Forum 2019

Forum Date:  January 26, 2019

Location: The Nest, UBC | 6133 UNIVERSITY BLVD VANCOUVER BC, V6T 1Z1

The African Business Club (ABC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is Western Canada’s premier student-led platform that seeks to educate and promote business opportunities in Africa. Through our annual flagship event, the African Business Forum (ABF), we converge students, academics, and professionals globally with an interest in Africa to UBC’s Vancouver campus.

As we transition into the 2019 edition of the Forum, our theme is Africa: Emerging Markets and Growth Within.  We will explore how best we can identify and leverage on emerging markets, as well as how the African continent can shift its focus towards internal growth and the socioeconomic benefits that come with it.

Forum Tickets

You can now purchase your tickets to the Africa Business Forum 2019. Click here to buy tickets:


During our annual conference, the UBC Africa Business Club offers four panel discussions on topics relevant to the theme and the current African landscape. The panels for this year will be:


Infrastructure and Technology 

Topic 1: Fourth Industrial Revolution: Leveraging AI To Africa’s Advantage.

Topic 2: Powering Africa with Energy Entrepreneurs.



Topic 1: Unleashing Africa's potential through Women Entrepreneurship.

Topic 2: Navigating Entrepreneurial capital in Africa.


Topic 1: Growth investing: The African company's next financial challenge.

Topic 2: Financing the key ingredient to local production: Funding Research in Africa.


Topic 1: The African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCTA).

Topic 2: TEDx Saloon /ABF Talks.


Innovation Jam

The Innovation Jam is a 60 minute workshop run by League of Innovators, a national charity mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. The focus of the Innovation Jam is to examine the concept and process of innovation within the context of business. This hands-on session will challenge attendees to solve a unique problem of their own and go from idea to execution in any area of their life. Workshop led by Marlon Thompson, the Director of Programs at League of Innovators.


International Business Club Workshop

Our workshop would consist of two to three stations that would each contain a major African ingredient or produce that is commonly exported to Canada. Each station would inform the event participants about the export and provide samples. Before the workshop comes to a close, we would facilitate a small quiz for each station and reward the winner with a prize.