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MIT Sloan Africa Business Club presents it’s inaugural conference “Africa 2.0: Achieving Growth Through Innovation”.

In 2010, top African markets experienced a remarkable level of investment capital flow and exit activity as investors enjoyed returns of up to 36.5%.

As a result, several top economies within the African region have forecasted 2011 GDP growth rates over twice that of the United States.

According to The Economist, Ghana will enjoy the 2nd fastest GDP growth globally in 2011.

The confluence of these events provides a great backdrop to launch an Africa Business Conference at the MIT Sloan School of Management to spotlight ideas with the potential to shape the future of the continent.

The conference intends to bring together people working on ideas that will shape the African continent for years to come. The event will include a mix of speakers and panel sessions covering areas of innovation in Africa including Telecoms & Mobiles, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Healthcare and Energy.

Energy Panel will answer the question: With Africa’s growing energy demand in an increasingly carbon constrained age, what opportunities exist renewables?

Mobile Panel will answer the question: With half a billion mobile phones in the Africa, what firms are utilizing this infrastructure to deploy innovative solutions beyond voice service?

Finance Panel will answer the question: With most Africans still unbanked and without access to financial markets, what solutions are currently being developed for this market?

Entrepreneurship Panel will answer the questions: Why has an eco-system to support entrepreneurs yet to emerge in Africa? What are the constraints of developing a venture capital industry?

Technology Panel will answer the question: How is technology being adapted to creat value in Africa given the IT constraint on most of the continent?

The unifying theme will be a perspective on how today’s students and tomorrow leaders will impact the continent by putting ideas to work.

This event is scheduled for the 1st of April 2011 on the 6th Floor of the New MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tickets are currently being sold between $40 to $60 at Event Brite until February 28th.

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