Uwakwe made this known in an interview with The Nation at the launch of Cheetah Africa Fintech and Blockchain conference held in Lagos recently.
According to him, Africa is gradually becoming a place for Fintech and technical innovations and Cheetah Africa is trying to promote the adoption and use of the blockchain to see that Africa rises from underdevelopment.
“Africa is the new market. The scramble for this virgin land has started, and cheetah Africa is the quickest platform to meet African businesses by Africans, by building the most innovative products focused on fintech and block chain. we will no longer wait for the right time as the time is now. Every venture capital firm in the world should know that if they don’t invest in Africa now, they will pay the price of neglect later” he said.
“the goal of Cheetah Africa is mainly to help startups get the awareness or the exposure with the international community, helping them get on board on this huge market that is out there. Cheetah is the fastest platform to meet Africa business by Africans. By building the most innovative product focused in fintech and blockchain startups”.
“Africa youths has a lot of energy, and vibe and are looking for funds to drive their ideas; he said Cheetah Africa will now give them that exposure because Cheetah Africa will focus on trying to extract those foreign VCs, attracting them to people who love to invest in African startups”.
In his keynote address, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative and Africa’s Gbenga Sesan emphasized the need for African Startups to look beyond passion and skills by embracing the defining value of their products or services before it is introduction to the market.
“the fact that the market does not only respond to genuine passion and dexterity of skills but to the market value of products, hence the need for young African techies to embrace personal branding and excellent branding if their products” he said.
Earlier in his welcome address at the event, the Executive Director of Cheetah Africa, Nathaniel Luz said that the organisation will providing a workable and pragmatic support based for African startups through blockchain technology.
He said that 60% of Africans are youths who have immerse innovative ideas that can make Africa great among the continent of the world but lack a well structure support base that will make their dreams fly.
“we are losing our best youths in Africa because there are very few support systems to help young people make their dreams come alive. Our vision at cheetah Africa is to be the pool of African startups and innovations, providing them with the necessary support structures needed for global relevance, availability and competitiveness” he said..
“We provide a platform for venture capitalists and investors to access the best of Africa ideas and products,” he said