TechCrunch has announced its agenda for the upcoming Disrupt San Francisco event scheduled to take place from September 5th to 7th 2018. When you take a look at the agenda, you’ll notice – on the last day of the event – a segment that’s focused on Africa.
Themed “The Future of African Tech with Tayo Oviosu (Paga),” it is set to focus and shade more light on Africa’s, steadily, growing startup landscape.
“Elite members of Africa’s startup landscape like Paga Payments chief executive Tayo Oviosu talk to us about the challenges and opportunities in one of the newest (and most exciting) emerging markets for tech entrepreneurship,” read the caption.
Apart from Tayo, other key figures across the continent are expected to join though not yet announced. The caption added that “others [speakers who’ll join Tayo are] to be announced” as it is TechCrunch’s ‘policy’ to “keep a couple [of] tricks up our sleeves”.
Though, notable investors – especially those that have backed companies like Andela, Flutterwave, Cellulant and more – with noticeable ticket sizes – should be expected to be among those invited to join Tayo Oviosu.
TechCrunch is slowly taking interest in Africa. First was through their Startup Battlefield organized last year in Nairobi with Facebook, which was followed by a monthly round-up of activities on the continent on their blog.
Earlier this year, they also held a meet and greet in Lagos and Ghana.
Combined and the upcoming Startup Battlefield in Lagos, one can conclude that their interest in the continent has matured.
Beyond TechCrunch’s interest, the African startup landscape has also scored some notable notches at various events across the world this year.
At South by Southwest, African startups had a fair share of recognition – with Tayo Oviosu also present. Additionally, the recently concluded VivaTech in Paris also accommodated the African startup scene on its agenda.