From 3 to 6 February 2014 took place at the palace of the National Assembly of Cape Verde, the first Africa Innovation Summit (AIS Cabo Verde 2014). This summit that bring together all innovators, researchers, and African entrepreneurs and investors, benefited from the commitment of “IDEAS For Cape Verde,” which worked hugely for the successful of the Summit, through the presence of its President-Founder and Executive Director Mahugnon Serge Djohy in organizing committee.
The Africa Innovation Summit bring together entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, policy makers and re¬searchers in one place to conduct an extensive dialogue on innovation in Africa. It is a catalyst event, an integral part of a much broader effort to speed up the growth of innovation in Africa at the level of policy and at the level of entrepreneurs.
Africa’s recent growth holds new promise. More importantly, Africans are innovating, even if few inside and outside Africa are noticing. The Summit explored and exchanged ideas on how best to promote innovation on the continent; to showcase emerging innovation centres on the continent; to link entrepreneurs for professional networking and entrepreneurs with potential investors.
The Summit launched a process to critically review what is happening and how to learn from the emerging African experiences, what the challenges are, and how best to build robust innovation systems in African countries.
The Summit leaded practical recommendations for the various stakeholders on how best to build a more propitious environment for innovation on the continent. The summit was also an opportunity for the presentation of the Seed Africa Innovation Fund and the Seed Africa Start-up Accelerator, to begin to contribute to addressing challenges hindering innovation and innovative entrepreneurs on the conti¬nent.
– Serge Djohy
Country Director of IDEAS For Cape Verde