9 Feb 2012

Lion's Den - What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur in East Africa


So what does it take to succeed with your own start-up in East Africa?

This is a question that will be answered in the Lion's Den: Entrepreneurs' Shoot Out - taking place at East Africa Com in Nairobi on the 17-18 April.

The exciting new session will be led by ihub Kenya's Erik Hersman, a veteran in the world of innovative start-ups and entrepreneurs. And the participants themselves will have a wealth of experience between them - already confirmed are Eric Kamau, CEO of True African and Benjamin Lyon, VP at Kopo Kopo.

The theme for the Lion’s Den session will be What it takes to be an Entrepreneur’ – each participant will have 1 minute to describe how their business came about and what it does. Then they will have 3 minutes to talk about why the idea works – i.e. the challenges that were faced, and what they think meant it could succeed in East Africa.

There will be three or four participants overall, each with 4 minutes in turn and then there will be 5 minutes for questions from the audience. Erik Hersman from ihub will moderate the whole thing.

The idea behind this session is to really get innovative company’s stories out there. It will bring a great energy to the conference, and hopefully it will inspire the audience of senior representatives from operators, regulators, and global vendors.

The session will take place just before the coffee break, so the audience gets the chance to interact with participants on a 1-2-1 basis as well.


About East Africa Com:

Endorsed by those at the top of regional telecoms, East Africa Com delivers the most heavy-weight speaker-line up that features established giants, new, smaller entrants and everything in between.

You’ll gain a comprehensive overview of all the latest “need to know” topics in the multi-streamed conference while meeting potential new suppliers and partners in the 25 stand networking exhibition which is packed with some of the world’s foremost technology and solution providers.

If you do telecoms business in East Africa, this is an event you cannot afford to miss! Click here to download the brochure