Africa SME Finance Forum 2018

Harnessing Innovation

15-16 May 2018

Villa Rosa Kempinski

Registration Ends May 4

#SMEFFAfrica18

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

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Strategic partners

Media Partners

Study Tours

Kountable is a multinational technology and end-to-end global trading platform that multiplies the unique capabilities of global SMEs who have been traditionally marginalized in the global supply chain.

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Uber Technologies is a peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery, and transportation network company headquartered in California, with operations in 633 cities worldwide.

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Commercial Bank of Africa is one of East Africa’s largest privately owned banks and has operations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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The seventh in a series of Mastercard Innovation Hubs, Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion is the first Lab in Africa and the first to focus exclusively on financial inclusion.

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Sokowatch is an e-commerce platform serving informal retail shops, which collectively sell over $175 billion of goods across urban Africa every year. Sokowatch currently has over 3000 retailers actively ordering on a monthly basis, with multinational manufacturing clients including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, and GlaxoSmithKline.

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Equity Bank Kenya Limited, is a financial services provider headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It is licensed as a commercial bank, by the Central Bank of Kenya.

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Tala is an innovative, fast-paced mobile technology start-up, that provides a credit scoring and reporting platform to financial services institutions in emerging countries.

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Market Place

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We provide investment and advisory services to financial institutions, as well as fintechs, for the mission of financial inclusion.

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OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities.

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Strands is the FinTech partner for Banks, leveraging 10+ years of expertise in Big Data and Machine Learning. Strands BFM (Business Financial Management), easily integrated with any core banking system, is a simple and powerful solution that helps SME owners better understand and manage their finances.

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Fern Software is a leading provider of banking software with Functional, flexible, and easy-to-use banking solutions, used by over 300 inclusive financial institutions, in 30+ countries worldwide. 

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Opportunity Network is the community for select CEOs and private investors to grow their businesses worldwide. ON includes over 14,400 CEOs from 113 countries and a total transaction flow of over $84B. ON members post or directly connect to actionable business and investment opportunities both domestically and around the world.

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DEG, a subsidiary of KfW (German government-owned development bank), promotes business initiative in developing and emerging market.They make long-term financing and advice available to private enterprises investing in these countries.

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Alternative Circle is a fintech solutions company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. It provides financial access to over 200 million users in Africa and Asia.

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LenddoEFL’s mission is to provide 1 billion people access to powerful financial products at a lower cost, faster and more conveniently. We use AI and advanced analytics to bring together the best sources of digital and behavioral data to help lenders in emerging markets confidently serve underbanked people and small businesses.

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Q-Lana is a comprehensive and easy to use cloud-based credit management platform serving SME banks and their clients in developing countries.

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Ennovative Capital is set up as a digital Working Capital marketplace for trading in receivables that brings together buyers, suppliers, and finance providers/investors. Their core product is Supply Chain Finance (reverse Factoring) .
 

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E-commerce platform serving informal retail shops, which collectively sell over $175 billion of goods across urban Africa every year. Sokowatch currently has over 3000 retailers actively ordering on a monthly basis, with multinational manufacturing clients including Unilever, Procter & Gamble, and GlaxoSmithKline.

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The Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), or Dutch development bank is a bilateral private-sector international financial institution founded 1970, based in the Hague, the Netherlands.
It is licensed as a bank and supervised by the Dutch Central Bank.

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Tala is an innovative, fast-paced mobile technology start-up, that provides a credit scoring and reporting platform to financial services institutions in emerging countries.

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Lendable bridges the gap between institutional debt investors and high growth alternative lenders in Africa. The company employs technology-enabled deal services to help alternative lenders access structured finance to scale up their operations.

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N-Frnds is a ground-breaking cloud-based SaaS platform providing enterprises unparalleled reach to customers and suppliers in emerging markets. To date we already have a rapidly growing base of over 15 million committed users acquired through major global and local partnerships.

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Topicus helps banks, insurers and service providers make financing simple and accessible for consumers and entrepreneurs. It solves frustrating problems in processes by using technology as it is intended: a way of making things easier and more effective. Especially when it comes to complex financial matters.

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Mobbisurance is a South African based startup that is dedicated to providing access to affordable crop insurance to smallholder farmers. They utilize satellite imagery to, analyze crop growth, identify crop stress that is due to adverse weather such as drought or floods, and to also quantify the extent of damage.

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Triple Jump is an impact-focused investment manager that provides meaningful and responsible investment opportunities in developing countries.

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Omidyar Network is a self-styled philanthropic investment firm, composed of a foundation and an impact investment firm.

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AMP is a fintech dedicated to transforming lending through automation, big data and next generation credit assessments solutions.

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The SMECreditPro platform combines an online, intuitive, easy to fill out MSME information application with third party innovative data sources, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to provide MSMEs in Africa with the business, financial, and credit ratings.

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LendEnable is a data aggregation and analytics company that works with lenders across emerging markets to help them build high quality SME loan portfolios and to grow their business. It provides a suite of tools that significantly reduces the turn-around-time (TAT) and the cost involved in sourcing relevant creditworthy clients.  

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US-based innovator in the field of loan origination. Its web-based loan origination system uses advanced behavioral models and projected cash flows to automate offers with rare staff involvement.

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Uber Technologies is a peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery, and transportation network company headquartered in California, with operations in 633 cities worldwide.

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Fidor is an EU licensed digital bank with core markets in Germany and UK.

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SME Finance Forum Members



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Non-Members after Early Bird Rate
Register by May 4

US$1000

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Sponsors

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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 - hthy@ifc.org

Venue

Nairobi, Kenya

Accommodations

15-16 May, 2018

Participants may enjoy a special hotel room rate at Villa Rosa Kempinski: Chiromo Road, 00800, Nairobi Kenya