About The Summit

Africa Startup Ecosystem Builders Summit and Awards (ASEB Summit) is a flagship program of Setup A Startup. It is an annual event with the mission to advance ecosystem building as a new approach to economic development to help more people and communities achieve economic independence through entrepreneurial success while recognising unsung heroes in ecosystem building.

The ASEB Summit was designed to create a unified, continental movement of entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders who work to infuse entrepreneurship into economic development. The idea for the summit began with the Setup A Startup organisation which came to the realisation that the African entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem is fragmented and there are hundreds of people building ecosystems in different ways and saw an opportunity to bring them together to connect and collaborate. 

The Summit will bring together key players in the entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem. These builders will help accelerate the emerging field of ecosystem building by collaboratively creating tools,  resources, and sharing new  knowledge to better support communities that empower the makers, doers, and dreamers in our communities, that is the entrepreneurs.

This Summit invites entrepreneurs, governments, policymakers, economic developers, grassroots leaders, investors, community builders, universities, funders, philanthropists, media experts, and national ecosystem support organisations to support and accelerate transformation through entrepreneurship. Together, we can better understand how to build thriving ecosystems.

Topics and Sessions of the Summit

  • What is startup ecosystem.
  • Startup ecosystems: why they matter and how to build them.
  • Who is a Startup Ecosystem Builder or Ecosystem Builder?
  • Funding your Ecosystem Building efforts
  • Building Future Entrepreneurs
  • Collaborative Entrepreneurship for continuous innovation
  • Ecosystem mapping
  • Innovation Entrepreneurship Best Practices with ASEB Summit’s Goals

  • Diversity and equity innovation
  • Story sharing from Ecosystem Builders (10 ecosystem builders)
  • Women In Tech – Inclusive Entrepreneurship
  • Creating Action in Your Ecosystem: Breakout Sessions
  • Diversifying Access to Capital
  • Climate Change: Are SMEs the missing Link in tackling Climate Change?
  • The state of investment readiness in Africa
  • The role of Government policy in entrepreneurship development
  • An Ecosystem Development Workshop: Build Your Community
  • Framework to Accelerate Collaboration and partnerships
  • The Role of Ecosystems in Achieving the SDGs
  • Commercialization and monetization of intellectual property (IP)
  • Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony (celebrating unsung heroes in ecosystem building)

Why The Summit?

  • To provide open standard framework, innovation entrepreneurship education and training, ecosystem development consulting.
  • Delegations from across the continent will work together to act towards creating a sustainable startup ecosystem.

  • The ASEB Summit is about putting relationships into action.

  • Peer-to-peer learning, short interactive presentations, collaborative activities, and more.

  • Participants will learn from experts’ speakers and communities across Africa and beyond.

  • Participants will connect with those in their towns, cities and regions to better collaborate and strengthen the ecosystem in their communities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Economic, community and workforce development
  • Entrepreneurship and venture development
  • Incubators, accelerators, and coworking spaces
  • Grassroots community organizing
  • Banking, investment and philanthropy
  • Large companies and anchor institutions
  • Universities, community colleges
  • Libraries, nonprofits and community institutions
  • Government and public office, real estate development, research, media and more..
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