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A Twitter Tour of the MIT Sloan Africa Innovate Conference

Posted By Page Buchanan, Monday, April 28, 2014

I recently spent a stimulating Saturday in Cambridge at the MIT Media Lab participating in the MIT Sloan Africa Club’s impressively organized Africa Innovate conference. A combination of jetlag and spring fever prompted me to tweet my way through the day to help focus my attention on the great speakers and innovations that the students managed to gather into one room.  To illustrate the great ideas and people I encountered, here a few of my favorite tweets.

 The most successful businesses in the world are built on people - @atadewunmi #AfricaInnovate

This was a quote from Ayodeji Adewunmi, a Nigerian entrepreneur who started Nigeria’s largest online jobs portal, Jobberman. 

 Fascinating panel on technology innovations #AfricaInnovate 

 Lesson for b-schools? @SanguDelle: Need to find ways to use tech to disrupt the business models of a variety of sectors #AfricaInnovate

Sangu Delle is an inspiring entrepreneur from Ghana who talked about the way that technology is able to change entire industries by turning business models upside down and inside out.

 Interesting model of connecting Africans with graduate business education by Fora #AfricaInnovate is a unique online platform for courses from top universities that bills itself as a way to get a world class education without leaving Africa, reducing brain drain and helping people improve their job prospects and contribute to their country’s economic development.

Trademarks aren't working very well in Africa. Keep innovating. You always have to be a step ahead @alakijaofficial #AfricaInnovate

The richest woman in Africa, Madame Folorunso Alakija, a serial entrepreneur, made this insightful statement about the state of the market in Africa. It isn’t about just having one good idea and letting it ride.  You have to keep innovating and keep up with the times, or you will be copied and left behind.

Agatha Amata, CEO @Insideoutmedia talks about ability of media to provide women a voice in Africa. #AfricaInnovate

The true African growth story is not about GDP, but about creation of sufficient jobs to employ growing youth #AfricaInnovate

Ladi Delano, a Nigerian entrepreneur, described his vision for Africa as one of opportunity.  Where parents can raise their children with positive hopes and plans for the future.


Page Buchanan is the Director of Operations at the Global Business School Network. 

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