A thought-leading event exploring the growing and increasingly interconnected ecosystem supporting the digital transformation of small and local businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.
Why attend the BigFive Summit? To learn about the growing and increasingly interconnected ecosystem enabling the digital transformation of small and local businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. And to make connections that will lead to the partnerships that will help this space grow and prosper.
What do we mean when we say “small and local” businesses?
SMMEs (small, midsize, and micro enterprises)
Why BigFive Digital?
BigFive Digital is an event and content organization fostering the development of the local and SME digital technology ecosystem in Africa and the Middle East. BigFive does this via in-person and virtual events, and through thought-leading content that includes the popular BIG5D Podcast, newsletter, and original research.
Components of the local and SME technology stack
Organizations that should attend this event
Local businesses owners
Digital presence providers
Listings and location management companies
For example, the BigFive Summit will encourage its sponsoring organizations to invite small business operators that they are in business with, or whom they are currently prospecting, to attend this event as their guests. This will give everyone in the room some perspective on the everyday realities small businesses face. And hopefully will inform our sponsors’ and delegates’ current and future thinking around how digital solutions are designed and delivered.
The role of small business at the BigFive Summit While BigFive Digital events are primarily designed for the ecosystem building tools for Africa-Middle East small businesses, we have always involved SMEs directly in our events. And we intend to increase that involvement in the future.
Key Topics at BigFive Summit 2022
The Future of Africa’s Local Search Ecosystem
Innovations in Small Business Financial Inclusion
A Look at Earned Wage Access Platforms
Buy Now, Pay Later and Other Payments Innovations
Understanding the Coming DeFi Revolution
Building Africa’s Home Services Marketplaces
Unpacking the API Economy
Investor Outlook - The Future of Investing in African Innovation
eCommerce for SMEs
Delivering SEO to Africa’s SMEs
The Emerging Local Delivery Ecosystem
Dark Stores, Cloud Kitchens and Virtual Restaurants
Past Participants in the BigFive Summit
*Reflects a selection of companies that attended the 2019 BigFive Summit in Cape Town as speakers, sponsors, or delegates.
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