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The 500 Startups’ Geeks on a Plane set to tour Four Cities in Africa in 2017

The Silicon Valley-based venture firm and startup incubator, 500 Startups, is set to visit four African cities under its Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) tour program.

The Geekks of a Plane tour is an entourage of startups, investors, and big business executives touring high-growth tech markets around the world with the aim of learning and possibly picking up an additional portfolio investment.

They travel together in planes, trains, and cars visiting tech hubs and startups scenes. As they also seek to network with fellow geeks (techies) from around the globe and open room for cross-borders collaboration.

The 500 Startups’ Geeks on a Plane program has

made about 16 trips to over 30 countries and 44 cities around the world. It currently has more than 15,000 alumni. The 2017 trip to four African cities will be the first time Geeks on a Plane visit Africa.

The Geeks on Plane tour of Africa will run from March 20 to April 1, 2017, and they will visit the following four cities:

Lagos, Nigeria

Accra, Ghana

Johannesburg and Capetown in South Africa

If you would like to join the entourage, you can register here, for the tour that typically costs somewhere between $12,000 – $15,000 per person. That amount will cater for your hotel accommodation, ground transportation, drivers, guides, meals, activities fees, visa, and some not so funny jokes from one Dave McClure


Already some African startups have picked the interest of the 500 Startups, and they have already invested in them. These startups are Dropifi from Ghana, SweepSouth from South African and Aella Credit and SureBids from Nigeria.

Milicent Atieno

Proud Kenyan Citizen, loving everything Tech related.

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