African investments take centre stage at SingularityU summit

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Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor and principal.
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor and principal.

Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor and principal, will be among the speakers discussing African investments and innovation, at the 2021 edition of the SingularityU Exponential Finance Summit.

Taking place from 28 to 30 July, the virtual summit aims to build and grow an African investment innovation ecosystem by connecting SA and Africa’s top entrepreneurs and innovative businesses with global venture capitalists, institutional funds, private investors and global thought leaders.

According to the organisers, this year's summit responds to president Cyril Ramaphosa’s appeal at the SA Investment Conference, by focusing on how to bring investment into SA and Africa, to create an investment ecosystem in which to harness Africa’s true potential.

It is hosted in collaboration with Deloitte and MTN.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has placed many industries under strain, it has also triggered new opportunities for innovation and growth, which will be explored at this online summit.

Local and international speakers will take to the stage to present the latest insights that will help propel growth.

The speaker line-up includes: David Roberts, global expert on exponential leadership and a global thought leader on business disruption; Adam Valkin, MD of General Catalyst; Alex Gladstein, chief strategy officer at the Human Rights Foundation; Wee Liang Chua, partner at Cowin Capital; Anishran Pillay,acting CEO of Risk Insights; and Sam Rad, author of Bitcoin Pizza.

Topics that will be addressed at this year’s summit include leadership and investment, exponential technology, crypto/blockchain, future of banking, scaling, environmental, social and corporate governance, 5G, cyber security, inclusive growth, non-fungible tokens, gaming and decentralised finance.

“As we continue SingularityU’s journey to future-proof Africa, it is essential to harness the expertise that is available in our network to cultivate an economy that is advantageous for investors,” says Shayne Mann, co-CEO of SingularityU South Africa.

“The second annual SingularityU Exponential Finance Summit Online will empower entrepreneurs, business leaders and titans of industry alike with the newest insights regarding ground-breaking technologies and innovations that are available to take the continent forward.”

The presentation format will include compact talks, making way for deeper engagement online with less screen fatigue and a greater variety of topics.

Provision has been made for facilitated matchmaking, online networking and meeting rooms with dedicated time slots.

The summit will also feature an online expo area, where delegates can engage with the latest products and developments from exhibitors.

Ticket prices range from R5 000 toR10 625. Registration closes on 30 July.

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