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HL BaSE collaborates with Afritech XYZ, Novartis and Citibank Nigeria to support 4 innovative tech start-ups

“We are pleased to have showcased our work with Afritech XYZ. The collaboration provided an opportunity to address some of the challenges that local businesses in Africa face. Our support and shared value approach highlight the firm’s global commitment to playing a leadership role in driving inclusive and sustainable growth compelling positive change through pro bono and community investment activity.”

Ina Brock, Global Managing Partner for Clients and Industries, Hogan Lovells

Base Catalyst - Afritech - Hogan Lovells from GivingBack Films on Vimeo.

In October 2020, Novartis reached out to the firm about the possibility of collaborating on a global pro bono project focused on Africa. This led to a workshop with HL BaSE Catalyst and AfriTech XYZ.
Afritech XYZ, an initiative run by Do it Now Now, works with African tech entrepreneurs and provides them with the mentoring and networks they need to build tech that will contribute to a better future for Africa. HL BaSE Catalyst is a programme of pro bono support for social enterprises provided by volunteers from Hogan Lovells and in-house counsel. The HL BaSE Catalyst workshop provided four innovative tech start-ups across Africa with pro bono legal advice in order to support them in tackling some of the challenges we face today, including employment, food security, and biodiversity loss.
HL BaSE worked with social enterprise Giving Back Films, a carbon neutral film production company to make the video. As part of the project Giving Back Films gave each of the start-ups training on the best way to showcase their sustainability journey and create impactful content.

"Africa is the next tech frontier"

Bayo Adelaja, Founder and Chief Do-er, Do It Now Now