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Sankalp Africa Summit 2024 – Igniting Africa’s Potential for a Just Transition

Image: Sankalp Forum. Sankalp Awards Winners (left to Right) – Claire, Winner. Toothpick Company. 1st Runner Up Francis from Keep IT Cool, 2nd Runner Up, Victoria from MedTrack Technologies and Sachin from Agrosahas International

In the ever-evolving landscape of innovation, entrepreneurs stand out as the driving force propelling revolutionary solutions and fostering lasting change. The recent Sankalp Summit served as a vibrant showcase of this innovative spirit, putting entrepreneurs at the forefront, spotlighting their pioneering initiatives, and providing avenues for expansion and partnership.

Anzisha fellows and alumni joined our team at the conference in Nairobi for an unforgettable experience. “The summit was really great and it came at the right time. I am already in conversation with 3 companies, who have screened our pitch deck and we are talking about next steps and requirements,” shares Joan Nalubega (Anzisha Fellow 2018) enthusiastically. “The summit was full of powerful connections that will definitely help us.”

Mathias Yabe (Anzisha Fellow 2022) desires to have food systems that are both sustainable and fair to his local community and used the time at Sankalp as an opportunity to join the Energy Catalyst grant programme for the next cycle. “It was great! We are considering a collaboration with Their revolutionary solar powered grain miller will help us expand our post-harvest management solutions to the grain value chain. Thanks for the opportunity!”

The opening plenary on ‘ Where Women Thrive Economies Flourish: Charting an Inclusive Economy for Africa’ featured Hayat A., Director of Development Impact, Infrastructure and Climate Investments, British International Investment, Erin Tansey, Director, Sustainable Inclusive Economies, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Mary Wandia Wanjiru, Director-Programs, Africa Co-Impact and Nadia Ahmed Abdalla, Communications Manager at CorpsAfrica, in conversation with Karnika Yadav, Partner & Director, Intellecap Africa.

It paved the way for engaging morning sessions such as ‘ The Big Debate: Africa’s Just Transition’ which delved into the critical question of achieving a just transition in Africa without compromising economic growth or exacerbating environmental degradation. With a focus on transitioning from aid-based to trade-based economies, the discussion will explore how African nations can pursue sustainable development pathways that prioritise job creation, economic prosperity, and environmental protection.

In the afternoon, ‘Charting the Course: Crafting an Actionable Roadmap for Circular Economy Transition in Africa’ was dedicated to advancing the circular and regenerative economy in Africa, with a keen focus on critical sectors such as plastics, e-waste, agriculture, and textiles. By convening policymakers, industry experts, and ecosystem actors, we aimed to explore the economic advantages, including job creation and resource efficiency.

The evolution of Sankalp Africa has been marked by significant milestones and tangible impact. Originating over a decade ago, this pioneering platform merged an entrepreneurship-driven development approach with its renowned flagship event, aiming to cultivate the entrepreneurial ecosystem, facilitate collaboration within the development sector, and advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

With a presence in both East Africa and West Africa, Sankalp exemplifies how intricate social issues can be effectively tackled through concerted efforts by a diverse group of change agents. By fostering dialogues, fostering collaborations, and driving innovation, ideas, investments, and tangible outcomes, Sankalp continues to play a pivotal role in driving positive change and sustainable development.

Every year, Sankalp Africa showcases outstanding enterprises and this year it showcased 11 promising finalist startups at the Sankalp Africa Awards 2024.

  • Agri Business Solutions Ltd (Kenya) – They are driving agricultural innovation and sustainability through tailored solutions and consultancy services.
  • Agrosahas International Private Limited (Uganda) – They are revolutionizing agricultural practices and supply chain management through cutting-edge technology solutions.
  • HealthX Africa (Kenya) – They are leveraging technology to improve healthcare access and delivery, making quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all.
  • Keep IT Cool (Kenya) – They are leading the way in sustainable cooling solutions, reducing energy consumption and environmental impact in refrigeration and air conditioning.
  • Kwanza Tukule Foods Limited (Kenya) – They are revolutionizing the food industry with nutritious and sustainable products, promoting healthy eating habits and food security.
  • MedTrack Technologies Limited (Ghana) – They are enhancing healthcare delivery through innovative medical tracking and management solutions, ensuring patient safety and efficiency.
  • Nazava Water Filters Limited (Kenya) – They are providing clean and safe drinking water to communities in need through affordable and sustainable water filtration technologies.
  • Rio Fish Ltd (Kenya) – They are promoting sustainable aquaculture practices and seafood production, ensuring food security and environmental conservation.
  • Rouzo (registered as Owoafara Inc) (Nigeria) – They are revolutionizing the fashion industry through ethical and sustainable practices, empowering artisans and promoting cultural heritage.
  • Toothpick Company Ltd. (Toothpick Project) (Kenya) – They are tackling oral hygiene challenges through innovative dental care products and awareness campaigns, promoting dental health and wellbeing.
  • Tractor On the Go (TOG) Limited (Nigeria) – They are modernizing agriculture through mechanization and farm equipment rental services, empowering smallholder farmers and enhancing agricultural productivity.

Remarkably, startups celebrated at these awards have collectively raised over USD $800 million in equity investments, marking a significant impact in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

One of Africa’s largest convening on impact entrepreneurship and sustainable development, the 11th Sankalp Africa Summit 2023, hosted by Aavishkaar Group and Intellecap convened on February 28-29 at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) in Nairobi.

This year the Summit positively engaged over 1,500 different stakeholders from across 60+ countries in over 35+ Sessions featuring 200+ Speakers with 20+ Hours of Learning, covering the development ecosystem, to discuss, define, and drive forward the critical levers of catalysing impact and igniting Africa’s potential for a just potential.

Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown
Lynn is a content marketer that focuses on brand storytelling through digital platforms. Skilled in a background of web development, search engine optimization and content production, Lynn is excited to utilize over 10 years’ experience in digital marketing to help grow the ecosystems that support Africa’s very young entrepreneurs to ensure their success.

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