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One of the most crucial but largely ignored component of innovation development and entrepreneurship is communication. Whether it is to potential investors, buyers, partners or the general public, the ability to communicate or pitch ideas, products, technologies and businesses effectively is of critical importance in the current business environment. The topic focuses on helping participants gain best practice techniques and tools for delivering impactful presentations and pitches.

Ms. Helene Aminata Charpentier specialises in social – economic development, inclusion, gender and corporate social responsibility.  She coordinated Kosmos Energy’s social investment program, Kosmos Innovation Center in Mauritania, which aims to promote entrepreneurship among youth and women. She has trained 80 start-ups working in the agricultural and environmental sectors, in access to market, market research and business concepts.


Ms. Pauline Koelbl is the Founder and CEO of AfriProspect GmbH and ShEquity, Pauline is an Innovation Expert in Developing & Emerging Economies and Impact Investor with 20 years’ experience in international affairs and philanthropy industries. During the last 8+ years, Pauline’s has been focusing on catalyzing marketable, scalable, and impactful home-grown innovations for African-led growth across the African continent, building strategic partnerships and innovation ecosystems that will invigorate economic growth across Africa. Pauline’s passion lies in innovation, entrepreneurship, and empowerment of youth and women.

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