The sixth Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) will take place at the St. Regis hotel in Cairo, Egypt on November 16th, 2021. The Summit holds as the world heals and evolves from the COVID-19 pandemic and as Africa’s fintech industry begins to hit its inflection point of growth and accelerate its worldwide relevance.
This event will bring together over 70+ different speakers and is expected to garner the largest AFTS audience ever. This past year saw a wave of progress for countless African fintechs, from America’s Stripe acquiring Paystack to the inauguration of Chipper Cash, Flutterwave, and Fawry into the exclusive club of African-born unicorns. As African fintechs are scaling their customer bases and implementing innovative services, AFTS is scaling its reach and audience because the future of the industry in Africa is not bound by the shores of the continent.
AFTSCairo2021 seeks to cover all the major topics and trends driving the advancement of the fintech industry, including:
● Decentralized Finance as both a tool and asset class
● Global expansion of African startups
● Emergence of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC)
● Fintech’s ability to help tackle climate change
● Integration of Islamic finance into fintech
● New focus by foreign investment capital on the continent
● And more!
This year’s Africa Fintech Summit will feature, in partnership with Pegasus Tech Ventures in Silicon Valley, the Startup World Cup regional pitch competition. Startups from across the continent will have the opportunity to compete for a place in the 2022 Startup World Cup Global Final competition where the winner will receive a $1M USD equity investment. The day after the conclusion of the Africa Fintech Summit, on November 17th, 2021, international investors will have the opportunity to participate in this year’s local ecosystem tour. This year’s tour is titled, “Investing in Egyptian Innovation Ecosystem Tour,” and will feature stops at GrEEK Campus in Tahrir Square, American University in Cairo’s Venture Lab, and other sites actively working to strengthen the local fintech community.
“The recent trends in Egypt’s growing digital economy have enabled the country’s emergence as a beacon of fintech innovation across Africa and the Middle East.” Leland Rice, the Founder of the Africa Fintech Summit and CEO & Founder of Dedalus Global continued, “AFTS has tirelessly worked to provide a platform for all stakeholders in fintech on the African continent and we are excited to continue this trend in one of North Africa’s largest and most vibrant cities.”
EFG-EV Fintech is a key partner in AFTSCairo2021 and will be providing targeted insight into the Egyptian fintech ecosystem. Managing Partner of EFG-EV Fintech, Mahmoud El Zohairy stated, “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Africa Fintech Summit for 2021! This year’s summit is a great opportunity for us to showcase to global investors and innovators the immense development and the unrivalled potential of the Egyptian fintech ecosystem.”
Ticket sales are now live directly on the Africa Fintech Summit website! No one knows what the health and travel restrictions will look like in November. AFTS is making all in-person ticket purchases transferable to virtual tickets or fully refundable for up to seven days before the event. Individuals can benefit from early-bird pricing by registering now and making travel decisions later, risk free.
AFTS is the premiere 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 and Addis Ababa). In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, AFTS has elected this year to host a single-day summit in Cairo, Egypt.
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.
This year’s AFTS is organized in partnership between Washington, D.C., strategic advisory group Dedalus Global and Pan-African investment advisory firm Ibex Frontier.
Andrew W. Barden
Director of Insights, Dedalus Global
Lead Organizer, Africa Fintech Summit