About Nordics Sparks

Nurturing Synergies, Nordics and Africa in The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Is a day long event organized by Sahara Sparks event ltd and the University of Turku together with other partners with the main aim of nurturing the current relations between Africa and the Nordic Region. The event is catered for Nordic tech businesses that can be adopted in Africa, Nordic investors who want to invest in Africa, Non-Governmental organizations and other stakeholders (innovators, intellects, tech enthusiasts, developing partners, entrepreneurs etc.) with interest in Africa. Africa is a market of 1.2 billion people, with the increase of the middle class and youthful population Africa creates opportunities for global businesses that are looking for fast growing sustainable markets. Nordic Sparks is an event building up to a larger event in Tanzania in October 2019. Investors and participants of the Nordic Sparks will get a chance to participate in the larger event.

Event Activities

Deal Room

Roundtable & Fireside Chat

Tech Transfer Room

Virtual Exhibition

Startup Profiling

Our Speakers & Experts

Aape
Pohjavirta

Chief Evangelist, Funzi

Jumanne
Mtambalike

CEO, Sahara Ventures

Vanessa
Kisowile

Lead, Sahara Sparks

Kari-Pekka
Murtonen

Adviser for Innovation and Development, Fingo

Agapiti
Manday

Co-Founder Tanzania Data Lab (dlab)

Sara
Lindeman

Project Manager, Aalto University

Event Schedule

2 Sept, 2019

8 : 30 AM - 9 : 00 AM

Reception and Registration

9 : 00 AM - 9 : 05 AM

Host Introduction

Host

9 : 05 AM - 9 : 15 AM

Sahara Sparks Representative

Overview of Sahara Sparks event. Our journey, other cities we have hosted the event, the impact of the event and invite people for the main event in October

Vanessa Kisowile

9 : 15 AM - 9 : 30 AM

Keynote Special Guest

Mr. Aape Pohjavirta

9 : 30 AM - 9 : 40 AM

Presentation

The role of technology and innovation in socioeconomic development in Africa

Jumanne Mtambalike

11 : 00 AM - 11 : 20 AM

Tea Break & Networking.

11 : 20 AM - 11 : 30 AM

Short Video (Dar Innovation Ecosystem)

Jumanne Mtambalike

11 : 30 AM - 12 : 00 AM

Startup Profiling

Vanessa Kisowile

12 : 00 AM - 12 : 30 PM

Open Discussion

12 : 30 PM - 1 : 30 PM

Lunch Break

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM | Breakout Session

ROOM A
Business Room (for Nordic Traditional and Impact investors to invest in African startups and Social Enterprises)

1 : 30 PM - 3 : 00 PM | Breakout Session

ROOM B
Products and solutions in East African context Room (For Nordic tech companies to preface their potential in African markets)

3 : 00 PM - 3 : 30 PM

Closing

Wrapping Up the day and discussions in ROOM A and B.

Our Organizers

Emma
Nkonoki

Project researcher, University of Turku

Dr. Ville
Taajamaa´s

Post-doctoral researcher, University of Turku

Antero
Järvi

University teacher, University of Turku

Felistas
Makene

Clients Relations and Events, Sahara Sparks

Najma
Khamis

PR & Communications, Sahara Sparks

Simon
Mawole

IT Lead, Sahara Sparks

Our Sponsors & Partners

Contact Info

Address

A Grid
Otakaari 5 Espoo Finland, 02150 Espoo, Finland

Phone

Africa | +255 744 828 241