Updated: February 28, 2021
Africa’s premier fintech event, the Africa Fintech Summit, which brings together innovators, investors, policy makers and other key stakeholders in the Fintech sector to discuss technologies transforming finance on the continent, will be held for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria, on November 8-9, 2018.
The Summit is organized by Dedalus Global, and participants debate regulatory policies, compare best practices, and forge new ventures.
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The biannual event held earlier this year in Washington D.C. and featured leading policy makers, c-suite business executives, start-ups, and investors.
“Lagos is an ideal host city; it’s an epicenter of Africa’s fintech revolution and the driving force behind the continent’s entrepreneurial spirit. The successes of companies such as Paga, Flutterwave, Mines.io, and Paystack have strategically positioned Lagos as the destination of choice for investors,” said the Chairman of the Summit, Leland Rice.
“The first edition of the Summit in D.C. was a launch pad for several milestone fintech deals struck among its delegates in the months after the event. We plan to build on these successes in Lagos, with a focus on bringing innovators and policy makers together to move the needle on fintech regulation and bringing founders and investors together to facilitate further capital raises,” Rice added.
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The two-day event will feature investor missions from the US, UK, and UAE, an Alpha Expo featuring the most exciting startups and entrepreneurs in Nigeria, a half-day blockchain masterclass, and an awards ceremony.
“This reflects the progress Nigeria is making in the areas of technology and financial services. The event is very important as it comes at the heels of the Vice President Osinbajo’s trip to Silicon Valley to promote Nigeria’s tech sector. We look forward to collaborating with the organizing committee and to a successful event in Lagos,” said the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Technology, Lanre Osibona.
According to Tayo Oviosu, the founder of Paga—a payment company that recently raised $10 million in Series B2 funding, “the Africa Fintech Summit in Washington D.C. provided valuable insights into the fintech space and connected me with key players in the industry. I look forward to the Lagos edition.”
Speakers lined up for the event include Chief Economist of PwC Nigeria, Dr. Andrew S. Nevin; Managing General Partner of EchoVC, Eghosa Omoigui; CEO of Diamond Bank, Uzoma Dozie; Founder of Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji; and CEO of PayStack, Shola Akinlade, whose company recently raised $8 million Series A funding.