emlyon partners with Africa’s leading ecosystem accelerator AfricArena

European business School emlyon partners with Africa’s leading ecosystem accelerator AfricArena

 Emlyon business school expands its African focus with first-ever partnership with AfricArena, the premium coordinator of top African innovation solutions and rated as the largest accelerator spearheading the African digital revolution.   

emlyon business school proudly announces a formal partnership with AfricArena to mutually promote and grow African Tech excellence and build bridges between European and African entrepreneurial and investor arenas.

The partnership serves to build on the increased presence of emlyon business school in Africa with its Casablanca campys and the key theme of unlocking Africa as the future of big returns on tech investments. emlyon business school and AfricArena will collaborate to support and connect the new generation of entrepreneurs in their race to launch new products and services to improve the lives of African communities and commerce while conquering global markets.

AfricArena annually sources and showcases Africa’s best startups and African innovation solutions to local and international investors looking for world-class talent. Their global scouting tour positions the continent as a prominent and competitive player in the global village of technology.

The inaugural AfricArena2017 event brought together key figures in the international and African tech innovation ecosystem and saw 450+ attendees watching over 40 speakers and witnessing more than 2 million US dollars’ worth of deals being made.

The two-day conference paired more than 80 of Africa’s best startups with over 100 investors from across the globe, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to really showcase Africa’s innovation talent.

As Academic partner of the conference, emlyon business school will be streaming the pitches of over 70 African start ups taking place at the conference, as well as some keynotes and participate by judging some of the Open Innovation battles. A delegation from emlyon business school will be present at AfricArena.

This new partnership between AfricArena and a major European business School with a strong footprint and focus on Africa will  facilitate our mission to bridge African startups with international investors and large corporations. We look forward to working with Emlyon business school team for this second edition and look forward to the enrichment in terms of content and research we can mutually draw from this partnership,” shares Christophe Viarnaud, founder and CEO of AfricArena.

« We are proud to be the Academic partner of AfricArena and then, encourage the emergence of innovative start-up in Africa. The continent has one of the world’s youngest workforces. One way to answer this big challenge is by nurturing start-ups. Entrepreneurship and digitalization are a key engine of economic growth and innovation and our role as a leading International Business school is to support this.” shares Tawhid Chtioui, Dean emlyon business school Africa.


AfricArena is the largest tech ecosystem accelerator in the world and it’s based right here in Africa. The 2018 edition will take place on 15 and 16 November 2018. The conference involves two days of conferences, aimed at creating links and opportunities between start-ups, investors and established companies, but also between the African continent and the rest of the world. AfricArena stands as a bridge between the international and African tech innovation ecosystems. It represents an opportunity to explore tomorrow’s trends, discover today’s best companies, start-ups and innovations, and to be inspired by the most disruptive ideas and people of the moment. After the success of the inaugural conference in November 2017, AfricArena will return to Cape Town where delegates will hear from some of the tech scene's leading visionaries and start-ups will have an opportunity to pitch their innovative solutions to corporates and investors. To find out more about AfricArena, please visit: https://africarena2018.com/