MBTN Accelerating Ideas Conference


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This full day conference will provide inspiration, education and practical advice to entrepreneurs on methods to scale their businesses, evaluate funding options and engage with the investor community. The event will feature a funding pitch competition, discussions and workshops from industry experts & investors, networking opportunities and more.

There will be talks from notable speakers, panel discussions and other sessions that will give entrepreneurs the tools to take their businesses to the next level.

The pitch competition, will give entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their ideas to investors in the room, with the winner walking away with a cash prize, and much needed investor feedback.

There will be opportunities for VC firms, Angel Investor Networks and other business funders to talk about their organisations, and how they support entrepreneurs.

Confirmed Speakers

• Adabara Abdullahi – Partner, MBTN Connect

• Franklin Amoo – Partner, Baylis Emerging Markets

• Chandan Raja – Founder, Parallel AI

• Dele Akinyemi – Investment Associate, MMC Ventures

• Matthew Rowell, Head of Fundraising/ Partnerships, SeedLegals

• Hephzi Pemberton, CEO Equality Group

• Justin Onuekwusi, Head of Retail Multi Asset Funds, Legal & General Investment Management

• Omosuyi Omojole - Head of Legal and Chief of Staff at Anergi Holding Company

• Nzube Ufodike – Head of Investments, Wayra UK

• Bryan Mezue - Co-Founder, LifeStores Pharmacy


08:00 - 09:30 Registration and Breakfast

09:30 - 09:35 Welcome Address

09:35 - 10:40 StartUp Pitch Contest: Session One

10:40 - 11:05 Talk: How to innovate in Africa and build partnerships to take ideas to reality

11:05 - 11:30 Talk: Recent trends in Blockchain, AI and Fintech in the African market

11:30 - 11:50 - Break

11:50 - 12:50 - StartUp Pitch Contest: Session Two

12:50 - 13:50 - Lunch break

13:50 - 14:15 - Talk: Fundraising Strategies for Entrepreneurs

14:15 - 14:45 - Talk: Investing in Female and Minority Founded Businesses

14:45 - 15:25 - Talk: How to build a socially-conscious and sustainable business

15:25 - 15:40 - Break

15:40 - 16:40 - StartUp Pitch Contest: Final

16:40 - 17:10 - Talk: Building at Scale - Taking an idea and delivering cross border success

17:10 - 17:30 - StartUp Pitch Contest Results and Award Ceremony

17:30 - 17:50 - Closing remarks

17:50 - 20:00 - Networking & Drinks

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