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British Council announce Entrepreneurial AFRICA London Showcase

09 March 2016 13:45

UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL 24 March 2016 13:45




21 – 23 March 2016

British Council today announced details of Entrepreneurial Africa: London

Showcase, a three day programme that will bring together entrepreneurs from

Africa and the UK to examine the important role that skills and

entrepreneurship can play in socio-economic development. The programme

will culminate in a pitching session and panel discussion on innovative

approaches to supporting entrepreneurship in Africa on 23 March.

About Entrepreneurial Africa

Since 2013, the British Council has run a series of enterprise challenges across

Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Sudan. Broadcast on TV and online,

these initiatives have directly engaged 12,000 young entrepreneurs and reached a

further 20 million young people. Entrepreneurial Africa: London Showcase

provides an opportunity for young African entrepreneurs to connect with people in

the London start-up community and find potential partners to help scale up their


The programme is the beginning of a cross continental collaboration designed to

increase collaboration between British and African entrepreneurs. 

The panel discussion will include speakers from major corporations, start-ups,

investors and industry experts with strong business interest in Africa. The keynote

speech will be delivered by Chaney Ojinnaka, Founder and CEO of VendorMach.

The event is at Code Node by Skills Matter in Moorgate, London.

Young Entrepreneurs include:

Kenya: Zeph Kivungi, Fucore International Limited

Fucore International Limited offers tailor-made solutions for businesses around

energy and sustainability.

Nigeria: Eseoghene Odiete, Hesey Designs

Founded by young fashion designer Ese Odiete, Hesey Designs is an African-

inspired accessories label at the forefront of turning African fabrics into contemporary


Nigeria: Nasir Yammama, Verdant

The Verdant app provides agricultural information, market intelligence and access to

finance for farmers in Nigeria from pre-planting, to harvest and distribution.

South Africa: Jason Van Den Berg and Mario Demetriou, DroneSnap

DroneSnap is an online platform that provides on-demand professional drone

operators for all forms of aerial imaging.

South Africa: Ridhwana Shaik, Save our Soles (SOS)

SOS merge traditional techniques and modern technology to create eco-friendly

footwear for children and adults.

Sudan: Hassan Maisson, Fandora

Fandora aims to conserve Sudanese culture and heritage by designing accessories

and furniture from local materials as well as recycled paper, plastic, glass and metal.

Sudan: Mutaz Salah, Tanolite

Tanolite is a lightweight brick used for fire and thermal insulation that is eco-friendly

and enables faster construction.

Sudan: Mustafa Shaib, Broken Cipher

Broken Cypher is a cybersecurity firm dedicated to helping clients through training

courses, information security services and consultation.

Mandy Johnson, Regional Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, British Council, said:

Entrepreneurial Africa: London Showcase opens up opportunities for collaboration

between individuals and institutions and ultimately opportunities for economic

growth. This delegation represents some of the most exciting start-ups working on

the continent today and they are meeting with their counterparts in the UK. By

encouraging entrepreneurship and promoting social enterprise the British Council is

providing career opportunities for young people and helping to unleash their


Notes to editors

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and

educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the

UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 8,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers –

work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young

people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and

society programmes. 

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publicly-funded grant

provides 20 per cent of our turnover which last year was £864 million. The rest of our

revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, such

as English classes and taking UK examinations, and also through education and

development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations.

All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and

security for the UK and globally.

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