Africa is gearing up to host the third and most significant iteration yet of the Forbes Under 30 Summit, a hallmark event renowned for celebrating youthful innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. The event is scheduled to hold from May 5-8 2024. This year, the vibrant capital city of Gaborone, Botswana, will serve as the backdrop for an exhilarating four-day gathering of the continent’s most successful, innovative, and impact-minded young entrepreneurs and leaders, alongside esteemed counterparts from across the globe.

More about the 2024 Forbes Under 30 Summit Africa

With Africa boasting the world’s youngest population and offering unparalleled growth opportunities, the stage is set for catalysing entrepreneurial capitalism at an unprecedented scale. The event’s programming is meticulously crafted to shine a spotlight on Africa’s most compelling business narratives and expansive investment prospects, while also honoring the trailblazing investors and founders charting new pathways to success.

As is customary with the Under 30 Summit, attendees can expect an unparalleled blend of networking opportunities and immersive cultural experiences. The roster of featured speakers reads like a who’s who of influential figures, encompassing government officials, venture capitalists, CEOs, and renowned celebrities. Moreover, participants will have the chance to delve into the enchanting tapestry of Gaborone, indulging in its rich scenery, music, cuisine, and the distinctive cultural offerings of its host country.

Headlining this year’s summit is Nick Cannon, the multifaceted entertainer and entrepreneur. 

Africa’s status as a burgeoning economic powerhouse underscores the significance of the Forbes Under 30 Summit Africa 2024. This year’s summit promises to be a dynamic convergence of minds, ideas, and opportunities, fueled by a shared commitment to driving economic transformation across Africa.

Confirmed speakers for the summit include diverse luminaries, each offering unique insights drawn from their experiences within Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and beyond. Discussions will traverse topics ranging from driving funding through social inclusion and environmental sustainability to harnessing technology for consumer engagement and product innovation.

The festivities will culminate in a spectacular showcase at Gaborone’s Main Mall, featuring a captivating blend of local performers and international stars set against Botswana’s breathtaking beauty.

All the speakers and performers. 

Nick Cannon (Performer)

Multi-Hyphen Entertainer & Entrepreneur

Omah Lay (Performer)

Award-winning inger, Songwriter and Producer

Nomzamo Mbatha

Actress, Humanitarian & UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

Judy Dlamini, M.B.Ch.B.

Founder & Executive Chairman, Mbekani Group

Ben Amadasun

VP of Content for Middle East and Africa, Netflix

Ama Qamata


Christine Namara

Partner, Flat6labs Africa Seed Fund

Chef Cola

Award-Winning Chef & Founder, African Vegan on a Budget

Master KG (Performer) 

Musician & Record Producer

Bola Adegbulu

Principal Investor, AI Fund

Deepankar Rustagi

Founder & CEO, OmniRetail

Bontle M

Evolving Artist & Dance Entrepreneur

Tia Adeola

Founder & Designer

Josh Wilson

Managing Director, Global Venture Partners

Mélanie Keïta

Cofounder & CEO, Melanin Kapital

Kennedy Ekezie

CEO, Kippa

Hope Ditlhakanyane

Investment Principal, Founders Factory Africa

Beatriz Franck

Founder & CEO, BEFRAN Lda Group and Stylist, BEATRIZFRANCK

Kelvin Mensah

Co-Founder & CEO, Approved Jets and Cofounder, Approved Experiences

Jonathan Shaw

Founder & CEO, Nuru

Vincent Maposa

Founder & CEO, Wetility

Peace Itimi

Chief Storyteller, Founders Connect

Aaron Wilson

Cofounder, Approved Jets and Cofounder & CEO, Approved Experiences

Han-C (Performer)

Vocalist & Songwriter

Mpho Sebina

Artist, Melodist and Songwriter

Ezra Neethings (Performer)


ATI (Performer)

Artist & Producer

Remy The DJ (Performer)

DJ, MC & Concept Creator

Randall Lane

Chief Content Officer & Under 30 Founder, Forbes

Kristin Stoller

Senior Editor, Under 30, Forbes

Essentially, the Forbes Under 30 Summit Africa 2024 promises to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship, and cultural exchange, underpinned by a shared vision of driving positive change and prosperity across the African continent and beyond. 

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