Tech4Africa is the premier mobile, web & emerging tech event in Africa.

October 9th & 10th 2013, Johannesburg

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Innovation, Ignite, Ideas, Inspiration & IBM at Tech4Africa

We’re delighted to bring IBM into Tech4Africa as an official sponsor and partner on the Global Entrepreneurship Programme (GEP).

GEP aims to help entrepreneurs build their business by providing support and resources (software, people, promotion) as an extension of your business. The programme is open to companies less than five years old that are beyond the concept stage.

As Tech4Africa’s “Innovation Partner” IBM’s Tom Rosamilia, vice president of Corporate Strategy and general manager of Enterprise Initiatives at IBM, will be speaking at Tech4Africa on Thursday November 1st. Tom is responsible for the strategic direction of IBM’s future, but his past experience covers a number of areas, including power systems, Websphere, data management, software development and IBM Silicon Valley Laboratory.

Claudia Fan Munce, Managing Director at IBM Venture Capital Group, will speak about global trends in the technology start-up environment, introduce some GEP participants, while we will also be announcing an award as part of the Tech4Africa / IBM partnership.

Does your solution address issues enterprise customers are facing in the Smarter Planet industries? To sign up for GEP please go to

As another boost to the entrepreneurial spirit within the technology community in Africa, we are proud to be returning with IGNITE, a capacity-building initiative for start-ups.

Ignite will be running as a half-day session at Tech4Africa on Wednesday, October 31 st, where twenty start-ups will be able to quiz and question experts form the VC community, including AngelHub and Invenfin, as well as mentors and members of IBM’s GEP team.

The interactive workshop, a two-way discussion and Q&A forum, will lead to a pitch-out, where the five finalists will be asked to present on stage at the Tech4Africa conference on Thursday. Brett Commaille, CEO of AngelHub, will convene a panel of judges to choose a winner, announced live to our audience.

To apply for Ignite, please start over here.

We encourage you to sign up for both GEP and Ignite - even more chance of getting a place at Tech4Africa! For those who want to come and see the results of our entrepreneurial initiatives, please register for Tech4Africa.

Get your tickets

Tickets are selling fast, and still 8 days to go! Tickets are priced as follows:~

Developer Hackathon only: R1,000 ex VAT
Standard Registration: R1,800 ex VAT

Don't miss out on the coolest tech event of the year, for the price of two rounds of golf, or a hairdo and pair of shoes! Grab your tickets now!

Planning travel / Pitch @ Ignite / Have your say

Travel Startups Vote
Flying to Johannesburg? We've created an accomodation guide, including details on rooms available. Startups from around Africa can register for startup pitching competition. All details are on our Ignite page. For the first time you can have your say for Tech4Africa using our feedback platform. To find out more, visit our voting page.

Who goes to Tech4Africa?

Account Manager, Africa correspondent, BDFM Online Editor, Blogger, Campaign Manager, CEO, Chairman, Chief Sales and Marketing Office, Co-founder, Communications Officer, COO, CTO, Corporate Communication Specialist, Customer Experience Lead, Developer, Digital Brand Manager, Digital Platforms Manager, Editor-in-chief, Enterprise Architect, Executive Editor, Founder, Group CEO, Group Communications Manager, Hacker, Head of Analytics, Optimisation and Usability, Head of Digital Communications, Head of Digital Media and Marketing, Head of Engage, Head of Optimise, Head of PR and Communications, Head of Social Media, Head of Technical Operations, Head of Technology, Head: Digital Marketing Campaigns, Head: Digital Presence, Head: Product Development & Portals, Managing Director, Managing Editor, Managing Partner, Marketing & Commercial Manager, Marketing & Sales Manager, Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, MD, Online Manager, Operations Manager, Owner, Partner, Product Development Manager, Product Manager, Project Manager, Researcher, Sales Director, Senior Business Analyst, Senior Manager: Strategic Contract R&D, Social media evangelist, Software Engineer, Technology Solutions Manager, Surveys Editor, Systems & Devices Manager, Talent Development, Technical Director, Technical Evangelist, Technology Editor, Technology Strategy, Usability expert, User Interface developer, Writer

Find out more about Tech4Africa.

Quotes from previous attendees:

@rudshep: Really an awesome day at Tech4Africa conference. This level of energy and optimism I have not seen anywhere else. SA Tech Rocks!

@ShawnGraaff: @Tech4Africa has reached out to over 150 cities, mostly main cities in Africa, this is how you empower and innovate a continent #T4A

@liambeeton: We have come to the end of @Tech4Africa #T4A. I really enjoyed myself, met some great people and am taking so much info away.

@imel: @Tech4Africa great being here, fantastic optimism in the air #t4a

@glenbvuma: Made the right choice by attending @Tech4Africa instead of marching with Malema. Really learning a lot from the guys. #T4A

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Partner opportunities: We've worked with incredible companies in previous years. Will you join us this year? Find out more, or download the prospectus.

History of Tech4Africa: Did you know that Tech4Africa was first conceived in 2006, launched in 2010 and is now in it's 4th year? Read more about our history.

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