The Africa 2017 Young Entrepreneurs Day - Africa 2017 YED - is a special Africa 2017 event organised by the Government of Egypt and COMESA Regional Investment Agency, under the High Patronage of H.E Abdel Fattah Al Sissi, on the 7th of December 2017, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

  • 8:00 - 22:00

REGISTRATION

  • 9:00 - 10:00

WELCOME REMARKS AND ICE BREAKER

  • 10:00 - 11:00

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Hear moving stories from the champions of the African startup ecosystem.

  • 11:00 - 11:30

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 11:30 - 12:30

PARALLEL WORKSHOPS

5 x workshops, each focusing on a specific area of interest to entrepreneurs and leaders of fast growing companies. These will be made up of presentations, discussions and workshops.
  • Access to finance led by VC for Africa
  • Scaling-up business powered by Elite initiative London Stock Exchange
  • Impact investment [with Dalberg]
  • Centred leadership [with McKinsey]
  • The art of storytelling: Pitching your idea to potential investors

  • 12:30 - 13:00

GOVERNMENTS AS INVESTORS: THE EGYPTIAN CASE

  • 13:00 - 13:30

GET FUNDED!

This session will focus on access to finance and how to structure a strong business proposition. It will also look at developing an attractive value proposition by creating a solution that can be quickly scaled-up. By bringing investors and those who have successfully attracted investors we will share success stories as well as offer advice and guidance for others to learn from.

  • 13:30 - 14:29

NETWORKING LUNCH

  • 14:30 - 14:45

SPECIAL ADDRESS BY H.E PAUL KAGAME, PRESIDENT OF RWANDA AND CHAIRMAN OF SMART AFRICA (TBC)

Inspiring the youth and disruptors of tomorrow.

  • 14:45 - 15:00

KEYNOTE: TONY ELUMELU, CHAIRMAN OF HEIRS HOLDINGS AND FOUNDER OF THE TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION, NIGERIA

One of our continent’s top entrepreneurs, philanthropists, role models and change catalysts will share his insight on what it takes for genius startups to get their big break and become billion-dollar unicorns.

  • 15:00 - 16:15

THE ELEVATOR PITCH: ‘NEEDS AND LEADS’

Offers a chance for African startups to gain exposure and raise their profile by pitching their business ideas to an international delegation of executives representing capital prospects, business mentors, and advisors. From our 100 or so startups and entrepreneurs, we will select 20 to make ‘elevator pitches’ – each 3.30 minute in length maximum – where these young business leaders will have the stage to present their idea and opportunity, highlight their needs and generate new leads.

  • 16:15 - 16:30

TRANSITION TO WORKSHOPS

  • 16:30 - 17:30

POLICY TOOLBOX 3X

This will be a working break, breaking up the participants into 3 groups. Interactive working groups will identify 3 constraints and recommend 3 inclusive business policy solutions to strengthen the startup and early state investment ecosystems. Each group will use the Inclusive Business Policy toolbox, developed by Endeva, which offers a framework to identify and design policy recommendations that can be implemented by government.

  • 17:30 - 18:30

ENTREPRENEURSHIP ECOSYSTEMS

Entrepreneurship is flourishing in Africa, many incubators, accelerators, co-working spaces are being established every year in African countries. If Africa is to capitalize on new disruptive technologies and new business models, many successful African entrepreneurs will need to scale up their ventures beyond the limits of their small local markets and branch out into other African markets. Promoting cross-border entrepreneurship is an enormous task that no single organization can do alone. Stakeholders’ cooperation is urgently needed. This session will discuss policies, programs, and initiatives needed to encourage and promote regional integration through cross border entrepreneurship.

  • 19:30 - 21:30

YED COCKTAIL

  • 8:00 - 22:00

REGISTRATION

  • 9:30 - 10:30

OPENING

  • SETTING THE SCENE
  • PRESIDENTIAL OPENING

  • 10:30 - 10:45

KEYNOTE SPEECH

Choosing locations for long-term sustainable investment: perspectives from a business tycoon on how to convince business giants to invest in Africa.

  • 10:45 - 11:30

PLENARY 1: INCLUSIVE GROWTH: WOMEN AT THE TOP

How can we reinvent leadership in Africa with women, and youth, to ensure we meet Agenda 2063 and all the continent’s promise?

  • 11:30 - 12:00

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 12:00 - 13:00

PLENARY 2: INVESTING IN AFRICA; CROSS BORDER PARTNERSHIPS AND INVESTMENT

  • 13:00 - 14:30

LUNCH

  • 14:30 - 15:45

BREAKOUTS 1

    • Special Economic Zones
    • Cities : Sustainable urban development 
    • Energy : The new energy mix and the future of power generation
    • Agribusiness

  • 16:15 - 16:45

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 16:45 - 17:00

KEYNOTE: MOHAMED EL-ERIAN, CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER, ALLIANZ, USA (TBC)

Renowned economist and investor Mohamed El-Erian will provide a macro-economic economic perspective of world economies and emerging markets and international capital flows.

  • 17:00 - 18:00

PLENARY 3: THE 4TH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION: GENERATING FUTURE JOBS

Africa has a youth bulge that presents an opportunity. However, a jobless generation will turn Africa rising into an African uprising. Where are the opportunities and how can one ensure these are fully realised? This session will contextualise the African opportunity within a global context as well as look at the challenges that it needs to overcome. The panel will amongst others look at where some of Africa’s business leaders are investing; how policy changes can lead to significant investments; the rise of special economic zones; and the impact on technology in what is being dubbed the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

  • 19:00 - 21:00

GALA DINNER

  • 9:00 - 9:30

FACE-OFF – INDUSTRIALISATION: VIABLE OPTION OR PIPEDREAM

  • 9:30 - 9:45

KEYNOTE SPEECH

  • 9:45 - 10:45

PLENARY 4: SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: INVEST SMART, INVEST LONG

This panel will discuss the impact of the private sector in inclusive economic growth as well as identify the changes needed to design new business models that can contribute to the SDGs. That is increase local content, ensure that the models are sustainable, tackling issues such as lost tax revenues from illicit financial flows due to transfer pricing and other accounting practices and taking advantage of the opportunity provided by green energy solutions.

  • 10:45 - 11:15

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 11:15 - 12:30

BREAKOUTS 2

    • Invest in Egypt
    • Financial Services
    • Cross Border Infrastructure
    • The African Consumer

  • 12:30 - 14:00

LUNCH AND NETWORKING

  • 14:00 - 14:30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: AMB. AMINA MOHAMED, DEPUTY SECRETARY GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS (TBC)

One of the leading actors in drawing up the SDGs, Amina Mohamed will give a progress update, share success stories and causes for optimism as well as present her views and thoughts on areas of priority.

  • 14:30 - 15:30

NEW WORLD, NEW PARTNERS

In this closing plenary, our speakers will set out their vision for the continent in the context of this new world order. The African Union can outline the African position whilst the international business leaders represented will reflect on their investment strategy in light on international developments. The African contingent will discuss first hand on the realities on the ground as well as what this means for business and future FDI and ODA funds coming to Africa.

  • 15:30 - 16:00

NETWORKING BREAK

  • 16:00 - 17:00

CLOSING DIALOGUE: FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT

Two of the entrepreneurs will recount their experience, policy outcomes and any other thoughts and ideas that emerged from their discussions. Two generations coming together to discuss solutions for Africa.