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MIT Legatum Leadership Forum

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Last week, 17 leading entrepreneurs from Africa visited Cambridge for the MIT Legatum Leadership Forum, a 4-day boot camp aimed at bolstering skills and amplifying impact. The Forum, organized with support from the Mastercard Foundation, also served to give the Institute’s experts a critical update on Africa’s fast-evolving entrepreneurial ecosystem from the perspective of leaders on the ground. Forum participants were selected for their entrepreneurial achievements in inclusive innovation. All ten finalists in this year’s Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion were invited to attend, as were the four Africa Regional Winners in the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC). They joined MIT faculty and alumni, investors, media experts, and corporate stakeholders for interactive skills development, networking and cohort-building, panel discussions, and various opportunities to explore entrepreneurial resources and culture at MIT. Forum participants spent their final day at the AI and the Future of Work Congress followed by the IIC Global Gala, where two ventures headed by Forum invitees (WeFarm and Solar Freeze) won grand prizes of $250,000 each.

Ventures invited to the Forum were Wala (South Africa), Tulaa (Kenya), RecyclePoints (Nigeria), Apollo Agriculture (Kenya),Bidhaa Sasa (Kenya), FarmDrive (Kenya), Farmerline (Ghana), LanteOTC (South Africa), MaTontine (Senegal), and OZÉ (Ghana). WeFarm(Kenya), Solar Freeze (Kenya), and Lynk (Kenya).