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Opportunity Knocks at AfricaCom 2013 – Entrepreneurs Incubator Hub (EIH)

EIH is a fresh and open think-tank led by some of the most successful ICT entrepreneurs who want to share their journey with the aim of easing the passage for new entrepreneurs.

Following the success of the inaugural 2012 event, AfricaCom will host the Entrepreneurs Incubator Hub (EIH) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) again this November. Discussing such topics as the state of innovation and investment in Africa, why funding is so difficult to access and what can be done to facilitate this needed investment in digital start-ups, the event will deliver insight, knowledge and some solutions to many of the questions entrepreneurs have in this regard.

The ICT technology sector in Africa is currently one of the most innovative and fastest developing business sectors. However, while ideas abound for how technology can radically change or enhance people’s lives, making those ideas a reality and getting them funded is what’s critical.

As we become more reliant on big data and data technology and live more of our lives online, the need for new software increases. From solutions that allow doctors to look at patient graphs and details on their phones to apps that give you up to date travel information, where there’s a gap, there’s sure to be a technology based solution to fill it.

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and what then?

A recent article in Forbes magazine cited that the top two industries for entrepreneurs in the next decade were technology based. Harvard University recently compiled data that showed that there is no age barrier to being an entrepreneur. In fact, the average age of a successful entrepreneur in high-growth industries such as computers, health care, and aerospace is 40 and twice as many successful entrepreneurs are over 50 as they are under 25. But, before risking everything on an idea, it is a good idea to consider whether you have the key attributes to be a successful entrepreneur. If you have what it takes in terms of guts and innovation, then there will be a need to know how to ask for funding or know what kind of funding options are available (if bootstrapping is not an option).

Attending events like EIH is an essential component in preparing budding entrepreneurs. Not only does EIH give advice about potential pitfalls and funding options, but it also assists delegates in negotiating the perils of starting a new business. Gone are the days when everyone kept their knowledge and learning to themselves. EIH is a fresh and open think-tank led by some of the most successful ICT entrepreneurs who want to share their journey with the aim of easing the passage for new entrepreneurs.


For Media accreditation at AfricaCom 2013, please email the following details to Elize Engle with subject line: Media Accreditation

1. Full name and surname
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3. Your publication/channel/radio station
4. Designation/Title e.g. Editor, Tech Journalist
5. Particular interest at AfricaCom 2013


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