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Virtual South Summit – African startups

Virtual South Summit – African startups Edition

An opportunity to push the innovation ecosystem for African startups further


The South Summit African startups Edition is a joint digital initiative between South Summit and IE University that will bring together all the top players in the African innovation ecosystem. The second African edition of the Virtual South Summit took place on 20 May 2021. Experts and finalist startups were gathered to show how the innovation ecosystem in Africa has changed over the past year.

The virtual event took place in an incredible space, the WOW Room on the IE Business School campus in Madrid. WOW here means “Window on the World” – and with its 48 screens, this digital wall literally opened the windows worldwide for a great view of beautiful Africa.

African startups Competition

Five outstanding start-ups had a few minutes to present a pitch. They were judged on innovation, scalability, team, value and investment ability. Petra Wolkenstein sat on the jury in her role as African General Partner of Startup Wise Guys. Thanks to the futuristic space, the presentations were very vibrant and enjoyable.

Petra Wolkenstein startup trainer, founder of key2investors about the event:

“May 20th I had the honour to sit on the jury of the South Summit Africa edition by IE University and give feedback to 5 excellent Startups from EdTech, RetailTech, AgriTech, MedTech, and AI. It is very enlightening to see the next generation of Africa-based startup founders. I am looking forward to supporting the ecosystem and investing in the region with Startup Wise Guys.”

What are the impacts of Covid on Africa?

IE University organized a special keynote on the topic of investing and startup ecosystems in Africa. The statement of Maria Benjumea really summarizes the enthusiasm and potential many investors start seeing in African startup ecosystems.

“Africa is the last frontier for investors.” – Maria Benjumea
Founder & CEO of Spain Startup


Congratulations to South Summit and IE university for the excellent line-up of startups DivisionX, Gradely, GreenLion, Kitovu, and Vitruvian Medical.


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