Congo Business Network and Afrobytes partner for the May 15 event in Paris

Patrick Tourneboeuf

Afrobytes Tech Marketplace will be back in Paris on May 15, 2019 for its 4th annual edition and will partner with Congo Business Network to give Congolese Tech a global stage at Station F, the world’s biggest startup campus.

With 34,000 square meters, over 3,000 desks in the startup zone, 26 international startup programs, and more than 1,000 startups hosted, Station F is the only startup campus gathering a whole entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof and is the perfect connection point between the African Tech Industry and other tech communities.

Congo Business Network will lead the Congolese Tech team whose mission will be to pitch Congo’s Tech Ecosystem high potential. Afrobytes Marketplace will give the floor to visionary tech leaders who will discuss how their industries are developing and share their vision for the technology advances that will shape the Congolese market and the economy this year and beyond.

For this fourth edition, Afrobytes and Congo Business Network will encourage and facilitate collaborations between entrepreneurs, corporations, and investors who are looking at the African continent by offering them a great place to meet, a large media coverage and an unprecedented access to a global network of potential partners coming from all over the world.

In its 4 years of existence, Afrobytes has enabled many startups to forge fruitful relationships with investors, find the rare talents they need to strengthen a team and develop partnerships with international companies.

About Afrobytes:

Afrobytes is based in Paris at Station F and was founded by Ammin Youssouf and Haweya Mohamed. Its mission is to bridge the gap between the African Tech Industry and other international communities. To achieve this, the company organizes international tech events to give African Tech a global stage, whose purpose is to accelerate the African Tech Industry.

Major companies such as Facebook, Google, Consensys, SAP, Kaspersky, LVMH, Sanofi, JCDecaux, Instagram, Alibaba, and others have participated in their events to connect with the best tech talents from African markets. These events are covered by international media such as BBC, France 24, Quartz, TechCrunch, Black Enterprise, Forbes, TV5Monde, Les Echos, and Le Figaro. The work and influence of Afrobytes are now internationally recognized. In 2018, both founders were listed in the Top 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine (rank 94-95) and The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur magazine.

About Congo Business Network:

Congo Business Network is an international network of Congolese professionals and entrepreneurs. Its mission is to connect professionals and entrepreneurs in the diaspora in order to take action and contribute to the economic development of Congo. The objectives of the network are to:

Mobilize its supporters to regularly promote business opportunities in Congo; get the diaspora involved in economic and social development projects in Congo; and put the expertise of its supporters into initiatives that contribute to the advancement of professional life.

The network has pioneered the most technologically advanced way to connect the diaspora with entrepreneurs in Congo and in Africa through online events that are organized with LinkedIn Events and Cisco WebEx. Online events have three goals:

Connect the diaspora to professionals and entrepreneurs in Africa; share knowledge and expertise in a sector of economic activity; and create real-time networking opportunities by video among participants on Cisco WebEx.

Individuals in the network are seasoned professionals and entrepreneurs who are based in such cities as Hong Kong, Montreal, New York, Paris, and Kinshasa. And they have experience from companies ranging from Microsoft, BNP Paribas, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, to TV5Monde. The organization is led by a former United States Marine named Noel K. Tshiani, president of Agere Global, an investment advisory and business strategy firm headquartered in New York, in the United States of America.

Congo is one of the four African countries participating in the pitching sessions alongside Nigeria, Ghana, and Ethiopia. In fact, this country is gigantic by numbers.  With 87 million inhabitants, according to McKinsey & Company’s most recent statistics, it is the 4th most populous nation in Africa, behind Nigeria (190), Ethiopia (105) and Egypt (97). Spread over 2.34 million square kilometers, Congo is the second largest country in Africa by size after Algeria.

For sponsorship opportunities, interview requests, or media inquiries, please call Afrobytes at +33.608.684.193 or you can send a message to contact@afrobytes.com.

Tickets can be bought on Afrobytes.com and future event participants can watch the teaser on YouTube and also stay connected on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  

Event Details:

May 15, 2019 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at Station F in Paris, France.

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