African tech ventures open the market at the London Stock Exchange.
Kick-starting a day of robust discussion at Africa Tech Summit, including hot topics like fintech and blockchain.
On a continent with the world's youngest population, the tech industry is seen as vital to development and growth.
Exporting tech solutions from Africa to the rest of world will become more and more common - according to Tunde Kehinde, who runs a digital platform which helps small and medium enterprises access credit in just one day.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TUNDE KEHINDE, CEO OF LIDYA SAYING:
''So I grew up just seeing how difficult it can be in the context of emerging markets where you're dealing with tough infrastructure, lack of access to funding to truly achieve your dreams. So we said to ourselves the traditional way of getting credit assembly is not working. Why don't we use technology and data to make loans without collateral, do risk adjusted pricing and more or less help any SME access the funds they need to grow.''
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FRANCESCA LYNAGH, REPORTER, REUTERS AFRICA JOURNAL, SAYING:
"Here at the Africa Tech Summit in London, blockchain and cryptocurrency are just two of the buzzwords on everyone's lips. Google Trends shows an increased interest from the African continent of 1.2 billion. But it faces unique challenges."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ELIZABETH ROSIELLO, CEO AND FOUNDER OF BITPESA SAYING:
''It's the lack of liquidity, the lack of exchanges. If you look at a country like Japan where there is dozens of exchanges or North America where there are many ways to buy it whether it's an ATM or an online exchange you might be able to go to Fidelity your asset manager and purchase it even through some of your banking apps. But in Africa, regulation has been a little bit slow and unclear and in general there is less financial institutions, there's less fintech companies. So there's just less opportunity to purchase.''
Africa still isn't at the same level as the rest of the world in terms of cryptocurrency use.
Limited access to smartphones, stable power supplies and internet connection are just some of the stumbling blocks in the way.
But with smartphone usage expected to jump exponentially to 67% by 2025, many investors are optimistic.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TOMI DAVIES, CO-FOUNDER OF THE LAGOS ANGEL NETWORK SAYING:
''We still have the challenges of governments inability you know to actually get with the program and raise the game so to speak. But yes, I'm quite optimistic about 2025 given the level of youthful energy that is going into solution creation.''
The summit - the 4th ever of its kind in London - fell during London Tech Week, Europe's biggest technology festival.