Disrupt 2019 Conference: Access Bank, Others Highlight Areas Of Focus
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By Rommy IMAH
As preparations for the Disrupt 2019 Conference heat up, organisers of the event have been speaking on what will form the headlines at the event billed for May 16, 2019, at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
At a media parley to announce preparations for the financial technology event, Ade Bajomo, Executive Director, Operations and IT, Access Bank Plc, said Access Bank was extremely proud to be supporting Disrupt Conference 2019, describing it as a Conference where the bank leverages on what is going on in the Fintech industry to improve on its services to its teeming customers.
Experts say that technology helps to provide opportunities for business to continually expand, and serves almost as an extra factor of production that helps to provide new ways to work, grow and deliver products and services that meet the needs of customers.
Mainly sponsored by Access Bank Plc, and supported by over 20 other corporate organisations such as Microsoft, AFEX, 21st Century Technologies, Dell, 7up, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Unilever, Kia, Coldstone, Airtel, Templars, Pinkberry, Internet Solutions Nigeria, The Agile Advisors, Konga.com, Bluechip Technologies, United Capital, eStreams Networks, Dominos Pizza, Trium, the Disrupt Conference is aimed at promoting and boosting Fintech activities in Nigeria.
Bajomo said that some of the high profile speakers expected at the event include Mr. Herbert Wigwe, the CEO of Access Bank Plc, who is expected to give an introductory speech on the Future of intelligent Bank and the grand launch of Tamada.
He said that building awareness around the Africa Fintech Foundry, has positioned Access Bank as the most innovative African bank and a thought leader in the banking industry focused on emerging trends such as AI, Robotics, Cybersecurity, Machine learning, Blockchains, Big data and analytics.
“It has created awareness around Access Bank’s newly developed AI technology, providing a platform for strategic partnerships and collaborations between Access Bank and investors, experts, regulators, innovators and technology companies to create a new era of technological disruption in the banking industry.”
According to Bajomo, “Disrupt 2019 is centred around the age of the digital gold rush. The conference is meant to gather innovators and experts so that new ideas and information are exchanged, potential start-ups for acquisitions or partnership are identified.”
Themed: “Digital Goldrush: Building a Sustainable Tech-Economy,” the sub-themes are centred around how Data has become the new gold, the partnerships in Fintech. Experts are expected to share knowledge, while thought leaders are also expected to inspire the future bright minds and founders to showcase their start-ups.
“Best thought leaders will be there. Artificial Intelligence will be discussed. Global and local entrepreneurs will be in attendance. They will all be talking about deep issues in Fintech, including regulation. What we are trying to do is to create the buzz around Fintech and its future,” Bajomo said.
Olusegun Adeniyi, Head, Africa Fintech Foundry, who said that the Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) has successfully done two hackathons, announced that there was a collaboration going on between the Foundry and Startups, and highlighted the need for more of the country’s broadband to be moved from where it is currently to the next generation.
Anita Odiete, Team member, Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF), threw more light on Women in Technology, saying that contrary to widely held belief, women are doing great in the world of technology. The Disrupt Conference 2019 she said, will highlight the activities of women in technology.
Africa Fintech Foundry (AFF) is an Access Bank initiative that aims to nurture, fund, and accelerate the growth of Tech startups in Africa through its mentorship and accelerator programmes, fast-tracking their growth and maturity to deliver relevant solutions to the market, providing greater access to financial services to the financial excluded across the continent.
As an innovation hub, the Foundry has created a sustainable platform, whereby innovative and disruptive solutions are created by quality startups. Most importantly, it brings together key players ranging from business angels, larger corporates, venture capitalists, innovation hubs, tech enthusiasts, industry.
AFF is focused on Technology startups in the growth phase of their business lifecycle. This includes but not limited to the following; eduTech, healthTech, insureTech, FinTech, AgriTech and RegTech.
AFF scouts the startup ecosystem, conducts open application processes, and leverages off partner networks (global accelerators, financial and technology partners, government and donor agencies etc.) to find and attract promising FinTech startups to provide the following services: customers, funding, educational and mentorship opportunities.
Post Demo Day, successful startups are exposed to a plethora of networking opportunities to meet venture capital firms, angel investors, corporates, and other qualified investors.
20 startups attended the Startup Challenge that held on the 3rd of May and 5 Startups were shortlisted to demo at the Conference including Gricd, SmartTeller, Trep Labs, Kaoshi and Seso.
USD10,000 is up for grabs for winners of the Startup Challenge.
L- R: Partner, Aluko and Oyebode, Olubunmi Fayokun; Head of Marketing, Kia Motors, Jimoh Olawale; Team member, Africa Fintech Foundry(AFF), Anita Odiete; Executive Director, Operations and IT, Access Bank Plc, Ade Bajomo; Head, Africa Fintech Foundry, Olusegun Adeniyi and Co-founder, Bluechip Technologies Limited, Olumide Soyombo at the AFF Disrupt 2019 Press conference held in Lagos…..