The 8th edition of the Africa Fintech Summit is set to hold from November 2-4, 2022, in Cape Town, South Africa, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). This year’s hybrid event supports in-person and virtual participation and will bring together fintech stakeholders from across Africa and the globe.
#AFTSCapeTown2022 will deepen the focus on fostering knowledge sharing, and collaboration between key stakeholders across the African and global fintech value chain. Our priority remains to deliver value through well-organized sessions that cut across panel discussions, keynote addresses, startup exhibitions, networking opportunities, ecosystem tours, and more.
Cape Town, South Africa hosts this edition, and for good reason. South Africa has consistently ranked among the top four fintech ecosystems in Africa and boasts the top infrastructure to power a thriving startup ecosystem. Cape Town, specifically, is a prominent fintech hub and ranks in the top three startup cities in Africa as it houses at least 225 startups, 45.9% of the total active startups in South Africa.
South Africa has also consistently attracted the most funding in Southern Africa, raising over $1.7B since 2019, representing over 95% of the investment secured by startups in the region per a report by Africa, the Big Deal.
With one of Africa’s startup hubs as its destination, the 8th Africa Fintech Summit has lined up several value-driven sessions with an overarching theme; “Africanization of Global Fintech.” The theme which also shaped the conversations in April this year in Washington D.C examines the growth of Africa’s fintech solutions beyond the continent and the resulting impact.
The “Africanization of Global Fintech” theme also shines the spotlight on the growing interest of foreign investors in African fintech, and other notable trends. Specific topics for conversations at the summit include fintech policy and regulation, cross-border payments and remittances, local tech talent, mobile money and interoperability, blockchain and cryptocurrency use cases, corporate venture capital, intra-Africa trade, and more.
Several leading fintech stakeholders are expected to drive the conversations at the summit. Speakers and panelists will include Tosin Eniolorunda, Founder and CEO, Team Apt; Shola Akinlade, Co-Founder and CEO, Paystack; Wiza Jalakasi, VP of Developer Relations, Chipper Cash; Omosalewa Adeyemi, Global Head of Expansion and Partnership, Flutterwave; Djiba Diallo, Senior Fintech Advisor, Ecobank; Miranda Perumal, Senior Director, Head of Digital Partnerships, Fintech, and Ventures, sub-Saharan Africa, Visa; Andres Perez and Lavina Ramkissoon, Co-Founders, Fintech Association of South Africa; Ghita Erling, CEO, Payments Association of South Africa, Clayton Howard, CEO of Ukheshe, and more.
Apart from panel sessions, the summit will also feature another AlphaExpo Micro Accelerator cohort which gives early-stage startups an opportunity to pitch to investors at Africa Fintech Summit, glean knowledge from experienced industry experts, and forge valuable partnerships.
Over 50 startups have gone through the AlphaExpo accelerator between 2018 and 2021, raising more than $200 million in funding. Cohorts have seen participation from some of the fastest-growing African startups including PiggyVest, MarketForce, Yellow Card, PayHippo, and more.
With a slew of activities lined up, Africa Fintech Summit Cape Town contributes significantly as an ecosystem building initiative and supports a growing list of fintech to achieve scale through improved collaboration and knowledge sharing. The summit has seen over 4000 in-person and virtual participants, 200 panelists, and has driven strategic partnerships, policy guideline creation and more.
Speaking on the summit coming to South Africa, H.E. Nomaindiya Mfeketo, South Africa Ambassador to the US, said: “…The Africa Fintech Summit, having financial inclusion at its core and enabling the underserved & underbanked population to enjoy affordable and convenient financial services via innovative technological services, is a very welcome initiative. I would like to welcome the global delegates of AFTS to beautiful South Africa and enjoy delightful conference tourism!”
“We are very pleased to bring AFTS to South Africa, a world leader in Banking & telecom services and one of the top African countries with the most advanced technological ecosystem hubs and sophisticated tech talent. We look forward to welcoming our global delegates and ecosystem players to Cape Town this November, and so collaborative partnerships and initiatives are made towards Africanization of global tech,” said Zekarias Amsalu Dubale, Co-Founder of AFTS, and the Founder & MD of Ibex Frontier.
Do not miss the opportunity to take part in Africa’s largest gathering of fintech entrepreneurs, regulators, and investors. Tickets are still available on the Africa Fintech Summit website and are selling fast. Use the discount code AFTSCapeTown2022 to save 20% on registration.
About Africa Fintech Summit
AFTS is the premier global initiative dedicated to the African fintech ecosystem. AFTS is traditionally hosted in Washington, D.C., each April during the World Bank/IFC annual meeting week and in a different African city each November (most recently Lagos, Addis Ababa, and Cairo). The summit is being held in a hybrid format, in person in the selected Venue in compliance with COVID-19 protocol and global live virtual delegates. The November 2022 summit will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
Supported by an advisory board of thought leaders and fintech pioneers, AFTS is a unique space where innovative ideas are debated, investments mobilized, partnership deals signed, and collaborations formed across sectors and geographies. AFTS is organized in partnership between Washington, D.C. based firms, strategic advisory group, Dedalus Global, and Pan-African consultancy/advisory firm, Ibex Frontier.
Marketing and Communications Lead, Africa Fintech Summit.