Alternative Funding Sources for Digital Innovation

Alternative Funding Sources for Digital Innovation

ATBN and AfriConEU, under the umbrella of the AfriConEU Networking Academy, will host an online webinar on the 14th December, 12.00 – 13.30 CET about “Alternative Funding Sources for Digital Innovation”.

African Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) have and continue to play crucial roles in enabling startups to become aware of different funding sources available to African startups in the digital ecosystem. New funding sources have emerged, yet there is still a knowledge gap about some of these new alternative funding sources (crowdfunding, micro-credit, loans and grants) for startups leading to slow adoption and maximization of these opportunities.

To address this challenge, AfriConEU, the first Trans-continental Networking Academy for African and European Digital Innovation Hubs in partnership with African Technology Business Network ATBN) will host a virtual webinar on “Alternative Funding Sources for Digital Innovation”. 

The main objective of this webinar is to discuss non-traditional funding sources available to digital innovators. It will address the pros and cons of various alternative funding sources such as crowdfunding, micro-credit, loans and grants. The mechanical elements of these funding sources will be addressed, along with their common uses, how they correlate with other funding sources and how projects can position themselves to take advantage of them.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Traditional Funding Sources (In Brief)
  • Introduction to Non-Traditional/Alternative Funding Sources
  • Uses, Pros and Cons of Non-Traditional/Alternative Funding Sources:
    • Crowdfunding
    • Microcredit
    • Loans
    • Grants
  • How a startup can position itself to take advantage of these sources

Who should attend?

  • Leaders of DIHs (tech hubs, universities, incubators, accelerators)
  • Investors
  • Youth
  • Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurs and entrepreneur support network leaders
  • Digital skills providers


12.00 – 12.10 – Welcome and introductions

12.10 – 12.35 – Speaker presentation

12.35 – 13.05 – Discussion

13.05 – 13.25 – Audience Q & A

13.30 – Close

Time zones

  • CET 12.00 – 13.30 
  • EAT 13.00 – 14.30
  • WAT 11.00 – 12.30
  • BST 11.00 – 12.30
  • EEST 13.00 – 14.30