The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has just introduced a new iteration of a scheme to develop African tech startups as the first UK-Africa Investment Summit got underway in London this week. 

The scheme is targeting innovative companies from Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria and forms part of the Go Global Africa programme, an initiative aimed at building links between the region and the UK’s tech sector. Africa’s digital industry has seen significant growth recently, largely driven by venture capital funding.

Rainmaker’s Christina Hammond-Aziz participated in a DCMS hosted panel discussion with African entrepreneurs and tech founders. Other speakers included representatives from the Government Digital Service as well as the private sector.

It was an incredibly insightful event with interesting discussions about the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in Africa compared to the UK. The many issues covered included the importance of transparency and data in breaking down barriers and enabling progress for start-up businesses. 

Christina spoke about how the introduction of the G-Cloud framework, service standards and design principles radically transformed government ICT procurement and delivery in the UK. The G-Cloud also helped stimulate the UK economy as it opened up opportunities for thousands of SMEs and entrepreneurs to be able to bid for government projects.

You can find more information about the Go Global Africa programme here.

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