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Inspiring, Creating and Connecting African and European Innovation Ecosystems


We are pleased to invite you to the Final Summit of the African European Digital Innovation Bridge Network (AEDIB|NET), which takes place on 9 October 2023, in Kigali, Rwanda. 


The AEDIB|NET Final Summit culminates three years of dedicated work to foster valuable partnerships between African and European innovation ecosystems. This event will provide an essential platform for stakeholders to reflect, learn, share project experiences and plan future activities of AEDIB 2.0, which was launched during the last EU-AU Summit and is part of the Africa-Europe Global Gateway Investment Package for Digital, Education and Research.


Date: Monday, 9 October, 2023 

Time: 09:00 – 18:00 plus evening event 

Place: Norrsken House, KN 78 St, Kigali, Rwanda.


The agenda of the Summit will address the following topics, through keynotes, panels and working groups:

  • The final summit will commence with a welcome address by the European Commission
  • The big picture of the AEU-EU Innovation Agenda
  • DIH concepts and the opportunities they offer for international collaborations on both continents
  • How to work with the private sector in practice
  • AEDIB 2.0: the way forward for support to DIHs, and more
  • Policy reforms to support entrepreneurship
  • Innovative investment streams for ecosystems
  • Towards a pan-African network of DIHs

… and other key questions for the future of innovation on both continents, as well as opportunities of networking and matchmaking within our network of partners.


The Summit will take place back-to-back with the AfriLabs Annual Gathering on 'Accelerating Africa's Digital Economy', which brings together tech hubs from across the African continent in Kigali, Rwanda, on 11-13 October. To register, click here.


The deadline for registration is 22 September 2023.

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