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SUMMIT &
GRAND-FINALE
2023 is Africa’s Business Heroes’ 5th anniversary. A mid-way mark in our prize competition program. Join us to celebrate with the most diverse entrepreneurial community on the continent.
23 & 24 November 2023
LOCATION Kigali/Rwanda
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  • Learn from over 50 speakers who hail from all regions of the continent
    Our diverse range of speakers includes entreprenurs, investors, business leaders, influencers, and ecosystem builders
  • Throughout the summit you can expect a range of formats including Ted-style talks, a live podcast on stage and panel debates
    The workshops will be practical and interactive allowing you to participate while learning
    On our grand finale stage you will be able to witness an entreprenurial masterclass
  • Experience an innovative showcase highlighting some of our business heroes and spotlighting their products from across the continent
    Witness a full-immersive augmented reality stage that will bring our Top 10 pitches to life
  • Mingle with a diverse community of speakers and guests from across the globe
    Benefit from the opportunity to gather new ideas and share your knowledge with our other guests
01 DIVERSE AND INSIGHTFUL SPEAKERS
Learn from over 50 speakers who hail from all regions of the continent
Our diverse range of speakers includes entreprenurs, investors, business leaders, influencers, and ecosystem builders
Throughout the summit you can expect a range of formats including Ted-style talks, a live podcast on stage and panel debates
The workshops will be practical and interactive allowing you to participate while learning
On our grand finale stage you will be able to witness an entreprenurial masterclass
Experience an innovative showcase highlighting some of our business heroes and spotlighting their products from across the continent
Witness a full-immersive augmented reality stage that will bring our Top 10 pitches to life
Mingle with a diverse community of speakers and guests from across the globe
Benefit from the opportunity to gather new ideas and share your knowledge with our other guests
WHAT TO EXPECT
23 Nov 2023 (Thurs)
Day 1
24 Nov 2023 (Fri)
Day 2
FULL DAY Showcase
Foyer1A
MORNING
0830 - 0930
Registration Networking Session #2
Foyer1A
MORNING
1000 - 1300
ABH Summit
MH1 & MH2
Grand Finale
(By Invitation Only)
Auditorium
Overflow Rooms
AD12 & MH1

1430 - 1530
Networking Session #3
Foyer1A
AFTERNOON
1400 - 1800
Workshops
AD12, MH1, MH2
EVENING
1815 - 2015
Networking Session #1
Showcase
Foyer1A
After Party
(By Invitaion Only)
Auditorium
23 Nov 2023 (Thurs)
Day 1
FULL DAY Showcase
Foyer1A
MORNING
0830 - 0930
Registration
MORNING
1000 - 1300
ABH Summit
MH1 & MH2
AFTERNOON
1400 - 1800
Workshops
AD12, MH1, MH2
EVENING
1815 - 2015
Networking Session #1
Showcase
Foyer1A
24 Nov 2023 (Fri)
Day 2
FULL DAY Showcase
Foyer1A
MORNING
0830 - 0930
Networking Session #2
Foyer1A
MORNING
1000 - 1300
Grand Finale
(By Invitation Only)
Auditorium

Overflow Rooms
AD12 & MH1

1430 - 1530
Networking Session #3
Foyer1A
AFTERNOON
1400 - 1800
EVENING
1815 - 2015
After Party
(By Invitaion Only)
Auditorium
Please note that ABH will not be responsible for any flights or accommodation costs to Kigali, Rwanda.
SHOWCASE
Be inspired by the impactful work of our past heroes, gaining invaluable insights into their remarkable achievements.
GRAND FINALE & AWARD CEREMONY

Witness top entrepreneurs competing in real-time for the esteemed title of Africa’s Business Hero and their share of USD 1.5 million unrestricted grant funding.

Join us in recognizing outstanding achievements and celebrating the spirit of entrepreneurship.

GRAND FINALE JUDGES
DR. DIANE KARUSISI
CEO, Bank of Kigali
IBUKUN AWOSIKA
Founder, The Chair Centre Group
JOE TSAI
Chairman,
Alibaba Group
SUMMIT AND WORKSHOP SPEAKERS
Aboubakar Karim
Founder & CEO of Investiv
ABH 2020 Top 10 Hero
Cote d'Ivoire
Ade Bajomo
President of FinTechNGR
Nigeria
Adebola Williams
Founder of RED Media Group
Nigeria
Alan Zong
Tech Investor
China
Amena Elsaie
Co-Founder & CEO of Helm
ABH 2022 Top 10 Hero
Egypt
Dr. Anino Emuwa
Managing Director of Avandis Consulting
ABH Round 2 Judge
Nigeria
Benjamin Bonnell
CEO of Expand in Africa
France
Bogolo Kenewendo
Global Economist
Kenewendo Advisory
Botswana
Buntu Majaja
CEO of SA Innovation Summit
ABH Round 2 Judge
South Africa
Charlot Magayi
Founder & CEO of Mukuru Clean Stoves
ABH 2021 Top 10 Hero
Kenya
Chebet Lesan
Founder & CEO of BrightGreen Renewable Energy
ABH 2020 Winner
Kenya
Chibuzo Opara
Founder & CEO of DrugStoc
ABH 2019 Top 10 Hero
Nigeria
Christelle Kwizera
Founder & Managing Director of Water Access Rwanda
ABH 2019 Second Runner Up
Rwanda
Ego Obi
Head of Operations, SubSaharan Africa of Google
Nigeria
Ewetse Khama
Communications Specialist
Botswana
Flavien Kouatcha
Founder & Chief Farming Officer of Save Our Agriculture
ABH 2022 Top 10 Hero
Cameroon
Dr. Frannie Leautier
Senior Partner & CEO of SouthBridge Investments
Tanzania
Fred Swaniker
Founder of African Leadership Group
ABH Semi-Final Judge
Ghana
Georgie Ndirangu
Head of Pan-African Program Communications
at Mastercard Foundation
Kenya
Hany O.Soliman
Regional Head & Operating Partner GCC & Africa of PayTabs
ABH Round 2 Judge
Egypt
Hasan Haider
Founder & Managing Director of Plus Venture Capital
ABH Semi-Final Judge
Bahrain
Isaac Ewaleifoh
Vice President of BDT & MSD Partners
ABH Round 2 Judge
Nigeria
Isabelle Kamariza
Founder of Solid'Africa
Rwanda
Just Ivy Africa
Award-Winning Influencer
Kenya
Karim Sy
Founder of JokkoLabs
Senegal
Ken Njoroge
Co-founder of Cellulant
ABH Semi-Final Judge
Kenya
Kevine Kagirimpundu
Co-founder & CEO of UZURI K&Y
ABH 2019 Top 10 Hero
Rwanda
Kome Oruade
Global Program Manager of Acumen
Nigeria
Lucy Nshuti Mbabazi
Lead of Africa Policy, Advocacy & Partnerships at UN-hosted Better Than Cash Alliance
Rwanda
Lucy Quist
Founder of the Bold New Normal
Ghana
Malik Shaffy Lizinde
Country Manager of African Management Institute
Rwanda
Mohamed Ali
Founder & CEO of Power Lock
ABH 2023 Top 20 Hero
Egypt
Moulaye Tabouré
Co-founder & CEO of ANKA
ABH 2019 Top 10 Hero
Cote d'Ivoire
Naa Ashorkor Mensah-Doku
Broadcast Journalist
Ghana
Natalie Jabangwe
Group Digital Executive Officer of Sanlam
South Africa
Nathalie Munyampenda
CEO of Kepler
Rwanda
Nuseir Yassin
Founder of Nas Daily
UAE
Nomzamo Mbatha
Actress & UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador
South Africa
Dr. Omar Shoukry Sakr
Founder & CEO of Nawah-Scientific
ABH 2019 First Runner Up
Egypt
Reda Lakhlifi
Founder of Founco
Morocco
Rene Parker
Founder of RLabs
ABH Semi-Final Judge
South Africa
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa
Broadcast Journalist
Zimbabwe
Shadrack Frimpong
Founder of Cocoa360
Ghana
Sherif Nessim
Founder & Managing Partner of Jedar Capital
Egypt
Tamim El Zein
Partner of Seedstars
ABH Round 1 Judge
France
Tesh Mbaabu
Founder & CEO of MarketForce Technologies
ABH 2022 First Runner Up
Kenya
Yussouf Ntwali
CEO of BAG Innovation
Rwanda
Yvette Ishimwe
Founder & CEO of IRIBA Water Group
ABH 2021 Top 10 Hero
Rwanda
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