Preparations for the 2015 edition of DEMO Africa are in full gear as Lagos has won the bid to again host the global event for the second year in a row. The event dates have been confirmed as 24th and 25th of September at the Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos.
40 start-ups from across Africa will have the opportunity to showcase their innovations on the DEMO Africa platform. And of course, the influx of new innovations is expected to prompt the attending audience of potential investors, IT buyer and consumers.
“We are pleased that DEMO Africa will be hosted in Nigeria for the second time. DEMO Africa provides a veritable platform for young Nigerian and African youths to showcase their creativity and innovation and push Africa’s frontier in the global space”, said The Minister of Communication Technology, Dr. (Mrs.) Omobola Johnson.
Over ten start-ups - Nerve, Chura, Paysail, Spacepointe, Irofit, Hutbay, and Cube - that participated in last year’s edition have already secured investment opportunities; while others are in advanced negotiation stages.
Applications for the event will open in late February. These applications will be vetted by a panel of judges including Tech and Business experts who will shortlist the best forty applicants.
The event, co-hosted by DEMO Africa, The Ministry of Communication Technology-Federal Government of Nigeria, and National Information Technology Agency-Nigeria in collaboration with LIONS@FRICA partnership, VC4Africa and Afrilabs, will include a host of other activities including an investor roundtable forum, LIONS@FRICA Summit and a bootcamp.