North Star highlights sustainable sports as show enters final day

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Christina, professional rally driver Gutierrez highlights how sport can have a positive impact on the environment

Projector Africa discusses the continent’s investment ecosystem and huge market potential

DUBAIUnited Arab Emirates, October 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Sustainability is a central theme at Expand North Star as the UAE builds on the momentum of COP28. In association with GITEX Impact, Expand North Star is organizing the Global Investment Forum and the NetZero Venture Capital Forum at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The events will help catalyze the growth of ESG financing, with investors expected to inject $1.5-2 trillion per year in climate and cleantech startups by 2025.

Inspiring action for the environment through sport

Extreme E is an FIA-sanctioned international off-road racing series that uses electric SUVs to race in remote areas of the world, such as the Saudi Arabian desert or the Arctic. Race locations are chosen to raise awareness of aspects of climate change. Extreme E also maintains a “Legacy Program” to provide social and environmental support to these sites.

Christina Gutiérrez is one of the most talented drivers on the Extreme E circuit and in 2021 became the third woman to reach the Dakar podium after winning a stage in 2021. She explained how the sport can have an impact on the planet during a Fireside Chat on the theme “The future of sport: making an impact on the planet”.

Gutiérrez emphasized that sport can be put at the service of the common good. She is heavily involved in legacy programs during race weeks. His previous work involved teaching innovative and sustainable approaches to building educational infrastructure, such as building environmentally friendly school walls. “By implementing these initiatives, we hope to leave a positive mark on the environment and inspire confidence and responsibility among community members,” she added.

Gutiérrez encouraged women to break stereotypes and pursue their ambitions with determination by using platforms such as sports to educate and inspire their followers.

Africa on the rise

The Dubai World Trade Center, through its subsidiary KAOUN International, launched GITEX AFRICA this year to explore the enormous opportunities offered by the continent’s technology industry. The event makes a remarkable return in 2024 with exciting programming that promises to drive digital transformation across all sectors. Building on the success of the inaugural event in May, GITEX AFRICA 2024 introduces three new exhibition profiles: digital health, smart manufacturing and agritech, highlighting Africa growing importance in the global technology landscape.

As part of a Spotlight Africa stream, Expand North Star hosted a panel discussion on “The Investment Ecosystem in Africa“. Expert speakers on the panel, Fernando CabralDirector of Business Growth, Djassi Africa, Marc Kleynerco-founder and director of programs, Dream VC, Yassine Laghzioui, CEO, UM6P Ventures and Monica Shupikai Simmons, head of AfricaICON Corporate Finance shared its insights on the African startup ecosystem.

They noted that the East and West Africa have set a precedent in cultivating a healthy startup ecosystem, with countries such as Angola And Mozambique now I’m catching up. Speakers observed that these emerging countries could benefit from the experiences of other more developed ecosystems while bringing their own perspectives to the African technology community.

The African startup ecosystem is one of the most promising in the world with enormous potential, with a market of 1.4 billion people brimming with opportunities to explore, the audience heard. Panelists also highlighted the global nature of the African startup scene, with more than 70 percent of venture capital investments in Africa from international investors.

Organized by Dubai Digital Economy Chamber and organized by the Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC), Expand North Star marked its largest ever edition this year at its new location at Dubai Port. This historic global gathering hosted over 1,800 GITEX Global and Expand North Star startups from over 100 countries and approximately 1,000 investors, with a combined total of over 1 trillion US dollars under management.

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A global business facilitator since 1979, Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC) is home to the region’s leading purpose-built convention and exhibition center. DWTC provides a platform to connect people, products, innovations and ideas from around the world through a dynamic calendar of international trade exhibitions and its own roster of industry-leading mega-events. As a designated free trade zone, complemented by award-winning commercial real estate, DWTC plays a vital role in Dubai and the region’s growth story with an estimated total economic output of AED200 billion, attracting over 30 million business visitors. Dubai over the past four decades.


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