Venture Capital for Innovation in Africa: The Case of Radio Astronomy

ISC would like to invite you to an expert meeting in Brussels on 11 March 2014, to explore potential options for supporting the contribution of venture capital to innovation in Africa and EU-Africa collaboration in advance of the 4th EU-Africa Summit. The meeting will also contribute to the debate on how investment in Africa-EU radio astronomy partnerships will support economic growth and human capital development in Africa.

Africa has received growing interest from venture capitalists in the last few years as it continues to develop. The ever growing number of accelerators, tech hubs and angel networks appearing across Africa are further proof that entrepreneurship is flourishing in the region. Private equity and venture capital plays a crucial role in financing the small and medium sized enterprise (SME) sector, supporting economic growth in Africa and the world over.

  Investment in Africa's research and innovation plays a pivotal role in tackling societal challenges related to domains such as health, climate change, ICT, renewable energies, demographic changes and security. As these challenges are global in nature, there is a growing need for cross-border, multidisciplinary collaboration in scientific and technological research and development. Participants of this meeting will explore potential options for supporting the contribution of venture capital to innovation in Africa and in terms of EU-Africa collaboration in advance of the 4th EU-Africa Summit.

Speakers will include:

• Mae Jemison - Former NASA astronaut, Head of 100 Year Starship initiative

• Barbara James - Founder and CEO of Henshaw Capital Partners

• Kurt Zatloukal - Professor of Pathology, Medical University of Graz

• Declan Kirrane - Managing Director of ISC Intelligence in Science

The meeting will take place on 11 March 2014 from 8:15 - 9:30 at the Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels.

Interested parties are invited to register online at http://iscintelligence.com/event.php?id=150.

Posted on 06 mar 2014 by admin