Corporates realise that they need to innovate, and stay inline with the technology trends, and want to leverage the external ecosystem to help them accomplish their objectives.

Faster innovation is a leading reason for the corporates to find startups that are ahead of them in innovation and want to bring them in-house. They look at gaining early insights into experimental technologies and new inventions. They may also be looking at transforming how they operate, to become more relevant. There is also the potential return on investment.


We believe that the enterprise world needs more collaborations, and not just disruptions. East Africa Corporate Innovation Summit aims to connect leading corporate houses in East Africa with startups and emerging technologies from the region, and beyond - to ignite win-win collaborations, and enable organisations to get ahead of the curve.

We look forward to bringing together a stellar line-up of speakers, industry partners, showcases and offer a fantastic networking opportunity with the corporate innovation and venturing ecosystem.


Invaluable networking as the ecosystem comes together to explore and maximise opportunities through technology.


Cutting-edge presentation from first-movers and domain leaders on transitioning from disruption through to evolution


New innovative solutions to adapt for your business and customers as the startup ecosystem and value chain experiences exciting developments


The virtual summit is a multi-track event that will focus on the Corporate Innovation Opportunities in East Africa and beyond its borders. The summit will highlight the companies and industries leveraging technology to drive change for consumers, enterprises and government departments; showcase innovations, as well as provide the opportunity to interact with key stakeholders of the ecosystem. The research, content, showcase and dialogue is being curated specifically for business leaders, entrepreneurs and policy makers with a strong interest in the evolving world of Fast growing technologies.


The SEC is for startups which have traction and are looking to scale towards their next milestone – for which they need large enterprise customers. At the SEC, we have identified 25 large enterprises that will be setting up tables to meet with 50 pre-qualified startups. The opportunities will range from customer pipeline development, partnerships, strategic investments and other corporate development engagements.

Startups and Enterprises will be matched, based on the corporate focus areas and the Startups’ description. Matched parties will be introduced in pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings.


Our workshops are targeted at startups, developers and professionals that are passionate to upskill themselves around the existing technology skills.

Through these workshops, led by subject matter experts, we aim to provide an invaluable opportunity to spend quality time with subject matter experts, and get exposed to evolving technologies as well as learn the importance of agility, ability to partner and leverage, as well as feel comfortable with failure during these short sprints of iteration and development.


Startups are the key to the technology revolution and the Enterprise-50 aims to identify East Africa’s Top-50 startups across industries, leveraging the power of technology to deliver value to enterprise, and bringing about unprecedented developments. The platform will offer startups to showcase their product/service and a chance to network and engage with big companies in the field, to foster innovation, networking and collaboration among them.

Top-10 hi-tech, hi-potential technology-first startups will be demoing their products virtually, and will be available for 1-on-1 virtual meetings as per pre-booked slots during both days of the summit.


The report has been developed by incorporating secondary research from public sources and insights drawn from primary research and interviews. The report showcases the corporate innovation landscape in East Africa as a region. There will be an analysis done to look into various factors affecting corporations with regard to innovation and how to drive it forward. There will be a comparison between India and East Africa as a region, looking at the concept of open innovation. This report will also take a look into a new concept referred to as the EDGE framework and how it can be applied in the Corporate innovation sector. This report will look to analyse the potential opportunity for further innovation in East Africa. Recommendations will also be provided where necessary.

28th OCTOBER 2021 | 10:30 AM EAT ONWARDS

10:30 am - 10:45 am EAT


Abdi Mohammed

Managing Director/ CEO
Absa Bank Tanzania Limited
10:50 am - 11:25 am EAT

Panel Discussion

Bongani Sithole

Managing Director
Founder Factory Africa

Firas Ahmad

Group CEO & Co-Founder

Mohamed Nazir

Head of Corporate Venture
Raya Holding for Financial Investments

Roberto Croci

Managing Director
Microsoft for Startups MEA
11:30 am - 12:05 pm EAT

Panel Discussion

Simon Desjardins

Co-Founder & MD
Shortlist Professionals

Adewale Yusuf

Co-Founder & CEO

Agnes Muthoni

Director of Talent Partnerships
12:10 pm - 12:55 pm EAT


Nicolas Bry

Strategic and Open Innovation
Booster Orange Africa and Middle-East

Orange Innovation

Bamba Lo

Founder & CEO

Edwin Muigai

Founder & CEO

Lunch Break ( 12:55pm EAT - 13:25pm EAT)

13:25 pm - 13:45 pm EAT


Daniel Yu

Founder & Global CEO
13:50 pm - 14:25 pm EAT

Panel Discussion

Samantha Niyonsaba

Future Lab Lead
Innovation Village

Neil Fleming

The Challenges Group

Rushika Pattni

Chief Strategy Officer
Selcom Tanzania
14:30 pm - 15:05 pm EAT

Panel Discussion

Joseph Manirakiza

Program Manager - Funguo Innovation Program

Ian Fernandes

MD, Regional Head - Strategic Initiatives
Projects and Governance - Africa and Middle East

Standard Chartered Bank

Mareme Dieng

Lead, Global Innovation & Strategy, Africa Chez
500 Startups
15:15 pm - 16:15 pm EAT


Startups Showcase

29th OCTOBER 2021 | 10:30 AM EAT ONWARDS

10:30 am - 10:45 am EAT


Pritam Dutta

Global Director Fintech Ventures & Innovation
AB Inbev
10:50 am - 11:25 am EAT

Panel Discussion

Arielle Molino

Associate Vice President

Ashish Kumar

Climate and Innovation Lead
Shell Foundation

Janice Sambaza

Managing Director
Ivhu Advisors

Heidi Ober

Principal Consultant
11:30 am - 11:45 am EAT


Bruce Lule

Founding Investment Principal
Chandaria Capital
11:50 am - 12:25 pm EAT


Shameen Prashantham

Gorillas can Dance
12:30 pm - 12:45 pm EAT

Fireside Chat

Peter Kisadha

Future Africa

Jonathan Bordage

Senior Market Engagement Manager,
Ecosystem Accelerator


Lunch Break ( 12:45pm EAT - 13:30pm EAT)

13:30 pm - 14:05 pm EAT

Panel Discussion

Esther Ndeti

Investment Lead
Unconventional Capital

Aaron Fu

Head of Growth
Catalyst Fund
14:10 pm - 14:35 pm EAT

Panel Discussion

Jo Bautista

Business Development & Communications Manager
Yunus Social Business

Lisa Katharina

Senior Director
Yunus Social Business
14:40 pm - 15:05 pm EAT

Fireside Chat

Sruthi Kannan

Cisco Launchpad

Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Founder & CEO
Startup Réseau
15:10 pm - 15:25 pm EAT


Jagruti Bista

Lead - Africa Programs
Startup Réseau






Our Summit Videos are now available on YouTube.

Ajay Ramasubramaniam

Founder & CEO

Jagruti Bista

Conference Lead

Paul Mandele

Country Lead - Tanzania

Mohamed Mohamud

Program Analyst - East Africa


Andronico Bernardy

Program Interns

Hardness Range

Program Interns

Chikota Sinkala

Program Interns