The timbuktoo Africa Innovation Foundation, the Federal Government of Nigeria, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will open the timbuktoo Fintech Hub in Lagos from July 9th to July 14th, 2024, at Tarino Tower – Alfred Rewane, Ikoyi.

This is one of eight theme hubs built across Africa by timbuktoo. The timbuktoo Fintech Hub will use technology in the financial sector to make it easier and faster to solve the continent’s most challenging problems. It will also support fair growth and long-term development. 

As part of the Timbuktoo Fintech Hub, startups from all over Africa can use a physical and virtual place with services and cutting-edge technology to create, test, and expand their valuable solutions. The Hub wants to improve the local and regional fintech environment so Africa’s economy and society can grow.

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Fintech Timbuktoo Festival: What to Expect

As part of the timbuktoo Fintech Hub launch, the first Fintech timbuktoo Festival will bring together fintech innovators, policymakers, and industry experts to discuss how fintech can drive financial inclusion and sustainable development in Africa.

This week-long showcase, which has been thoroughly selected, will incorporate the following essential activities:

The onboarding ceremony of the 2024 Fintech timbuktoo Startup Accelerator Programme cohort 

Fintech4Dev marketplace – an exhibition and showcase of impact fintech solutions.

High-level Fintech4dev Policy Dialogue 

7-day ecosystem-powered and co-created fintech startup acceleration boot camp


H.E Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State

Dr Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment

Chief Adebayo Adelabu, Minister of Power

Mr. Wale Edun, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy

Ms. Samuela Isopi, Ambassador, European Union Delegation and ECOWAS

Mr Stefano De Leo, Ambassador of the Republic of Italy

H.E. Ms. Annet Gunther, Ambassador of Germany

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Fouad, Ambassador of Egypt

H.E. Ms. Gerengbo Yakivu Pascaline, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo

H.E. Mr. George Muhali Imbuwa, High Commissioner for the Republic of Zambia

H.E. Mr Christophe Bazivamo, High Commissioner of Rwanda

H.E. Mr Humphrey Desmond Geiseb, High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia

H.E. Mr Isaac K. Parashina, High Commissioner of Kenya

H.E. Mr. Moha Ou Ali Tagma, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Mr. Nicolas Auguste Nyouky, Ambassador of Senegal

H.E. Mr Thamsanqa Dennis Mseleku, High Commissioner for South Africa

Mr Eddison Mensah Agbenyegah, Charge d’Affaires ad Interim of Ghana

Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa

Mr Mohamed Malick Fall, UN Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator Nigeria

Fintech entrepreneurs and startups

Investors and venture capitalists

Regulators and industry experts

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About timbuktoo| UNDP

Timbuktoo is the largest global initiative supporting Africa’s innovation ecosystem, inspired by Timbuktu, Mali. Launched in February 2024, it aims to transform dreams into reality and create poverty-disruptor opportunities. The initiative includes thematic hubs across Africa, focusing on sectors like Agritech, Creatives, Fintech, Greentech, Healthtech, Trade, Smart Cities/Mobility, and Tourismtech/Edtech. Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals and UNDP, timbuktoo leverages Africa’s youth to lead the fourth industrial revolution, creating wealth and jobs.

UNDP Africa supports 46 countries in achieving sustainable development goals by eradicating poverty, promoting economic transformation, building resilience, and promoting governance. UNDP’s Renewed Strategic Offer in Africa is a premier enabler and integrator for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. In Nigeria, UNDP collaborates with multisectoral stakeholders.