The Sankalp Africa Summit is the fastest growing inclusive development platform for entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, donors and corporations. Sankalp Africa Summit 2016 will be the third edition in East Africa and will be held in Kenya, Nairobi, on the 25 and 26 February, 2016 at the Kenya School of Government, where the summit will see the participation of over 800 delegates, reputed leaders, eminent social impact partners like World Bank Group, USAID, The Lemelson Foundation, Shell Foundation, Kenya Climate Innovation Center, Educate Global Fund and ICCO Cooperation to name a few.
Over the last three years 1000+ people have attended the summit which has featured partners, enterprises and entrepreneurs from 30+ countries, including 15+ African Nations. The Sankalp Forum was established to enable a common action platform to connect, collaborate and celebrate African entrepreneurship.
Each year Sankalp recognizes high potential entrepreneurs as leaders of the Future of Africa. This year, 13 enterprises will pitch to the audience at Sankalp to compete for the coveted Sankalp Africa Award. Over the last 2 years, Sankalp has recognized 20 enterprises in Africa and facilitated investments worth US$ 200,000 into one enterprise. Globally, Sankalp has supported 500 such businesses and channeled investments worth US$ 120Mn.
Winners of this year’s award will be chosen by a jury featuring leadingindustry veterans including investment guru Aly Khan Satchu, CEO, Rich Management, Duncan Onyango, Regional Director, Acumen Fund, Manu Chandaria, Chairman, Comcraft, Amrote Abdella, Regional Director,Microsoft4Africa, Jasper Snouk, CFO, Doen Foundation, Eline Blaauboer, Managing Partner, Spark Fund, Mark Carrato, Economic Growth Director, USAID and Courtney Blodgett, Program Officer, Vulcan Inc.
The Sankalp Africa Summit 2016 will take a comprehensive look at the different strata of society which shape, influence, and stimulate inclusive and high-impact businesses, while also building markets to carry these businesses to scale, enabling them to reach their full potential. Attendees will benefit immensely from. It will bring together delegations from West Africa, Southern Africa and other countries in East Africa, enabling more regional collaboration and dialogue.
Aparajita Agrawal, Director of Sankalp Forum, says “Africa has always had a leadership position in ICT and Technology, but increasingly activity by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in sectors like healthcare, clean energy, agriculture and financial services is booming. To support the growth of such SMEs, Intellecap, has expanded Sankalp Forum, one of the world’s largest SME focused platforms to Africa.”
The Summit will drive greater harmonization among global actors and build on conversations from the Africa summit at the Global Sankalp Summit in Mumbai from April 21-22, 2016. The Global Summit will witness participation from over 1500 delegates representing 30 countries.