Engaging the African Innovation Ecosystem

In October 2020, Djembe launched a special Insights Report in partnership with AfriLabs, the largest pan-African network of technology and innovation centers to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the continent’s young innovators and entrepreneurs. It provides perspectives from industry experts as to how African decisionmakers from both the public and private sectors can accelerate support across the full innovation spectrum including education, inclusivity, investment, policy and research and development.

The report was launched during a panel discussion at the 5th AfriLabs Annual Gathering 2020, as a result of a survey of over 1,000 pan-African innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups. The report combines their insights with the unique perspectives of some of the continent’s most experienced and informed social and economic experts and commentators including African Union Commission, African Development Bank, Mastercard Foundation, Afreximbank, Mozilla, SMART Africa, Honoris United Universities and UN Women, amongst others.

Strategic Execution by Djembe

  • Djembe utilized its network within the African Innovation Ecosystem to conduct an Africa-wide quantitative survey of 1,000 innovators in tandem with over 15 qualitative interviews and case studies with experts
  • Facilitated the partnership with AfriLabs and its Executive Directors throughout drafting, finalising and designing the Report and all the supporting marketing collateral
  • Completed a supplementary media and digital campaign to raise awareness of the report, its case studies, and its experts with key coverage and engagement across Africa and throughout the diaspora

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