Crowdfunding has the potential to be the most disruptive technology in the history of investment. Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have revolutionized the ways in which early stage ventures are funded and products marketed. While sites such as Angel List and Gust have given investors unprecedented access to investment and deal flow, these opportunities have, in large part, been limited to entrepreneurs and investors in the US and Europe.
By providing entrepreneurs access to much needed capital and offering investors access to great investment opportunities, crowdfunding has the capacity to create great social and economic growth in local and regional economies. Entrepreneurs in developing economies stand to benefit most from the rapidly growing crowdfunding industries. In Sub-Saharan Africa some countries and regions are well-positioned to benefit from the proliferation of crowdfunding.
The discussion on May 9th will be focused on identifying regions and industries in Sub-Saharan Africa that stand to benefit from the growth of the crowdfunding industry and the ways in which African entrepreneurs may access capital.