MIT Launches Cross-Continent Tour in Search of Africa’s Most Innovative Entrepreneurs

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT

Africa represents the fastest growing region for entrepreneurship in the world. Open Mic Africa is designed to unearth, inspire and celebrate the next generation of global technology ventures that are powering this movement.

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Legatum Center), in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, today announced a series of events in three cities across Africa to discover and support local entrepreneurs who are bringing their knowledge to bear on their continent’s greatest challenges.

Open Mic Africa seeks to find and showcase Africa’s top innovators while developing a dialogue among local entrepreneurs, investors and MIT. Each city’s agenda will include: inspirational talks from African entrepreneurs who have successfully taken their ventures to scale; workshops on understanding customers and venture pitch training; mentoring sessions; and an “open pitch” competition where participants could win up to US$2,500. There will also be an “Ask Me Anything” Booth for those interested in learning about opportunities to apply to MIT programs. Attendees may pre-register and sign up for these events on this web page.

Open Mic Africa will take place in:

  • Lagos, Nigeria: July 26-27, 2017
  • Dakar, Senegal: September 23-24, 2017
  • Cape Town, South Africa: September 27-28, 2017


The MIT Legatum Center will also visit Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya during the tour to meet with local stakeholders and to foster the relationships with its alumni community.

“Africa represents the fastest growing region for entrepreneurship in the world,” said…

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