Moderating the Geeks-on-a-plane panel at the Enterprise Africa Summit last month was both an exciting and insightful experience. The panel was made up of a group of Silicon Valley technologists and investors as well as a representative from Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology.
The discussion dissected and evaluated the Ghanaian and West African entrepreneurial ecosystem, from the viewpoint of key actors including incubators, local/foreign investors and entrepreneurs themselves. The fireside chat primarily addressed:
- The Ghanaian entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem: the role of entrepreneurs in impacting communities and economic development, opportunities, challenges.
- Geeks on a Plane: success of GOAP, incentives for going on the tour and learning outcomes.
- Investors: investment opportunities, criteria and experiences.
- ‘Africa rising’ : the role of incubators, capital and resilience in acting as a crucial catalyst for development across the continent. A shift in the African narrative from aid-led solutions to enterprise-led solutions.
On the panel were:
- Dave McClure (Founding Partner of 500 Startups)
- Stephen Ozoigbo (CEO of African Technology Foundation)
- Sam Amaor (CEO, Bluespace Africa)
- Monique Woodward (Venture Partner, 500 Startups)
- Ashwin Ravichandran (General Manager, MEST Incubator)
Founder, Mirepa Capital