Global Ideas Exchange: Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa

The Global Ideas Exchange Series is the first in a series of new activities designed to respond to the impact of Covid-19 and support resilience and recovery in African innovation ecosystems. We hope to encourage sharing and learning and aim to showcase the latest ideas and best practice in innovation.

Event Details


10.00 - 12.00



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Global Ideas Exchange Event Series Video

This event series contains daily sessions of which you can select to attend one or more of, and is open for registration from the week commencing Monday 19th October 2020.

Webcast recordings are now available

Global Ideas Exchange 2020 Summit

Multi-Lateral Innovation Funding

Blended Finance Options for Innovation

Open Innovation

Informal Innovation

Multi-Scalar Linkages


Download the event brochure here.

Download the rapid analysis summary here.

KTN Global Alliance Africa is a six-year project co-funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), and with the strategic partnership of Innovate UK to drive networking activities that can help foster long-lasting, strategic partnerships between Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, the UK and across sub-Saharan Africa.

In doing so, it aims to accelerate innovations that promote economic growth and job creation. As Covid-19 rapidly started sweeping the globe, KTN Global Alliance Africa project quickly shifted its activities to track and map the innovation response to the pandemic in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. KTN’s Global Ideas Exchange event series is our way of responding to these calls.

""Real, lasting change happens when we work together. KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities to drive positive change. The Global Ideas Exchange event series will bring together people and organisations globally to ensure our innovation systems are resilient and fit for recovery given the impact of Covid-19. I am very excited about this initiative and look forward to the outcomes and making a valuable difference.""

Alicia Greated, CEO, KTN

Who should attend?

This event series is an inclusive platform for innovators, innovation enablers, investors, industry leaders, academia, the public sector and global innovation community to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and enable inclusive, multi-scalar approaches to resilience.

We have partnered with AfriLabsCcHub, and the South African Technology and Innovation Agency, while also reaching out to other international partners to collect experience data, case studies and best practice from 23 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa.

What are our aims?

  • To share the findings of our rapid analysis and provide inclusive platforms to drive constructive discussions around key findings and clearer information around public sector offerings
  • To ensure participation from diverse innovation stakeholders in the UK, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, and from around the world in building frameworks for future cooperation
  • To launch inclusive communities of practice that can actively support more robust and effective investment pipelines in Africa
  • To improve visibility of existing connections and develop new avenues for communication between policy makers and innovation enablers

Enhancing Innovative Resilience in Africa – Summit

Please Note – this event is 10am GMT+1 and 9am GMT.

The Global Ideas Exchange Summit will serve to wrap up the series and bring together participants from government, academia, private finance, industry, hubs, labs, NGOs, MSMEs, as well as individual innovators and entrepreneurs, to reflect upon series’ outcomes and highlight any key case studies, thought leadership, and takeaways, to have developed over the past month of activities.


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