INDIAFRICA is supported by

Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs
Government of India

Established in 2006, the Public Diplomacy Division of India’s Ministry of External Affairs strives to foster a greater understanding of India and its foreign policy concerns. Its mandate enables it to organise and support a broad range of outreach activities, both in India and overseas.

  INDIAFRICA has been conceptualized and managed by

IdeaWorks Design & Strategy Pvt Ltd

Gurgaon, India

the IdeaWorks is India’s only communication design and strategy firm that specialises in place branding and public diplomacy. Over the past six years, it has handled Brand India campaigns across the globe, including those at Davos 2006, 2011 and 2012; along with Brand UK and Brand France campaigns in India.

Institutional Partners


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Woxsen School of Business

Hyderabad, India

Woxsen School of Business believes entrepreneurship can be taught with the right set of experiential tools. They are an academic institution with a difference, given their 'for-entrepreneurship' philosophy. Entrepreneurial thinking is at the core of brand WOXSEN ™. With an innovative curriculum and immersive experiences, backed by the best of academic and business minds from across the world, they aim to build an ecosystem that develops and nurtures entrepreneurs. WOXSEN School of Business seeks to become an internationally accredited globally recognised business school with its primary base in Hyderabad. The WOXSEN campus is an extensive and modern facility going through a three-tiered development on a 200-acre site. WOXSEN will carve a niche for itself having launched its unique Post Graduate Program in Entrepreneur Development (PGPED) and its to be launched Fellowship Program.

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Indian School of Business

Hyderabad, India

ISB is one of India’s leading business schools with campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali. It offers an MBA-equivalent Post Graduate Programme (PGP), an executive MBA-equivalent Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX) and a doctoral-equivalent Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) as well as short-duration and part-time executive education programs for middle and senior management. The school's Post Graduate Programme has been ranked amongst the top 20 programmes in the world in the 2012 Financial Times Global MBA Rankings.

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Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration


Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) was established in 1961 as a joint Ghana Government and United Nations Special Fund Project. Previously called the Institute of Public Administration, it was established to train public servants with administrative and professional competence to plan and administer national, regional and local services. Today, GIMPA has grown into a comprehensive tertiary institution offering programmes in leadership, management, public and business administration and technology for both the public and private sectors, NGO's, civil societies and more.

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Saïd Business School

University of Oxford
United Kingdom

Saïd Business School blends the best of new and old. A young, vibrant, and innovative business school that is embedded in an 800 year old world-class university. It's a place where they study how successful businesses appreciate the rules of the game - written and unwritten, but then they study how they can create new games altogether - through entrepreneurship, innovation, and huge infrastructure programmes. As a part of Oxford, they don't just talk about how business interacts with the broader world, but they experience it as they engage with Oxford colleagues from many other backgrounds and with the broader business community.

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University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa

WITS has a reputation built on research and academic excellence and is one of the only two universities in Africa ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading institution in the world. At the forefront of a changing society, Wits is an engaged institution, dedicated to advancing the public good. It promotes intellectual communities and attracts talented students, distinguished academics and thinkers from around the globe.

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Lagos Business School

Lagos, Nigeria

LBS, Nigeria’s premier business school is ranked among the top 50 business schools in the world, in the area of open enrolment programmes. The institution strives to be a world-­‐class business school, aiming to have a significant impact on the practice of management.

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National Institute of Design

Ahmedabad, India

NID is one of India’s leading design institutes, which functions as an autonomous body under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. The institute is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) under Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, as a scientific and industrial design research organisation. BusinessWeek has listed NID as one of the top design institutes in world.

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The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA)

University of Johannesburg, South Africa

The Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg, offers programmes in eight creative disciplines, expanding these fields beyond their traditional boundaries through internal and external collaborations. It has a strong focus on sustainability and relevance, and engages actively with the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Johannesburg in imagining new approaches to art and design education. Equipped with state-of-the art, custom-built facilities, the Faculty is staffed by highly regarded academics, artists and designers.

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Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts


ZIVA is committed first and foremost to providing a high quality Design education and teaching New Media skills. They are the first college of its kind in the country and different from other training facilities in that they emphasise Design; it is not enough to be proficient with the digital tools, because that is exactly all they are: tools. Whether one wants to study print or new media, an understanding of typography, visual hierarchy, communication, interface and information design is crucial, it is the foundation, as strongly believed by ZIVA.

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Stellenbosch Academy Of Design And Photography

Stellenbosch, South Africa

The Stellenbosch Academy primarily concerns itself with the quality of work produced by the students. With their range of programmes and the awards won by them for their work, they are proud to claim themselves to be a school that encourages creativity and appreciates good quality results. This culminated in the Loerie Awards naming them the best creative school in the country in 2012.

At the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography, they understand that nobody is the same, and have built their entire curriculum around it. They treat their four major subjects (Design, Photography, Art Direction and Illustration) as a selection of complementary skills rather than separate disciplines. This enables the students to combine what suits them to get the most out of their time at the Academy.

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TERI University

Mumbai, India

TERI University was established on 19 August 1998 and recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as a deemed to be University in 1999. In the period since its inception, the University has developed and evolved as a research university exploring the frontiers of knowledge in areas of major significance to human endeavor. TERI University is the first of its kind in India to dedicate itself to the study of environment, energy and natural sciences for sustainable development.

Enterprise Partners


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Indian Angel Network

New Delhi, India

Established in 2006, the Indian Angel Network is a unique concept. It brings together highly successful entrepreneurs and CEOs from India and around the world who are interested in investing in startups or early stage ventures that have the potential of creating disproportionate value. The Network, in addition to money, provides constant access to high quality mentoring, vast networks and inputs on strategy as well as execution.

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GSF India


The key objective of GSF is to spur innovation and entrepreneurship through angel and seed investing. Their larger mission is to encourage flow of informed, knowledgeable mentorship capital to the start-ups in India and beyond.

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Villgro is one of India's oldest and foremost social enterprise incubators, supporting innovators and social entrepreneurs during their early stages of growth. Since 2001, Villgro has worked with a mission to "make impactful innovators succeed". In that time, Villgro has incubated 94 such enterprises which have gone on to generate around 4000 jobs, secured Rs 200 million in follow-on funding, and touched over 5 million rural lives.

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New Delhi, India is a leading Stock Photography firm that specialises in Indian content. It is engaged in content creation and distribution with its large network of contributors. Communication professionals source images from the large e-repository of copyright protected images. It creates a marketplace for sellers to monetise their work by benefiting from a pre-existing client base. This 4 year old startup-is a tech-enabled e-commerce portal that is fast emerging as the no. 1 in its domain space.

Media Partners


CNBC TV 18, Young Turks

One of CNBC's longest running shows; Young Turks puts the spotlight on young entrepreneurs poised to be tomorrow's leaders. The show traces their journey from who they were to who they have become. For the last 11 years this 4 time award winning show has put the spotlight on the achievements of over 1000 young dynamic men and women who have pushed the envelope to achieve the impossible!

On the road across India and around the globe form the London eye to the Merlion in Singapore, from the golden gate at San Francisco to Sydney Opera House; Young Turks has traveled far and wide to bring you entrepreneurial excellence.

Young Turks has also tracked the torchbearers of the new wave of governance with its series Young Turks in Government, Change makers fighting within the system for a better India. As India consolidates its position as a hub for innovation, we embarked on our journey to seek out those at the cutting edge and transformers changing the Indian business landscape. is the fastest growing Africa-focused website delivering business, finance, travel, tech, arts and lifestyle news on all 54 countries with more than 3 million visitors per month from over 200 countries. With domain name and website services, is helping to grow African businesses online in the rapidly emerging continent of over 1 billion citizens. With offices in South Africa, Nigeria, Dubai, and the US, is dedicated to changing the way the world views Africa.


Since their inception, YourStory has profiled stories of over 15,000 entrepreneurs and has over 1.5 million niche readers. YourStory is driven by a vision to create a hub for thousands of entrepreneurs globally, by providing them with critical value-additions like visibility, business networking, corporate partnerships, growth opportunities, investor connections and valuable resources. Their community of followers on social networks and newsletter subscribers is the largest in India in this segment. They are agnostic to sector and scale, covering entrepreneurs, startups and business ideas from web, mobile, cloud, e-commerce, enterprise to social, green and creative domains among others.

They work closely with a network of partners ranging across Corporate, Venture Capital and Government bodies, including the likes of Intel, Google, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, Dell, Qualcomm, Cisco, Intuit, Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Kalaari Capital, Nexus Venture Partners (among other leading funds), British Council and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Knowledge Partners


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Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 281,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

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Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes economic intelligence on the markets of Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

OBG offers comprehensive analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, energy, infrastructure, industry and insurance.

OBG’s acclaimed economic and business reports are the leading source of local and regional intelligence, while OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis. OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

Youth Outreach Partners



Nairobi's Innovation Hub for the technology community is an open space for the technologists, investors, tech companies and hackers in the area. The space is a tech community facility with a focus on young entrepreneurs, web and mobile phone programmers, designers and researchers.

It is part open community workspace (co-working), part vector for investors and VCs and part incubator. They also have a number of initiatives designed to build an ecosystem around the Kenyan tech entrepreneur: iHub Research, iHub Consulting, iHub Supercomputing Cluster, and the iHub User Experience (UX) Lab. It is a paradigm shift towards the areas where technology approaches a barrier, and new technologies emerge to cross it. This is achieved through the idea of Open Innovation, which is the process of combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external paths to market to advance the development of new technologies.

The Silicon Cape Initiative

The Silicon Cape Initiative is a non-profit, community owned and driven movement, that aims to improve the environment in the Western Cape to create more and better startups as well as increase access to capital.

Youth Outreach Partner in Rwanda


AIESEC is the global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. Present in 124 countries and territories, they are the world's largest youth run organization. AIESEC has been facilitating youth leadership activities as well as international internships and volunteer experiences for over 65 years. .

AIESEC is a global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates of institutions of higher education. Their members are interested in world issues, leadership and management.

Country Partners


Country Partner in Rwanda


Born in Denmark and based in Kigali, Educat is a social enterprise that enables change makers in Rwanda to create significant and positive change for themselves, their community, and nationally. With their highly qualified national and international team, they work to promote entrepreneurship and strong leadership among youth in Rwanda, supporting them to establish new and innovative business and reach their goals through growth and sustainability. Today Educat is recognized by partners, Government and entrepreneurs to deliver high quality and timely programs and entrepreneurship competitions with great impact.

Educat's work in Rwanda includes three core program interventions: The Entrepreneurship Award, the Rwanda Business Accelerator (RBA), and the Entrepreneurship Caravan, featuring the Rwanda Start-Up competition. All of them are designed to target young Rwandan entrepreneurs and in so doing confront one of the most significant challenges faced by Rwanda: Lack of viable employment opportunities. Additionally, they are establishing the Educat Center, which will not only serve as Educat's main country office but also as an entrepreneurship hub that will deliver on-the-spot support to entrepreneurs visiting the center.

Country Partner in Ethiopia


The aim of iceaddis is to establish a national network of collaboration and a home of Ethiopian made innovations. The network provides spaces where appropriate and value-added technologies will be developed and put into use for communities be it in business or education sectors in Ethiopia.

Country Partner in Ethiopia
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Addis Foto Fest

Established in 2010, the Addis Foto Fest biannual is a photography festival directed by award winning photographer Aida Muluneh. Produced by Desta for Africa (DFA), the weeklong international festival is held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and features exhibitions, portfolio review, conferences, projections and film screenings. Through the participation of the continental and as well the international photography community our main objective is to support the development, dissemination and promotion of images from Africa.
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