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African Fintech Summit, DC. 2022: The Foremost Fintech Event in Africa is set for April 21st

The Africa Fintech Summit is returning for its 7th edition in Washington, D.C., on April 21, 2022, at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Centre. 

Since its inception in 2018, The Africa Fintech Summit has gathered innovators, regulators, investors, global industry leaders, and stakeholders to foster ecosystem-building conversations, knowledge sharing, and collaboration opportunities for the growth of Africa’s fintech ecosystem. 

Voted the most engaging event of the World Bank Spring Series, the Africa Fintech Summit has featured over 100 high-impact plenary, closed-door, and networking sessions and has hosted over 4000 in-person and virtual attendees and more than 200 panelists.

In 2021, with Egypt attracting mammoth fintech investments and having recorded its first unicorn in Fawry the previous year, it made sense to choose Cairo as the destination for the sixth edition of the Africa Fintech Summit. The hybrid event saw over 1500 virtual participants from 31 countries and 391 in-person attendees representing over $2.5 billion in private equity and venture capital. 

Attendees at AFTS Cairo represented over 200 African and global institutions such as Google, IBM, Amazon, Flutterwave, Fawry, Paystack, to mention a few. The 15 insight-driven sessions featured high-value speakers, from government officials to multinational executives, grassroots accelerators to global investors, and more. Here’s a playlist of the most insightful moments from the Cairo Edition.

So far, all six editions have produced impressive results, including over $40 million in capital raise efforts for African startups, facilitating strategic business partnerships, market entry for multinational corporations looking to enter the regional fintech market, the collaboration of African financial regulators, and more. Validated by these outcomes and backed by African and global fintech stakeholders, the Africa Fintech Summit is back in Washington D.C, on April 21st, 2022, for the third time and seventh edition.

The theme for this year’s summit is “The Africanization of Global Fintech.” This will cover; the legitimization of African fintech as a global asset class, the expansion of African fintech beyond the continent, and the “Africanization” of the sector through an increased focus on homegrown tech talent and locally-sourced funding. 

With over 60 Trend-Defining Speakers and 400+ Attendees from 40+ Countries projected to be in attendance, AFTSDC2022 promises to be the perfect stage for these conversations. Amongst those expected to speak at the event are; Mike Ogbalu, CEO, Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPPS), Djiba Diallo, Senior Fintech Advisor, Ecobank, Tosin Eniolorunda, CEO TeamApt, Ray Youssef, CEO and Co-Founder, Paxful, Odunayo Eweniyi, Co-Founder & COO, Piggyvest, Ham Serunjogi, CEO, Chipper Cash, Zach Bijesse, Co-Founder & CEO, Payhippo, Chris Maurice, CEO, Yellow Card, Chike Ukaegbu, Head of Crypto Strategy in Emerging Markets at Visa, and more.

As usual, AFTS has lined up a slew of value-laden sessions attendees can look forward to, including:

  • 12 Live Discussion Panels and Roundtables exploring Africa’s Technological Inflection Point, Diaspora Banking and Remittance, VC Trends across Africa, Digital Banking, Web 3, Cryptocurrency, Fintech Regulatory Best Practices, and more.
  • Catered Networking Lunch
  • Startup Exhibition
  • 2022 AFTS Awards and more

Speaking about a previous AFTS meeting, Olu Oyinsan, VP of Investments, Ingressive Capital, said, “I haven’t been to a more impactful event geared towards facilitating stakeholder conversations, investments, and policy frameworks around the fintech space in Africa in a long time. I was able to take away fresh perspective, actionable insights, and new business relationships from the summit. I would highly recommend the AFTS to anyone in this space.” The organizers of this latest event will certainly hope it has similar effects on attendees.

Join other innovators, startups, corporations, tech companies, investors, and regulators as they share knowledge and zoom in on the trends and opportunities informing the direction of fintech in Africa. The hybrid format of this year’s edition ensures that attendees can participate in person or online.  Seats are fast selling out, get your in-person/virtual tickets at the event’s website.

Africa’s Premier Fintech Event Returns to Cairo this November

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.

About AFTS:

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.

Media contact:

Andrew W. Barden

Director of Insights, Dedalus Global

Lead Organizer, Africa Fintech Summit