This is the fourth time that the software giant has pledged support to the pan-African event, which provides a platform for start-ups to showcase their solutions and engage investors.
The move by Microsoft has been seen as a show of confidence in the growing startup technology scene across Africa.
Commenting on the partnership, Director of Startup Engagement and Partnerships, 4Africa Initiatives at Microsoft, Amrote Abdella, stressed the importance of partnership to build an innovative ecosystem in Africa.
He said: “By supporting the growth of startups with disruptive innovations that solve major challenges in Africa today, we are laying the foundation for the creation of globally competitiveness businesses. It opens up the opportunity to partner with various stakeholders across sectors, and at Microsoft we believe in joining forces to create a bigger and more sustainable impact.”
Executive Producer of DEMO Africa, Harry Hare, welcomed the support, corroborating Abdella’s call for stakeholder support for technology and entrepreneurship in Africa.
“It is actions by different players that will see technology entrepreneurship effectively bringing sustainability to entrepreneurship across Africa.”
Thirty disruptive technology products are expected to be launched in 12 categories including Finance and Banking, Education, Transport and Logistics, Retail, Communication and Media, and Entertainment.
More people continue to book their slots to witness the unveiling of the selected 30 start-ups. The week-long event to be hosted at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos Nigeria, is expected to attract over 500 guests including investors, IT buyers, IT consumers and media.
This year, DEMO Africa introduces knowledge streams to delve into critical topics including Business Modelling, Scaling Businesses, Creating an Unfair Advantage, and Raising Capital. Top industry players, including MEST Founder, Jorn Lyseggen, President, Harry Tomi Davies-ABAN, Partner, Adlevo Capital, Folabi Esan, IROKO TV CEO, Jason Njoku, among others, will lead the discussion.
Other notable activities at the 2015 DEMO Africa event include an investor roundtable forum and theLIONS@FRICA Summit, with the uptake of Africa-generated technology being expected to dominate the conversations.
The event will be co-hosted by DEMO Africa, the Nigerian Ministry of Communication Technology and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), in collaboration with LIONS@FRICA and VC4Africa.