MEST and the IFC.

Henri Nyakarundi

Startup Founder, ARED, Rwanda

Henri Nyakarundi is a native Rwandan who moved to the US in 1996 to study computer science.After graduation he soon realized that a 9-5 was not his calling, and he was an entrepreneur at heart. Over the next 10 years he founded and developed trucking and construction businesses in both the US and Burundi. However, the green sector is his true passion. He has been developing ARED for the past three years, and as of 2013 has returned to Rwanda to startup this company full time.

For over 10 years, Henri has been a well-respected voice on entrepreneurship in Africa, renewable energy, innovation & technology impact and more.

Atanas L. Mluki

CEO, AfriLife Products Limited, Kenya

Atanas L. Mluki is the founder and CEO of AfriLife Products Limited. He was born in Kabila village, Tabora municipal a famous traditional bee keeping area in western Tanzania. He learnt and practiced the basics of beekeeping from his grandparents, parents and fellow villagers from early childhood. In 2013, he co-founded AfriLife Products Ltd, a company with a mission to empower traditional beekeepers economically and technically by promoting biodiversity through sustainable bee keeping. He is a certified team leader of AfriLife HACCP team, an international food safety processing assurance procedure certification currently held by only two persons in Tanzania. In 2015 he represented AfriLife to attend the International Apimondia (an international bee keepers and stakeholders organization) held in Arusha Tanzania. In 2016 he was selected by ConnecttoGrow UK, DFID program to represent Tanzania to attend a seminar on sustainable bee keeping in India. He is the CEO of AfriLife, a company recognized for production of a leading brand of
bee honey in Tanzania

David Erhun

International Development and Global Talent Scout at thecamp, France

 With an eclectic mix of experiences behind him, David heads up International Development and is a Global Talent Scout at thecamp, a brand new campus dedicated to supporting social innovation and emerging technology in the South of France. With a background in international development and a keen interest in supporting innovation ecosystems around the world, he contributes to the curation of the HIVE International Creative Collaborative residency programme and the selection of 20 bright young creatives each year. David has worked closely with the Berlin based Westerwelle Foundation to establish a large-scale innovation hub and makerspace in the heart of Kigali, Rwanda. The Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali opened its doors in late 2018.


Day 1

Entrepreneurs’ Capacity  Building/Coaching workshops:
Mass Communication on Social Media Communication Strategy Investors Insight

09.30 – 18:30

Event Opening: Startups Track

10:00 –

Launching “Plateforme
Franco- Fil”


Leading African Women

16.00 –

Keynote address

17:30 –

Official opening dinner

19:30 –

Day 2

Official Opening of the Pan

African Event #EntrepreneursOnTheMove 2019 Welcome & Event Overview


Why invest in #EntrepreneursOnTheMove?
Why Now?

10:10 – 10:30

Keynote address: Mobilizing investments for local entrepreneurs, paving the road for Africa’s prosperous future

10:30 – 11:00

Keynote address: Catalyzing inclusive investments in Africas’ Future: A visionary perspective on Africa 2050

11:00 – 11:20 

Insights from the Youth

11:20 – 11:30

Plenary 1: Demystifying investment in African entrepreneurship – How to close the gap between investors and African startups

11:30 – 12:40

Presentation: Investment Guides for African ecosystems: Côte D’Ivoire

12:40 – 13:15

Performance: Live music

12:45 – 13:45

Investment Readiness Masterclass
African Rethink Awards Pitches

14.00 – 18:15

MC: Wrap-up of Day
End of Conference Day 2

18:15 – 18:20

Awards Ceremony: African Rethink Awards 2019 (ARA
Dinner and Networking End of Day 2

20:30 – 22:00

Day 3

Welcoming and recap of Day 2


Keynote address: Taking the bull by the horns – Investing in fast entrepreneurship for Africa


YOUTH #EntrepreneursOnTheMove: Dreaming big and chasing the money

09:30 – 10:30


10:30 – 10:45

Innovation solving global problems: a case study of

10:50 – 11:05

Achieving SDGs by providing inclusive access to investments to unlock Africa’s future:
Investing in Africas’
female-led startups

11:10 – 13:00

Performance: Live music

13:15 – 14:30

Parallel Interactive Sessions:
• Investing in the green revolution
• Investing for tomorrow
• Ecosystem Enablers Roundtable

14:30 – 16:00

Parallel Interactive Startup Sessions Continue:
• Investing in circular economy
• Empowerment tools
for women



17:30 – 17:45

We thank our sponsors and partners and look forward to working with you towards promoting investment in Africa’s future.

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