What is Disrupting Africa?
Disrupting Africa is a global movement with the mission of preparing the next generation of Africans, both on the continent and in the diaspora, for disruptive technological trends. It is a movement dedicated to Africa through the support and promotion of African Innovation that will create tremendous opportunities for our continent.
The Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia
The Disrupting Africa Encyclopedia (disruptingafrica.org) is an online platform which showcases objective and accurate information about African innovation. This Encyclopedia Project serves as a springboard into more formal partnerships and strategies around promoting African innovation on a global scale.
The Disrupting Ventures organization is a formal partnership that creates collaborative platforms and tools curated by Africans across the globe. These platforms must be fast, secure, and available to all, incorporating new projects that drive our vision and building new features and tools. Through these various projects and the support structure of the Disrupting Africa Endowment Fund, Disrupting Ventures strives to bring about an Africa in which the next generation always contributes to the forward movement of our continent. Disrupting Ventures sees the future of our continent tied up in the use of innovative technologies predominantly created by Africans for Africans.
Disrupting Ventures endeavours to support the communities of Africans who contribute to the Disrupting Africa movement and its projects. We also help bring new knowledge about Africa online, lower barriers to African information access, and make it easier for all Africans to share information on a grass-roots level.
The History and the Future
At the beginning of 2015, Disrupting Ventures launched a global discussion to define the future of African innovation in the form of its first book “Disrupting Africa: The Rise and Rise of African Innovation”. A subsequent book, “Taking on Silicon Valley: How Africa’s Innovators will change its future” identified technological trends that were currently impacting the continent. This led to further discussion on the future of African innovation and the impact of the Disrupting Africa movement by the year 2030. We call this "Disrupting Africa 2030".
Throughout the process, hard questions were asked, such as: How will we make the African working population, which would be the largest in the world by 2034, an asset rather than a liability? What opportunities and challenges lie ahead of us? What trends in technology, education, information, and access will shape our future? And what of these technologies can we harness and innovate on to work for Africa?
Based on this discussion and Disrupting Ventures' ongoing research, we are uniting around a direction that will help us build a more sustainable, resilient, and engaged movement that anyone who shares our vision can join. We will adapt to shifting trends in technology to ensure we meet the needs of our users and continue to provide reliable, transparent, and neutral information. We will invite new voices to join us and ensure that anyone who wants to share knowledge on African innovation and the Disrupting Africa movement can do so. And we will advocate for the policies and values that will allow the Disrupting Africa movement to thrive. This direction asks us to be bold and experiment in the future, as we did in the past, and it remains rooted in our mission of free knowledge of African innovation for all.
How is Disrupting Ventures funded?
Disrupting Ventures is funded primarily through private capital and sales of its authored books. Additionally, the Disrupting Africa Endowment Fund was created in 2018 to support and sustain Disrupting Ventures and its projects, one of which is the Disrupting Africa portal, for generations to come. We anticipate this to be to the equivalent of $30 Million in the next 20 years and have modelled the fund around current Endowment Funds that have been around for over a century. The Disrupting Ventures Endowment Fund is maintained in a separate fund that is overseen by an independent Advisory Board. The interest generated from the Endowment Fund and additional private capital raised fund the ongoing operations of Disrupting Ventures.
Additionally, the Disrupting Africa Endowment Fund will help sustain free knowledge about African innovations and ecosystems, support technology to keep the sites and project portals fast, secure and accessible, as well as for Disrupting Ventures' programs and initiatives to expand access and support free knowledge about African innovation globally.
How can I participate in Disrupting Africa?
We encourage everyone who finds value in the Disrupting Africa movement and free knowledge to join our movement. There are many ways you can participate. Please find more at Work With Us.
We believe that the most valuable companies in the African future won’t be those who ignore technology or who ask what can be solved with technology alone. Rather, the most valuable companies will ask “How can technology solve really hard African problems?” - and solve them. We are betting on identifying, creating and supporting these companies as they are the future of our continent.