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Johannesburg, South Africa (September 22, 2021) – The Tropics Group of Companies presents its 5th Annual TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT (TBS) which will take place virtually, from October 12-16, 2021. The theme for this year’s Summit, Accelerating the Transition to Circular Economy, will focus on eight key sectors for pan-African economies offering opportunities for investors in Finance and Capital Investment, Infrastructure, Energy, Agriculture, Consumer Products (FMCG), Sustainable Tourism, Telecommunications and Technology, linked to the economy including industrial ecology or the economy of functionality.
This four-day event draws on a multicultural community of investors seeking new markets opportunities, governments seeking to attract new investment, entrepreneurs/startups seeking capital investment, or new ecosystems to help them thrive. The Summit will bring together a cross-section of world-class leaders, key global policy and decision-makers, government officials, international investors, with ideas and insights to help formulate investment strategies, business leaders from all sectors at the forefront of global investment trends, investment offices, CEOs, heads of asset classes, small and medium business owners, influencers, innovators, and senior investment staff directly or indirectly managing assets for institutional investor entities across Africa.
The digital format of the event will offer innovative content and feature 100+ virtual sessions, a virtual deal room,
marketplace and service providers, and a robust networking platform where Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone,
Hispanophone and Arabophone participants can make the connections they need to push their investments forward.
In addition to the four-day event, TBS will host two pitch competitions, before the Summit in October – Tropics Startups Pitch Competition on the 24th of September 2021 and the Tropics Women in Business Pitch-Day on the 25th of September 2021, both in search of the most promising startups where entrepreneurs will showcase their innovative products and solutions to a global audience of major investors and industry leaders. Winners will be able to walk away with a chance to win over $800,000 in grant and cash prizes from financial institutions, investment companies, venture capitalists, and institutional partners.

Venicia Guinot, Chairwoman, and Executive Chair, and Founder of Tropics Business Summit says, “This year’s summit will give participants access to valuable content, global exposure, and build relevant connections with the different actors of the innovation ecosystem. Our annual Summit is where strategic and deal-making gatherings of startup business angels, venture capital, and innovation leaders from Africa, the Caribbean, and around the globe meet.”
Tropics Business Summit (TBS) is an action and results-oriented business forum connecting 54 African countries to the rest of the world. The Summit takes place yearly in the month of October as a global, livestream event. It is a deal-making marketplace, where the summit organizers, along with their global partners, position the African continent as a key investment destination, forge new synergies and structure new deals that will help close the funding gap between Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone and Arabophone markets. Businesses benefit from the opportunity to talk with representatives from Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), corporations, investors, incubators, business accelerators, trade commissioners, and more, receiving advice on market development and access to foreign emerging markets.
Register to watch the TROPICS BUSINESS SUMMIT at home or from work, free on the web; global viewers need to
register at [email protected] to book their virtual seats in advance. Alternatively, you can register at


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