About Us - AfricArena

About us

What Is AfricArena?

AfricArena is a conference positioned as a bridge between international technology stalwarts and African technology innovators. The brainchild of Silicon Cape and La French Tech Cape Town, AfricArena was born so investors, venture capitalists, startups, entrepreneurs and all industry leaders could connect. While the conference provides an invaluable opportunity to learn and be inspired by the best, it’s the connections made between ideas-makers and financial gurus that’ll forge ongoing success throughout Africa.

AfricArena presents the perfect opportunity for those from all corners of the global technology industry to showcase their ability to accelerate innovation throughout Africa.
By joining us you can expect to connect directly with investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, startups, thought leaders and pioneers. You’re given the opportunity to collaborate with the cream of the crop in the tech sector. This is a platform on which to find new ventures, pitch ideas and win crowdfunding.
AfricArena boasts an expansive Xperience area where you can take advantage of ample exposure to a sophisticated audience of your peers, your future market and your competitors. By displaying your company and highlighting your competitive edge, you’re bound to attract investment and collaboration.
Investors and startups can win with AfricArena. We’ve created investment sponsorship opportunities in the form of Challenges. Companies are invited to sponsor a challenge which calls on startups to create a solution to a problem identified within the sponsor company’s operation. Each challenge will pre-select three startups from the entries and they will take part in the Arena Battle during which they’ll pitch their solutions to the sponsor company.

What happened
in 2017?

The first AfricArena conference took place in 2017 and represented an opportunity to explore tomorrow’s trends while unleashing some of the continent’s best startups and innovators.

The event brought together key figures in the international and African tech innovation ecosystem with the aim of promoting African Tech excellence. AfricArena 2017 saw 450+ attendees watching over 40 speakers and witnessing more than 2 million US dollars’ worth of deals being made.

The two-day conference paired more than 80 of Africa’s best startups with over 100 investors from across the globe, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really showcase Africa’s innovation talent.


9 Attendees
6 Speakers
7 Investors
5 Media
6 Countries

2018 Speakers

2018 Startups

The Team

Christophe Viarnaud Managing Director
Adrien Maire Event Coordinator - Startup & Tour Manager
Julie Hatchuel Event & Production manager - Art Director

Find us

Cape Townn, South Africa
The WaterClub, Nautica Building Suite 1B Beach Road, Granger Bay 8005 Cape Town South Africa
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