Africa : Land of Entrepreneurial Initiatives

HEC Paris News: Africa : Land of Entrepreneurial Initiatives

Over the last few years, Africa has emerged as a driving force in worldwide growth with a growing middle class, and a youth bursting with entrepreneurial spirit. This development of the continents dynamic demographic will mean that, by 2050, 1 in every 4 humans will be African.

A laboratory of ideas, the continent is coming up with new models of development and governance, redesigning its future through its many think tanks and action tanks.“Africa – Land of Entrepreneurial Initiatives” will be the central theme of AfricaDays@HECParis, which takes place from 15 to 17 May 2017 on the HEC Paris campus.

Three evenings of discussion and debate to answer the challenges and opportunities presented by the Africa of the future. The overarching theme will be that of the entrepreneurial dynamism of the continent and its diaspora.

​Leaders, entrepreneurs, bankers, economists and experts from the continent, as well as young startups from all walks of life, will come to demonstrate their commitment to the development of Africa. They will also shed light on new entrepreneurial trends and the keys to their success.

​Africa Days will also be an opportunity to gather the significant partnership ecosystem of HEC Paris, and focus on the three new strategic areas for the development of HEC Paris outlined by Dean Peter Todd - Entrepreneurship, Digital Transformation and Social Responsibility. All three are key areas of development for the African continent.

Accompanying these determined entrepreneurs and innovative initiatives, AfricaDays@HECParis can act as a platform for growth for all those who wish to contribute to the Africa of the 21st Century.


15th MAY 2017 19:30-21:30 - Africa in the Making: Challenges of the 21st century
Opening: Peter Todd, Dean, HEC Paris
Moderator: Pascal Chaigneau, HEC Paris Affiliated Professor

16th MAY 2017 19:30-21:30 - Entrepreneurship in Africa: The Keys to Success
Opening: Eloïc Peyrache, Associate Dean HEC Paris 
Moderator: Didier Acouetey, President AfricSearch

17th MAY 2017 19:00-21:30 - Afropean Creativity: Fashion, a booming industry
Opening: Anne Michaut, HEC Paris Affiliated Professor
Moderator: Ele Asu, journalist at Canal+

EVERY DAYStarting at 17:30 - A Taste of Africa
Traditional dishes, literature, photos, workshops and music showcasing African Culture 
With: Black Spoon, Le Village Traiteur, Mama Boumi et Biss' and Black Attitude Magazine, Kouka and Tcheka in Concert

Three themed evenings around key challenges of the continent.


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Shuttle services from Paris to HEC will be provided for each evening.

Paris - Campus HEC Jouy-en-Josas:
Denfert-Rochereau (infront of entrance to Catacombs) :
Departs at 17.30
Porte Maillot - Hotel Méridien : Departs at 18.00
Returning to Paris:
Campus HEC Jouy-en-Josas - Paris Denfert-Rochereau : 22.30 (infront of the entrance to campus)
Campus HEC Jouy-en-Josas - Paris Porte de Maillot Hotel Méridien : 22.30 (infront of the entrance to campus)

Frequent shuttles from Massy-Palaiseau to HEC will also be available.

Campus access:
1 rue de la Libération, 78351, Jouy-en-Josas
Z bus or GHP bus from Gare de Jouy
SAVAC shuttle
RER B (Massy Palaiseau)
RER C (Jouy-en-Josas)