As part of its tradition to drive impactful conversations that lead to the development of Africa, the University of Oxford Africa Society is hosting its 2021 Oxford Africa Conference from May 28-30th, 2021. 

This year’s conference will feature prominent and world-class speakers from across political, social, economic, environmental, health, and technology spectrums, including Dr Toyin Saraki (Founder-President, The Wellbeing Foundation), Jose Massano (Angola’s Central Bank Governor) and Minister Audu Ogbe (Nigeria’s former minister of Agriculture). The conference’s overarching theme is re-asserting Africa’s story and creating opportunities from the prevalent challenges, rather than only discussing them.

In line with this objective, the conference’s Innovation Fair, a five-year-old initiative within the Oxford Africa Conference, will take place on May 28th and 29th, 2021. This year, a cohort of 11 early-stage ventures from over 150 applications have been selected for the Fair. 

These ventures operate in African countries across four sectors critical to the continent’s post-pandemic future: creative (art, fashion, film etc.), education, healthcare, and sustainability. Prior to the Fair, the ventures will conduct strategy with the MBA cohort at Oxford’s Said Business School. For the two days, the companies will receive networking opportunities, masterclasses, and mentorship. The Fair will culminate in a pitch competition where cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

This pitch competition will be live streamed for conference attendees on Saturday, May 29, from 2 to 5 pm. Each pitch will include a 5-minute Q&A session with a judging panel made up of academics and investors connected to the University of Oxford.

To be part of these impactful programs, you can purchase a ticket to the conference here and gain access to world-class speakers and view exciting start-ups reshaping Africa’s future.

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