Unlocking Africa

Scaling in Africa: The Art and Science of Scaling Commercial Ventures in Sub-Saharan Africa with Scott Walker

March 11, 2024 Terser Adamu Episode 113
Unlocking Africa
Scaling in Africa: The Art and Science of Scaling Commercial Ventures in Sub-Saharan Africa with Scott Walker
Show Notes

Episode 113 with Scott Walker, who is CEO and Founder of Systemic Innovation, which is a systems change innovation practice solving wicked systemic challenges through a collective intelligence model that connects people, ideas, and insights.

Scott is also a co-author of the Scaling in Africa report, which is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the African scaling ecosystem. Designed as an applied research study (i.e., to identify pragmatic solutions to a set of specific problems rather than a theoretical academic inquiry), the aim of the report is to see actionable results offering answers to key challenges, which can assist various actors in making better, more informed decisions about where to apply the right type of support for improved results at the macro, ecosystemic, and venture levels.

What We Discuss With Scott

  • Can you elaborate on the challenges African scale-ups face in expanding across multiple countries?
  • When it comes to scaling ventures, what factors should entrepreneurs consider when deciding between a global, regional, or local approach?
  • What are the expansion challenges that African scale-ups face, and how can they be addressed or even prevented?
  • What role do governments play in enabling or hindering the scaling of commercial ventures in Sub-Saharan Africa ?
  • What do you believe are the most important success factors for scaling ventures in the African market?

Did you miss my previous episode where I discuss Empowering Tech Talent: Accelerating the Growth of Africa’s Tech and Developer Communities with Sunkanmi Ola? Make sure to check it out!

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