Meet AI for Good African Startups – Live Pitching Session 2

Speakers, Panelists and Moderators

    Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of AI Center of Excellence Africa
    AI Center of Excellence Africa
    John is a Tech Entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience working in new market acquisitions across various technology verticals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. John is one of Africa’s leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends, transform organizations and drive competitive advantage for impact in industries including finance, agriculture, health, education, gaming and startup enterprises. He is a Pan African renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, mentor and public speaker holding multiple roles including Founder Adalabs Kenya – AI and smart tech lab accelerating and training entrepreneurs and developers in east Africa and Founder Afyarekod – AI led consumer driven medical record storage platform for consumers.
    Investment Manager
    FINCA Ventures
    Melissa Tickle is an Investment Manager at FINCA Ventures with 7 years of experience in Impact Investing, SME Finance, and ESG management. FINCA Ventures is an early stage impact investor that supports social enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to FINCA, she managed the Impact and ESG program for TriLinc Global, a fund sponsor that lends to SMEs globally. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations.
    Startup Program Manager
    Melissa Sassi is the Chief Penguin of IBM Hyper Protect Accelerator. Yes, she created her own penguin title! Melissa works with early stage entrepreneurs on digital and business transformation. Have you heard of Call for Code? It’s an IBM initiative aimed at preparing for and responding to climate change via tech innovation. Melissa is a Judge! Prior IBM, Melissa spent several years at Microsoft where she built internet and energy access networks and introducing digital skills to the newly connected. Melissa is also the Founder & CEO of MentorNations, a youth-led digital skills movement in Africa that has taught tens of thousands of youth to code across twelve countries. Melissa is Chair of IEEE's Digital Intelligence Working Group and is on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Digital Intelligence with the World Economic Forum, OECD, IEEE, and the DQ Institute. She is also a Founding Member of and holds Board positions with TAKMIL, a nonprofit with 30 informal schools across rural Pakistan, and TechWomen.Asia, a Kabul, Afghanistan-based nonprofit focused on tech skill-building for Afghani women and girls. Melissa holds two master's degrees and is working toward her PhD. Her research focuses on the digital inclusion of under-represented communities. Melissa serves on a Round Table within the UN and has been a speaker in more than 100 in topics involving digital inclusion, community building, youth empowerment, imposter syndrome, and personal branding.
    Ventures Platform
    Kayode Oyewole is a Partner at Ventures Platform where he spends most of his time making bold bets in early-stage companies building products that literarily push Africa forward and supporting portfolio companies as they find product-market fit and scale. He has led investments in >30 startups. He was an early employee at Metro Africa Xpress (MAX) Techstars NY(15) a mobility company, which pioneered motorcycle hailing and Electric mobility in Nigeria. He led and managed Labs by ARM, a fintech accelerator backed by Nigeria’s biggest asset managers ARM, and serves as a Mentor on several startup programs.
    Founder and CEO
    AI Media Group
    Dr Nick Bradshaw has 25 years experience in the tech sector taking complex technology propositions to market and helping customers deploy and mature Enterprise collaboration software & cloud platforms. Nick has worked in Europe, North America & Africa with a diverse set of Multi $bn global clients. Nick has consulted with multiple tech start-ups building Sales & Marketing Ops in the UK, Europe and Africa. In 2017 Nick launched the AI Media Group based in cape Town, SA, a new hybrid media, consulting & events company offering clients insights into the growing 4IR opportunity in Africa. AI Media are creators of Africa's largest B2B AI innovation & trade focused community (AI Expo Africa), Africa's first AI & Data Science Magazine (Synapse) and Africa’s first dedicated AI focused streaming channel (AI TV).


01 Jun 2021


CEST, Geneva