Africa is shining, and we are dazzled. With the continent producing the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs; it has naturally become the best choice for opportunists. Well, there is nothing wrong in being an opportunist; most of us are! This burgeoning ecosystem has also attracted voices and opinions of those who are concealing the reality; while ignoring the ideas of those who matter.
So many events, awards, fireside chats?
Within the last six months of our journey, we realised that there were gazillions of events happening across the continent quite oblivious of the fact where we are headed to as a continent. WeeTracker, with this event, intends to bring the attention of all the critical stakeholders towards this hyper-growth, that we as a continent is experiencing. While we respect all the enablers and appreciate the value and awareness they are creating, the importance of crucial components of follow-ups and hyper-growth is dimmed by speakers line up & panel discussions.
WeeTracker, don’t speak much, show us what you can do?
In our mission to participate in Africa’s aspirational growth story, we figured that Africa would not grow as ONE. We need to start looking at things from a micro level. First thing first, we learned, we must regionalise our efforts. We would be doing it the East, West, South, North way. For example, The kickass and amazing VCs in South Africa are veterans in their region but would they know about the digital payments consumer landscape in Nairobi as much as our VC friends in Kenya, NO.
We also feel that regionalising efforts on the part of the continent look like a step towards weaving the continent story together. Hence, you will see city-wise micro engagements by WeeTracker very soon.
Presenting, ‘BRIDGE’, by WeeTracker and our partner, Leapfrog Ventures
One of the key strengths of the WeeTracker founding team is the global network we have in Japan, China, the US amongst other ecosystems and we have put things on full throttle to expose synergies and work with the network.
A telephonic conversation on the engagement landscape only took 30 minutes for us and Leapfrog to figure on what should be done. And VOILA, “BRIDGE” is born.
For those who’re not aware, Leapfrog Ventures is a Japanese fund launched in Africa this July. The fund has already made 12 investments and plans to build its portfolio 100 strong in the coming future.
What’s the USP of Bridge East Africa
For the first time, a niche and very focused delegation of Japanese Venture Capital firms & Corporates will be flying down to Nairobi in December to attend the one day conference. These are the investors & corporations who are/will be actively looking at investing in East African corporations & startups in the near future. This also makes it an excellent chance for startups to throng the event and find time to network with the Japanese delegates.
Not just this, we are also working on a curated list of representatives from the Governments of East African countries, Venture Capital Firms, Family Offices, Corporates, and everyone’s favorite startups.
We would also be making a few more announcements soon. We know we are doing it the first time and hoping to do it differently- the voice of thought leaders need to break the clutter and reach the receptive ears.
We are looking for sponsors and partners who believe in need of identifying these opinions, opinions that matter and find ways to tackle this hyper growth situation.
Watch out for this space, as we will keep rolling out updates on the event and whereabouts. The website will be up soon!