ATF, [email protected] release State of Play ecosystems report


The Silicon Valley-based African Technology Foundation (ATF) and [email protected] have released the State of Play report, offering a continental, regional, and industry specific look at the evolution of technology ecosystems on the African continent.

The report begins with an overview of the general growth trends within the continent, and then dives into the key technology and innovation activities that are driving the continent forward.

Several perspectives are presented within the report to identify key catalysts for growth, and explore industry specific opportunities for development across the continent’s main geographic regions.

The publication also utilises first experience testimonials and op-ed pieces from key stakeholders, such as ATF chief executive officer Stephen Ozoigbo, Africa Business Angel Network (ABAN) president Tomi Davies, Blue Label Ventures partner Maria Pienaar, and 9mobile director of digital business Adia Sowho.

Overview summaries and country specific analyses are presented to offer specific insights to the major opportunities across the continent, while at the national level the report discusses the policies and environments that foster or hinder the growth of technology and innovation.

“This publication represents an aggregation of data and research from a variety of sources. It provides a regional and sectoral assessment of the leading entrepreneurial ecosystems on the continent, as well as industry perspectives offered through a selected network of specialists that have authored sector specific essays as contributors,” said Ozoigbo.

“We are grateful to all our staff, researchers, sector specialists and partners that have contributed to this report. We also thank our wonderful group of sector specialists, who authored the opinion pieces within the report, and joined the movement to highlight the immense opportunities on the continent.”


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