Fact-Finding Mission
Africa Fintech
RESCHEDULED

Rescheduled // Business Mission to the Africa FinTech Festival

Postponed due to coronavirus. New dates: 11.10.2021 - 16.10.2021

The health of our customers, partners and employees is a top priority for Switzerland Global Enterprise. Against the background of the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, we are therefore postponing our Business Mission to the Africa FinTech Festival to Oct 11-16, 2021. Alternatively, we offer our customers an exchange with our experts via digital channels at any time - Suhail el Obeid is at your disposal regarding any questions about the planned trip.

 

 

A unique opportunity for Swiss companies and entrepreneurs, who want to access the African FinTech ecosystem, facilitate linkages, encourage partnerships and present their solutions to a wide audience.

Who should participate?
The mission is taking place from 11.10.2021 - 16.10.2021 and is for companies from Switzerland and Liechtenstein namely Financial Service Providers, Tech Companies incl. SME and Startups, Universities and Research Institutions, Investors and Regulators. Here they will find new business opportunities and potential collaborations, exchange innovative technologies ideas and deployment in the field of FinTech across and beyond Africa.

Why Africa?
Africa as continent is globally seen as an emerging market, with opportunities in a multitude of sectors and industries. Especially in the FinTech space, the adoption of FinTech innovations are solving real challenges in people’s daily lives since more than 350 million of the population in Africa is unbanked (according to GSMA, 2017). FinTech provides life-changing services in banking and insurance with new technologies like mobile money, online payment processing, lending and investing is changing the efficiency level of the whole financial sector. Africa became a leader in mobile-driven innovation and Startups of its FinTech sector have received more investment in the past three years than others. The ecosystem has grown rapidly and is set to grow to $3bn from $200mil by 2020!

Africa FinTech Festival
This year, Mauritius hosts the Africa FinTech Festival from 13.10.2021 - 15.10.2021 and more than 2’000 visitors are expected. It seeks to foster greater collaboration between African ecosystems. Besides various other countries, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia have already confirmed their attendance with official delegations and Switzerland as well as the UK and Canada will be represented with an official delegation as well.

Why the event is hosted in Mauritius
With a healthy, well-established legal system, favorable tax rate, fast internet connection and respected financial regulatory authorities, Mauritius has the right mix to power FinTech growth in Africa. It strives to be a leading FinTech hub and gateway to and from Africa and as a test-bed for experimenting FinTech products. Several international IT companies and FinTech Start-ups aiming towards Africa are already using Mauritius as a viable FinTech platform.

What can you expect from this business mission?
As a participant of our business mission, you will benefit from:

  • Access to the prominently located and exclusive Swiss Lounge (fully serviced) for you and your guests
  • Join Swiss Pitching Sessions
  • Participate in panel discussions and presentations during the Festival
  • Be a participant at the Swiss reception with the Ambassador of Switzerland and selected high-level guests incl. government and business representatives and experts from the Industry
  • Visit Ebène Cyber City, the information technology and financial hub of Mauritius
  • Trip to the African Leadership University (ALU) where you engage with young future African leaders who are taught to solve African contextual challenges in an inspiring Environment
  • Visit the Economic Development Board of Mauritius (EDB)
  • The valuable know-how and information exchange within your travel group

Register now, we are looking forward to welcoming you!

Intro

Information

Date
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Target audience Swiss FinTech companies: Blockchain, Crypto, WealthTech, etc. and other financial software providers
Organizer Swiss Business Hub Southern e Eastern Africa, Switzerland Global Enterprise
Event language

English

Place

Mauritius

Program

Program (new program details coming soon)

Monday Oct 11, 2021

Arrival of Business Delegation Members from 08:00 - 18:00

Welcoming and Briefing Apéro

Location: Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port Louis

End of day

Tuesday Oct 12, 2021

Visit Economic Development Board (EDB) Mauritius

Light Lunch in Ebène Cyber City with Honorary Consul General of Switzerland to Mauritius, Mr Adrien Wehrli

Location: Hennessy Park Hotel, 65 Cyber City, Ebène Cyber City

Company visit Ebène Cyber City | Fintech and/or BPO company

Location: Ebène Cyber City

Visit African Leadership University

Wrap Up and Farewell

Location: Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Port Louis

End of day

Wednesday Oct 13, 2021

Africa Fintech Festival

Location: Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Panel Discussions / Pitching Sessions / Presentations

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Panel Discussions / Pitching Sessions / Presentations

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Swiss Hour (Apéro) - A platform to network and promote business

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Swiss Stakeholders Reception

H.E. Mr Nicolas Brühl, Ambassador of Switzerland to South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mauritius and Namibia | Location: Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port Louis

End of day

Thursday Oct 14, 2021

Africa Fintech Festival | Site visits to incubators, universities and other stakeholders

Location: Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Panel Discussions / Pitching Sessions / Presentations

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Panel Discussions / Pitching Sessions / Presentations

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Swiss Hour (Apéro) - A platform to network and promote business

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

End of day

Friday Oct 15, 2021

Africa Fintech Festival | Site visits to Bank of Mauritius (Central Bank) and Financial Services Commission (Regulator)

Location: Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Panel Discussions / Pitching Sessions / Presentations

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Panel Discussions / Pitching Sessions / Presentations

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Swiss Hour (Apéro) - A platform to network and promote business

Location: Swiss Lounge, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis

Delegation Dinner

Location: Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Port Louis

End of day

Saturday Oct 16, 2021

Departure to the airport + End of Business Delegation

Changes can occur up until and during the actual program, but will be handled by Switzerland Global Enterprise and the Swiss Business Hub.

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Pricing

4-star Hotel Le Suffren Hotel + Marina *

S-GE Gold Members: CHF 2'600

S-GE Silver Members: CHF 2'950

 

S-GE Non-Members: CHF 3'350

5-star Hotel Labourdonnais Waterfront *

S-GE Gold Members: CHF 2'920

S-GE Silver Members: CHF 3'270

S-GE Non-Members: CHF 3'670

More information about 4-star Hotel Le Suffren Hotel & Marina
More information about 5-star Hotel Labourdonnais Waterfront

* Price per person in CHF (excl. CH VAT)  if the delegation will have 10 participants.


Important information

The health of our customers, partners and employees is a top priority for Switzerland Global Enterprise. Due to the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland, we therefore reserve the right to hold the Business Mission to the Africa FinTech Festival in a different format or to cancel it altogether. We will proactively inform all participants accordingly.

Included in the price 

  • All transfers in Mauritius
  • Hotel rooms (based on your hotel choice)
  • Lunches and dinners according to program
  • Complete travel documentation

Not included in the price

  • Individual travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Mauritius

Important notes 

  • Insurance rests in the responsibility of the participants

S-GE membership

Are you interested in a membership with S-GE? Please, find further information here.

In Cooperation with

Embassy of Switzerland to South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mauritius and Namibia State Secretariat for Education Research and Innovation CVVC Swiss Blockchain Federation Swiss Cham

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The health of our customers, partners and employees is a top priority for Switzerland Global Enterprise. Due to the spread of the coronavirus in Switzerland, we therefore reserve the right to hold the Business Mission to the Africa FinTech Festival in a different format or to cancel it altogether. We will proactively inform all participants accordingly.

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