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Enabling African Innovation to
Shape Africa’s Future
Mark Rotter
Operations Director
Microsoft 4Afrika

Innovation

World-...
Sustainable Investment

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INNOVATION
Smart applications,
for Africa,
by Africans

WORLD-CLASS SKILLS
World-class skills for
employability &
entrepre...
What do I look for ?
Connection :
How does this tie
stuff together in a
simple way ?

Outcomes : How
will this drive
outco...
Innovation
Smart
applications, for
Africa,
by Africans

DevCamps,
incubator
& hub
partnerships

~90 new African
apps per m...
What does a 4Afrika supported Startup look like?

Innovation & Relevance
Innovative idea, in
line with fast growing
sector...
Problem Statement:
Despite significant investments in drugs, health workers,
and infrastructure, health indicators are wor...
Enabling African Innovation
to Shape Africa’s Future
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Enabling Africa Innovation to shape Africa’s Future

  1. 1. This document is offered compliments of BSP Media Group. www.bspmediagroup.com All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Enabling African Innovation to Shape Africa’s Future Mark Rotter Operations Director Microsoft 4Afrika Innovation World-Class Skills Africa Com Cape Town November, 2013 Affordable Access 1
  3. 3. Sustainable Investment 2
  4. 4. INNOVATION Smart applications, for Africa, by Africans WORLD-CLASS SKILLS World-class skills for employability & entrepreneurship Youth SMEs AFFORDABLE ACCESS Devices for consumers and relevant web services for SMEs 3
  5. 5. What do I look for ? Connection : How does this tie stuff together in a simple way ? Outcomes : How will this drive outcomes sustainably ? 10’s of millions of devices into the hands of African youth 1M African SMEs online Relevance & Impact : Answers the “So What ?” Execution : Ready with “double and triple clicks. 200k People trained for employability 4
  6. 6. Innovation Smart applications, for Africa, by Africans DevCamps, incubator & hub partnerships ~90 new African apps per month Goal: Bring to market and help African startups monetize their innovations and ideas, and allow them to make the right connection with investors. 5
  7. 7. What does a 4Afrika supported Startup look like? Innovation & Relevance Innovative idea, in line with fast growing sectors: • Technology • Health • Education • Agriculture • Consumer – Youth • SME Business Growth Potential Inspirational A clear business model, with an addressable market: An inspiring story to other startups • Drives new device sales in the 1st year • Appeals to local audience • Uses cloud services on the backend • In existence for a min. of 1 year • Annual return less than < $ 1Million • Potential of commercialization in foreign markets, and minimal amount of active clients • Inspires regionally and beyond • Unique innovation • Able to attract local and foreign investment
  8. 8. Problem Statement: Despite significant investments in drugs, health workers, and infrastructure, health indicators are worsening or stagnating. …. because of poor management of resources. Solution : A national health systems management solution for 5K clinics Kenya Impact: • • • • • Real-time transparency into $1B of government and donor drugs budget Save 30-60 hours of nurses time per year, per clinic => $5M Eliminate $18M of drugs overstock Minimizes commodities waste, estimated at $40M per year Material impact on patient care and outcomes Microsoft Impact: • Increases device access at clinic level, more in the ecosystem • Drives cloud usage • Technical support health worker jobs • Total alignment with national objective Development 11/19/2013 Procurement Deployment 4Afrika Top Apps 7
  9. 9. Enabling African Innovation to Shape Africa’s Future Thank you! Questions ? 8
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