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world-renowned for launching the most innovative companies in

enterprise, mobile, cloud computing, consumer, social media and

disruptive technologies, today announced the launch of DEMO Africa,

which will be held October 24-26, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel

in Nairobi, Kenya.

The newest addition to DEMO's Global Launch Program, DEMO Africa 2012

will provide the most innovative emerging and established companies

from African countries the opportunity to launch their products on

stage and announce to Africa and the world they have arrived. The

event will also act as a platform for companies outside the region

looking to launch in the African market.

"Africa is emerging as a hotbed for technology and innovation," said

Neal Silverman, senior vice president, DEMO. "DEMO Africa 2012 allows

for a collaborative environment where leading minds and companies from

African nations can come together to gain exposure on a global level.

DEMO's goal is to provide the opportunities necessary to get these

exciting companies exposure and, ultimately, success in their

respective industries."

DEMO also announced at the World Economic Forum today its partnership

with the U.S. Department of State, Microsoft, Nokia, African

Development Bank, USAID, and Global Entrepreneurship Week to launch

the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA)

Partnership, a new public-private alliance aimed to enhance and deepen

Africa's startup and innovation ecosystems. As part of that

partnership, LIONS@FRICA will work with IDG


and CIO East Africa (publishers of CIO and CIO100 in East Africa) to

produce DEMO Africa. All three organizations are determined to connect

African innovators and entrepreneurs to the global innovation grid.

DEMO's partnership with LIONS@FRICA will also feature Meet the Lions,

a competition of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world's largest

celebration of innovators who launch startups that bring ideas to life

and drive economic growth. Selected African start-ups will be given

the opportunity to present their business plans to prominent African

entrepreneurs and business executives in an effort to secure


"Microsoft is pleased to be part of LIONS@FRICA and a founding partner

for the inaugural DEMO Africa in 2012 where we will collaborate to

identify the next generation African entrepreneurs and help them

succeed," said Claire Lee, head of industry partnerships, Microsoft.

"Microsoft supports entrepreneurs globally through the BizSpark

program and our network of Microsoft Innovation Centers (MICs) and has

a long-standing partnership with DEMO, Startup Weekend and Global

Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)."

The next DEMO event, DEMO Fall


will take place October 1-3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara.

Companies participating in the DEMO Fall 2012 Conference will have

access to the Global Launch Program which provides global exposure

through free access to the showcase program at any other DEMO

conferences around the world. All international conferences --

including the two DEMO conferences in the United States, DEMO Asia,

DEMO China, DEMO Brazil and DEMO Africa -- are included in the DEMO

alumni network and DEMO Global Launch Program. Launch companies at

each event will also benefit from the unparalleled services provided

by DEMO, including presentation coaching, a dedicated DEMO public

relations team, turn-key exhibitor station with signage, and the six

minute launch video and profile hosted on-line and accessible to a

broad audience through VentureBeat and IDG Enterprise properties.

Applications are currently being accepted for companies to launch

products at DEMO Africa 2012. All interested organizations should

submit initial company information via the "Apply Now" button at


For more information on the partnership and sponsorship opportunities

visit meetthelions.org. You can also follow LIONS@FRICA on Twitter


Stay connected with DEMO through the communities on the following


About the DEMO ConferencesProduced by the IDG Enterprise events group

in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United

States, Asia, Brazil and Africa focus on emerging technologies and new

products innovations, which are hand selected from across the spectrum

of the technology marketplace. The DEMO conferences have earned their

reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge

technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies such

as Palm, E*Trade, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, helping them to

secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and

influence early adopters. For more information on the DEMO

conferences, visit


The DEMO community also benefits from the award winning DEMOletter. A

weekly e-newsletter designed to reach the people who are creating

companies, building products and launching new ideas, DEMOletter

provides smart insight and analysis of entrepreneurial business

issues. To subscribe, go to:


About IDG EnterpriseIDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG)

company brings together the leading editorial brands (CFOworld, CIO,

Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World) to

serve the information needs of our technology, security and

financial-focused audiences. As the premier hi-tech B2B media company,

we serve our reader and advertiser audiences by delivering

award-winning content, community, conversation and conversion

solutions across our entire portfolio of websites, events, magazines,

products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council is a

peer advisory service that delivers on the business, technology, and

leadership needs for the world's elite CIOs and their respective

staffs. For more information, visit


Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is

available at




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About Microsoft BizSpark Microsoft@ BizSpark@ is a global program that

helps software startups succeed by giving them access to software

development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and

providing marketing visibility. The program also includes access to

Windows Azure, a flexible, comprehensive, and powerful cloud platform

for the creation of web applications and services. In addition,

BizSpark offers technical support, business training and a network of

over 2,000 partners to connect members with incubators, investors,

advisors, government agencies and hosters. Since it was established in

2008, more than 45,000 companies in over 100 countries have joined



About Microsoft Innovation Centers As knowledge and innovation become

the primary catalysts for economic growth, the Microsoft Innovation

Centers can play a vital role in generating powerful new ideas through

training, education and knowledge transfer. Microsoft Innovation

Centers (MICs) are a partnership with government, academic and


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