International Brokerage Event

November 2-3, 2022
Gather with 200 participants, including investors, innovators, DIH managers, public sector representatives, and more for 2 days in Bologna, Italy

The Brokerage Event represents a key element of the AfriConEU project.

During the event:

Learn about presenting good practices in the African and European innovation ecosystems

Network and develop strategic partnerships among other participants

Share challenges and opportunities connected to our key areas of work

Join Dynamic Conversations on Key Sectors




Technology for Development

Day 1, November 2

10:00 – 11:00

Arrival and Registration

11:00 – 11:30

Introductory Session

11:30 – 13:00

Panel 1: Agritech
Recent decades have seen key changes to the African agricultural sector, including world-leading disruptive innovations, the sector remains a key strategic priority for regional development, and one where growth will be centered

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

Panel 2: Technology for Development
A rising generation of young innovators are harnessing the tools of entrepreneurship and technology to create and deploy novel solutions to community issues

15:30 – 17:00

Panel 3: Edtech
Education is a challenge for many African countries. The need for increased access, combined with skills gaps, especially in the tech sector; and the risk of brain drain, paints a picture of a sector in need of innovative actors

17:00 – 18:30

Panel 4: Fintech
In regions where traditional finance and banking have limited reach, alternative forms of finance and investment, such as mobile money, microcredit, roscas, and more have an outsized value to their communities


Networking Aperitivo and Dinner

Day 2, November 3

9:00 – 10:00

Arrival and Coffee Break

10:00 – 10:30

Introductory Session

10:30 – 11:30

Transversal Presentations
Hear reflections from the AfriConEU on: Business and investment opportunities in the African market, Digitalisation, jobs for the 21st century and employment opportunities; Scouting digital entrepreneurs and startups in the African market; and Towards a common digital market and a connected startup ecosystem

11:30 – 13:00

Worldcafe Tables
Join a diverse group of other participants to discuss the event’s transversal themes, identify key issues, outline opportunities and challenges, and propose collaborative projects to address them

13:00 – 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Worldcafe Presentations

15:00 – 15:30

Closing Presentation

15:30 – 18:30

Open Networking


Closing Aperitivo


Both days of the event will feature networking on a dedicated platform.

#Remote Participation

The main event in Bologna will be accompanied by parallel events hosted at African digital innovation hubs, featuring:

Livestreaming of all the main stage presentations


Local speakers on the verticals, looking at specific issues for the area


Remote access to networking and matchmaking


Participation in local worldcafe tables

Parallel events are planned for:


Emerging Communities Africa (ECA), in Akure, Nigeria


Hapa Space, in Kumasi, Ghana


Outbox, in Kampala, Uganda


Buni Innovation Hub, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Join the event

(Participation instructions)