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AfricArena is an African tech accelerator that runs Corporate Open Innovation challenges throughout the African continent.


Going into its fifth year, AfricArena has the privilege of operating in three key spheres that underpin Africa’s economic landscape. These being: tech startups, corporations, and investors (i.e. angel investors, VCs, CVCs and other institutional investors). 


Through open innovation challenges, in partnership with corporations, we aim to bring together these 3 spheres, to foster co-investment and collaboration that can move the economies and people of the continent forward


What you'll do


As the AfricArena Operation's Manager, you will be responsible for managing AfricArena events (in person and digital - over 20 annually), including the AfricArena Summit, as well as AfricArena digital platforms (Website, Startup Portal, AfricArena Wired mobile app). You will be playing a central and influential role in the African tech ecosystems by managing partners' relationships across the continent and beyond.



  • Manage relations with various stakeholders (corporates, investors, entrepreneurs, tech hubs, policymakers)

  • Manage a team of 3 people (research and marketing analyst, tech support, investor relations)

  • Supervise contractors (event production, tech development, content partners)

  • Source, analyze and select early-stage start-ups (Seed, Series A, Growth) for corporate open innovation challenges. 

  • Involvement in client account management

  • Participate in the planning and execution of 15 digital events, 4 in person regional events, and the annual AfricArena summit.

  • Oversee AfricArena community management and development

  • Manage Marketing and audience development to further position AfricArena as a premier deal flow and knowledge platform 

  • Be accountable for the company’s operations budget ($250,000 annually)

  • Represent the company in various public events.


Why Join Us?

  • Bachelor in Event management/Management/Business.

  • Operations and Event management experience (3 year minimum)

  • Experience in community & event management

  • Ability to analyze early-stage start-ups (business model, team, market analysis) 

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • Willingness to travel abroad

  • Knowledge of the African startup tech ecosystem is highly advantageous

  • French skills are nice to have

  • Part of the AfricArise Ventures portfolio of company, AfricArena is a fast growing startup with a very strong social impact across the continent

  • The role offers substantial exposure and international experience

  • AfricArena’s operations are located in a dynamic tech environment in Century City, Cape Town

  • Career development would include C level role or further roles within the various companies of the group

    Availability: Immediately 

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