DEMO, a technology conference for launching innovative companies in enterprise, mobile, cloud computing, consumer, social media and disruptive technologies today announced the launch of DEMO Africa. The conference scheduled for  October 24-26, 2012 will be held at the InterContinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. DEMO focuses on showcasing new products from both entrepreneurs and established companies. DEMO has built a track record of selecting, coaching, promoting and making successful innovative technology companies.

Produced by IDG Enterprise in conjunction with VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States, China, Brazil and Singapore focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations. The DEMO conferences have  served as launch pad events for companies such as, Adobe Acrobat, E-Trade, IVideosongs,, TiVo, VMware and WebEx helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters.

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 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 Enterprise 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.

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

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