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Africa Tech Start-Up Forum Launched to Promote Growth

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Vusi Melane
Vusi Melane
Staff Writer

The African Tech Startup Forum- ATSF is a pilot collaboration of 3 key international partners Catalyze, Ndarama Works, and Korea Startup Forum, supported by leading tech incubation training partner, UVU Africa. It is funded by the Korea Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Trust Fund through the African Development Bank- AfDB’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab.

This initiative aims to train and connect 160 African tech ventures from eight African countries, namely Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa.


This is a pilot project that will be implemented in specific phases according to Managing Director for Catalyze, Rex Bowden. “We will start this pilot project with 8 countries first. This is for reasons of managing it well financially under a small group of countries and to be able to provide a desired output with adequate objectives. The scope at the launched focused on Resource Allocation, Strategic Impact Feasibility, Learning and Adaptation, Partnership Opportunities and Proof of Concepts.”

Fostering growth

This program is free to join and does not take any equity. They are solely focused on fostering the growth of the African tech ecosystem. Additionally, the top 20 participants will have their travel expenses covered for a two-week study tour in Korea in December, where they will have the opportunity to connect with investors.

“The’ll be 2 Cohorts. A shortlist of 20 Tech ventures will be made from the 160 of the 8 countries. That will be followed by 120 days of training, a trip to Korea. In Korea, the travelers- Tech ventures that are shortlisted will get an opportunity to meet potential investors. The’ll be 2 demo days and an Investor Day. ” added Bowen


Candidate Manager for Africa Tech Startup Forum, Penny Persadh says they have 4 partners. “This initiative is supported by a partnership of 3. Each partner has its own responsibilities. There is Ndarama Works, Korea Start Up Forum- KSF and Catalyze.”

Ndarama Works is an economic development consultancy that nurtures innovative business ecosystems. Korea Start Up Forum (KSF) stands as Korea’s largest startup membership organization and also organizes the Come-Up Korea Event. UVU Africa is dedicated to promoting inclusive growth in the African digital economy through business incubation, acceleration, skills development, and the establishment of specialized innovation clusters across the continent. Catalyze specializes in international events and business matchmaking as an engagement agency.

Persadh concludes by saying that they are excited about this forum and start- ups are awarded more time to register. “Deadline for applications has been extended till the 10 May 2024. Potential applicants can visit our website.”


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