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Tech4Democracy Africa Venture Day

The Hasso Plattner d-school Afrika at the University of Cape Town has partnered with IE University to host one of two global venture days of the Tech4Democracy competition. Join us as we’ll be unveiling the best democracy-affirming technologies and startups from Asia-Pacific and Africa. The winners will participate in the Global Final in Washington D.C.
HPI d-school at UCT Middle Campus


Tech4Democracy is a global initiative developed by IE University, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, that aims to advance democracy-affirming technologies by:

  • Supporting startups/scaleups that develop technologies contributing to the respect and promotion of democratic values worldwide.
  • Encouraging large-scale and sustainable industrial development of these digital technologies.

There are limited spaces available to this exclusive event.


Richard Perez, Founding Director, Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking Afrika, University of Cape Town

Irene Blázquez, Director, Center for the Governance of Change, IE University

Todd Haskell, Consul General of the United States in Cape Town

Khaliq Dollie, Digital Advisor, Microsoft

Melvyn Lubega, technology entrepreneur

Andrew Bailey, Senior Manager: Innovation, University of Cape Town

Buntu Majaja, CEO, SA Innovation Summit

Zanyiwe Nthatisi-Asare, CEO, Digitally Legal

Richard Perez, Founding Director, Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking Afrika, University of Cape Town

Vanessa Ramanjam, Program Manager, Solutions Space, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town

Five companies will pitch their innovations and have a Q&A with the judge panel.

Carlos Luca de Tena, Executive Director, Center for the Governance of Change, IE University

Networking cocktail

Part of President Biden’s Summit for Democracy, Tech4Democracy’s purpose is to mobilize democratic governments, the private sector and civil society to defend democracy today and safeguard it for future generations.

For more information please visit Tech4Democracy’s website here.