What’s in it?

Stars in Africa is a unique market place. Its goal is to connect and accelerate the actors and networks that bring proven solutions for youth training, employment and entrepreneurship in Africa while doing business. This private-secto led dynamic brings an outstanding view on entrepreneurship and youth by federating renown in-the-field actors and networks. Its is a world cup of “doers” championing and societal actions together.

During two days, the high-level and carefully selected audience will get in touch, expand its network and get a chance to grab actionable take-aways to develop their own activities.

Keynotes & High-level plenaries

Keynotes & High-level plenaries

Learn and get inspired by the greatest business actors from the world.

Solution masterclass & Workshops

Solution masterclass & Workshops

Exchange with proven solution-makers in the fields of youth training, employment and entrepreneurship while doing business.



Place for B2B meetings and for sectoral connections, open during the two days of the Forum.

Marketplaces will facilitate meetings within 6 key field areas: culture, digital, education, energy/environment, health/better life & agri-business.

Startup contest

Startup contest

18 selected leading fast-growing companies active in Africa compete for 6 business awards (education, digital/tech industry, health/better living, culture, energy/environment & agri-business).
Public sessions of pitches will offer a snapshot of the best innovators in the continent today.
Winners will receive a money price and 1 year of support offered by a startup platform to fast track their growth.

Side Event

Side Event

The Stars in Africa eco-system is highlighting, rewarding or launching key initiatives and dynamics.

See the program below

See the program below

  • Keynotes & High level plenaries
  • Solutions Masterclass & Workshops
  • Stars in Africa Pitch
  • Sessions
  • Highlights
8:00 am
8:30 am
9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
7:30 pm
8:00 pm
Tuesday March 6th
Tuesday March 6th
Opening Session; Official Opening Ceremony
9:15 am - 10:00 am

Prominent business figures, political leaders and recognized civil society actors exchange their views on the main African business trends that reshape business environment and inspire other regions.
● African companies go global & increase investments beyond borders
● Africa creates and exports innovation
● Multinationals lose market shares to local companies
● Youth & Entrepreneurs are driving forces

High Level Opening
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Press Conference

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Keynote KPMG - Launch of an exclusive Stars in Africa study

Kenya County Governors Meeting
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Session I "One Global Network, the first world marketplace"
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

In 2050, Africa is expected to host nearly 1⁄4 of the global urban population. The dynamic of demography in Africa is either seen as a chance or a risk. Whatever stance observers take, infrastructures will have to be created and adapted to the new realities. In the next 35 years, Africa will need to accommodate almost 900 million new urban dwellers. Schools, universities, housing, transportation, hospitals will have to be crafted to face the increasing demand and urban centers will have to manage an exponential population while offering additional services and qualitative life for the population. Consumption patterns of this emerging class are also modified by the disruption of technologies and new brands creating African models.

● Africa is becoming an economic leader.
● Youth and women become the pillars of this first market place in the world.
● Entrepreneurs are the pillars of this ongoing transformation.

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Smart Cities
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Business and Human Rights meeting
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

IOE session

Overview of the main international instruments on responsible business conduct. Why does it matter? The business case for responsible business conduct.
- Where do we stand with regards to human rights and responsible business conduct in Africa?
- What are the challenges?
- What support and services for companies on responsible business conduct are needed?
- Where to get help? The role of Employers' and Business Organisations.

Digital Reality, Disrupt or get disrupted
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Session II "Digital reality: Disrupt, or get disrupted"
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Africa has entered its Digital Era. Today, the fatest eats the slowest. Every company will be, at its core, a technology company, and data will become the new oil. Digital experts will explain how innovative breakthroughs in technology, finance, transportation, communications and more have transformed, and will continue to transform, the world we live and work in. Youth is the background wave of this transformation.

Africa-EU business federations chairpersons meeting (closed session)
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm

IOE session

Youth Training, Employability and Entrepreneurship
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Digital & Tech
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Energy / Environment
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Session III " Train and then undertake"
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

By 2050, one third of the world’s youth population will live in Africa. Fast growing economies require flexible skills with strong investments in human capital to educate, train, support people throughout their life and career. The challenge is to connect the workforce to the needs of the economies, to integrate youth in the labor market, to promote initiatives and enterprises, to set up agile systems to face industrial switch and technology breakthrough, to be always ready to grasp growth opportunities and offer the workers the possibility to be part of the transformation.

● Business and Academics address in common the Youth and Employment stakes.
● Using available skills, opening to all talents, promoting diversity are drivers of growth for any economy.
● Equal access for women in the labor market is also a strong leverage for transformation.

Start-up Contest
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Stars in Africa Cocktail
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

High-Level Dinner
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Wednesday March 7th
Wednesday March 7th
Keynote "Stars in Africa, new leaders, innovative Africa"

Session IV "Financing, success requirement, become a national champion"
9:15 am - 10:00 am

Access to finance and cost of financing are keys to grow businesses. Strong local financial sector combined with international market access are drivers for a robust economy. African Diasporas are also key actors. Financial sector can fuel the inclusive growth providing entrepreneurs and companies with dedicated financing package thanks to crowdlending, mobile money, access to banking services, equity investments, debt financing, factoring, enhanced and simplified risks assessments.

Investing and Financing
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Health & Better-life
10:15 am - 11:15 am

Cultural Entrepreneurship
10:15 am - 11:15 am
Launch Stars in Africa Study by KPMG
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Exclusive announcement on the first ever global annual study embracing international and local start-up active in the continent. The lack of existing data makes it difficult to streamline and quantify the impact of start-up and entrepreneurship in Africa. Collecting, reporting and sharing data will enhance measurement practice which in return can help design policies, guide capital and stimulate innovation. Inspirational stories focusing on countries, sectors, technologies, companies will help to understand and map the innovators in Africa today.

Closing Ceremony "Transforming Africa Forces, all Entrepreneurs"
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

● Stars In Africa Awards - Young rising stars The 6 Stars In Africa winners (energy/environment, culture, digital/tech industry, education, health/better living, agribusiness).
● Communication of the European and African Private sector recommendations to the Heads of States from Europe and Africa