SMART City Africa

SMART City Africa Business matchmaking, knowledge-transfer and funding program dedicated to the advancement of Africa’s smart city strategy - one country at a time.
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7 REASONS TO ATTEND SMART CITY AFRICA

SMART CITY AFRICA is a ‘must attend’ event engineered to weigh opportunities, assess the risk landscape and measure the challenges that lie ahead for Cote D’Ivoire as it implements the nationally mandated sustainable urbanization process decreed by the ministries . It is also where relationships with strategic players driving this process in Cote D’Ivoire will be forged --including with international financiers and venture capitalists ready to help local entrepreneurs expand their projects and pilot programs.

Here are the 7 reasons why 300 delegates – including 48 international vendors of urban development solutions and technology -- are expected to take part in the inaugural edition of SMART CITY AFRICA:

#1. LIMITED ATTENDANCE | SMART CITY AFRICA is sized to welcome a limited number of international vendors, allowing each one of them enough time to interact with prospects and better assess opportunities.

#2. PERSONALIZED ATTENTION | We take the time to understand individual objectives. From initial contact, and throughout a long preparatory phase, our dedicated team carefully manages the expectations of every single one of our delegates.

#3. GUARANTEED MEETINGS | Meetings are planned in-house three months in advance. Their organization marries detailed intelligence about companies and their representatives, old-school market research and modern matchmaking technologies.

#4. LEARN FROM THE PROS | Delegates will be inspired by an amazing agenda of visionary keynotes, instructional sessions and company presentations led by industry experts, civil servants and political leaders.

#5. STRATEGIC NETWORKING | Delegates will create important and long-lasting bonds as they benefit from strategic networking opportunities, that will plug them into relationships and information sources that will help them make effective decisions.

#6. RAISE MONEY | Startup founders and entrepreneurs will be able to find solutions to accelerate their business, secure funding and raise investors interest in an environment that is shaping up to be very favorable.

#7. POST-EVENT FOLLOW UP ASSISTANCE | We will take the extra steps to help delegates plan and deploy their post-event strategy as such efforts will be critical to maximize SMART CITY AFRICA’s impact, and for companies to stay on the radar of vendors and prospects.

For more info contact [email protected]

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Slated from 6 to 8 February 2019, SMART CITY AFRICA is a B2B event focusing on the urbanization of Cote D’Ivoire, francophone Africa’s biggest economy and the world’s largest cacao exporter with a population of 24 million.

Developed in partnership with governmental institutions, SMART CITY AFRICA is tailored to welcome for three days a small group of decision-making level delegates regrouped as SELLERS | BUYERS | STARTUPS | VISITORS, ready to interact with each other and with a strategic vision for the urbanization of Cote D’Ivoire.

SMART CITY AFRICA will put under the spotlight 48 international companies offering innovative urban development solutions and technologies that could be successfully implemented in Cote D’Ivoire, in the following sectors:

CONSTRUCTION | DIGITAL SERVICES | EDUCATION | ENERGY | FOOD | HEALTH | MANUFACTURING | MARKETING | FINANCIAL SERVICES | PUBLIC ORGANIZATION | TRANSPORT | WATER | WASTE

The inaugural edition of SMART CITY AFRICA will consist of a compact agenda making time for:

-- Qualified meetings between FORTY-EIGHT international companies ready to explore opportunities in Cote D’Ivoire and TWO HUNDRED city leaders, architects, entrepreneurs and financiers with an urgent mandate to build sustainable city infrastructures and address unmet needs in urban development.

-- THREE keynote conversations on: (1) How smart technologies will drive Africa’s electrical expansion; (2) The role blockchain technology will play in the future of smart cities; (3) Developing resiliency in climate change.

-- TWENTY-ONE case-studies, company presentations and panel discussions delivered by experts and that are part of a knowledge-transfer program focusing on Cote D’Ivoire’s city development challenges and the solutions that already exist.

-- ONE pitch session for TWENTY-ONE local startups and entrepreneurs seeking to show their solutions to specialists, receive a constructive feedback from them, find partners and obtain financing.

To save time and money, SMART CITY AFRICA will take place in a networking-friendly environment, at the RADISSON BLU HOTEL located at walking distance from the Abidjan airport. Companies registering as SELLERS can book a unique low-cost participating package to include hotel accommodation for three nights for companies based outside of Cote D’Ivoire.

SELLERS must register before Friday 26 October. Meetings between delegates will be planned three months before the event, from Monday 12 November, by an in-house team of Abidjan and Los-Angeles based ‘matchmakers’ who will help delegates assess opportunities and set-up meetings for specific purposes.

Online registration for delegates taking part as BUYERS | STARTUPS | VISITORS will begin on Monday 13 August.

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Slated from 6 to 8 February 2019, SMART CITY AFRICA is a B2B event focusing on the urbanization of Cote D’Ivoire, francophone Africa’s biggest economy and the world’s largest cacao exporter with a population of 24 million. Developed in partnership with governmental institutions, SMART CITY AFRICA is tailored to welcome for three days a small group of decision-making level delegates regrouped as SELLERS | BUYERS | STARTUPS | VISITORS, ready to interact with each other and with a strategic vision for the urbanization of Cote D’Ivoire. SMART CITY AFRICA will put under the spotlight 48 international companies offering innovative urban development solutions and technologies that could be successfully implemented in Cote D’Ivoire, in the following sectors: CONSTRUCTION | DIGITAL SERVICES | EDUCATION | ENERGY | FOOD | HEALTH | MANUFACTURING | MARKETING | FINANCIAL SERVICES | PUBLIC ORGANIZATION | TRANSPORT | WATER | WASTE The inaugural edition of SMART CITY AFRICA will consist of a compact agenda making time for: Qualified meetings between FORTY-EIGHT international companies ready to explore opportunities in Cote D’Ivoire and TWO HUNDRED city leaders, architects, entrepreneurs and financiers with an urgent mandate to build sustainable city infrastructures and address unmet needs in urban development. THREE keynote conversations on: (1) How smart technologies will drive Africa’s electrical expansion; (2) The role blockchain technology will play in the future of smart cities; (3) Developing resiliency in climate change. TWENTY-ONE case-studies, company presentations and panel discussions delivered by experts and that are part of a knowledge-transfer program focusing on Cote D’Ivoire’s city development challenges and the solutions that already exist. ONE pitch session for TWENTY-ONE local startups and entrepreneurs seeking to show their solutions to specialists, receive a constructive feedback from them, find partners and obtain financing. To save time and money, SMART CITY AFRICA will take place in a networking-friendly environment, at the RADISSON BLU HOTEL located at walking distance from the Abidjan airport. Companies registering as SELLERS can book a unique low-cost participating package to include hotel accommodation for three nights for companies based outside of Cote D’Ivoire. SELLERS must register before Friday 26 October. Meetings between delegates will be planned three months before the event, from Monday 12 November, by an in-house team of Abidjan and Los-Angeles based ‘matchmakers’ who will help delegates assess opportunities and set-up meetings for specific purposes. Online registration for delegates taking part as BUYERS | STARTUPS | VISITORS will begin on Monday 13 August.

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Slated from 6 to 8 February 2019, SMART CITY AFRICA is a B2B event focusing on the urbanization of Cote D’Ivoire, francophone Africa’s biggest economy and the world’s largest cacao exporter with a population of 24 million.

Developed in partnership with governmental institutions, SMART CITY AFRICA is tailored to welcome for three days a small group of decision-making level delegates regrouped as SELLERS | BUYERS | STARTUPS | VISITORS, ready to interact with each other and with a strategic vision for the urbanization of Cote D’Ivoire.

SMART CITY AFRICA will put under the spotlight 48 international companies offering innovative urban development solutions and technologies that could be successfully implemented in Cote D’Ivoire, in the following sectors:

CONSTRUCTION | DIGITAL SERVICES | EDUCATION | ENERGY | FOOD | HEALTH | MANUFACTURING | MARKETING | FINANCIAL SERVICES | PUBLIC ORGANIZATION | TRANSPORT | WATER | WASTE

The inaugural edition of SMART CITY AFRICA will consist of a compact agenda making time for:


  • Qualified meetings between FORTY-EIGHT international companies ready to explore opportunities in Cote D’Ivoire and TWO HUNDRED city leaders, architects, entrepreneurs and financiers with an urgent mandate to build sustainable city infrastructures and address unmet needs in urban development.

  • THREE keynote conversations on: (1) How smart technologies will drive Africa’s electrical expansion; (2) The role blockchain technology will play in the future of smart cities; (3) Developing resiliency in climate change.

  • TWENTY-ONE case-studies, company presentations and panel discussions delivered by experts and that are part of a knowledge-transfer program focusing on Cote D’Ivoire’s city development challenges and the solutions that already exist.

  • ONE pitch session for TWENTY-ONE local startups and entrepreneurs seeking to show their solutions to specialists, receive a constructive feedback from them, find partners and obtain financing.
  • To save time and money, SMART CITY AFRICA will take place in a networking-friendly environment, at the RADISSON BLU HOTEL located at walking distance from the Abidjan airport. Companies registering as SELLERS can book a unique low-cost participating package to include hotel accommodation for three nights for companies based outside of Cote D’Ivoire.

    SELLERS must register before Friday 26 October. Meetings between delegates will be planned three months before the event, from Monday 12 November, by an in-house team of Abidjan and Los-Angeles based ‘matchmakers’ who will help delegates assess opportunities and set-up meetings for specific purposes.

    Online registration for delegates taking part as BUYERS | STARTUPS | VISITORS will begin on Monday 13 August.

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