Africa SME Finance Forum 2018

Harnessing Innovation

15-16 May 2018


Why Attend

The Africa SME Finance Forum 2018 will examine the key challenges faced by MSMEs in Africa, and explore innovative local and global best practice solutions to promote youth entrepreneurship and enhance access to financing for MSMEs. The conference will focus on how Africa is harnessing digital technology to disrupt traditional banking industry and to create new banking infrastructure to fill gaps where there has been a lack of access to financial services. Topics covered include blockchain and SME finance, incumbent and "challenger" banking, electronic payments and remittances, and youth entrepreneurship finance.

The Africa Forum will also feature global good practices and cutting-edge innovations by bringing leading and successful innovators, internationally recognized experts, and successful practitioners to share their perspectives and experiences. The conference will be preceded by member only study visits to financial institutions and fintechs that have innovative ways of serving SMEs clients.

To get a sense of what to expect from the event, take a look at this video highlight from our Global SME Finance Forum 2017 in Berlin!


Learn about industry trends


Meet industry leaders


Make partnerships & business deals

Submit your topic and speaker proposals

The SME Finance Forum prides itself on bringing innovative and cutting-edge speakers to its Forums and we are always looking to collaborate with new individuals to bring top content to our participants. Apply below to suggest a speaker for our Africa Forum or another upcoming Forum. We are accepting speaker proposals until February 15th, 2018.

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Strategic partners


Non-Members - Early Bird Rate Until March 15


SME Finance Forum Members


Non-Members after Early Bird Rate





We are pleased to offer platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsorship tiers as well as micro-sponsorship starting from $3,000.

  • Make your brand synonymous with the premier gathering of global SME finance leaders
  • Enjoy ongoing promotion of your brand on our website, conference material and social media channels
  • Engage with high-level participants and make valuable business connections

Contact us now!! Sponsorship opportunities are limited and offered on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Hourn Thy - Head of Operations - +1 202 473-6251 -


Nairobi, Kenya