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April 28: Ernst & Young on Investment Opportunities in Africa

Lessons from Growth Leaders

Register for Impact & Innovation Forum by Ernst & Young by April 25
Dear Friends, 

As part of our commitment to "Inform, Engage, Act," we are delighted to announce the launch of the 2018 "Impact & Innovation in Africa Forums and Speaker Series." The first in the series will feature Immaculate Nantale and James A. Newland of Ernst & Young, where they will share lessons from the perspective of growth leaders. 

Africa's growth remains on track to be a US3$t economy.  According to Ernst & Young's 2017 Africa Attractiveness Index Report, diversification has been key to Africa's resilience, and that factors such as globalization, youth demographics, and technology will serve as primary forces of disruption in the African market. 

This fact-based forum is perfect for entrepreneurs, investors, and venture capitalists who are interested in learning about investment opportunities in Africa or seek to start new businesses in Africa. Join us on April 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Frugal Innovation Hub, Santa Clara University. Seating is limited.  Please register before April 25. 

Thank you,

Almaz Negash
Founder, African Diaspora Network
Impact & Innovation in Africa Forums and Speaker Series
Presented by the African Diaspora Network
Co-sponsored by The Frugal Innovation Hub at Santa Clara University

Why Africa? This forum provides a balanced perspective on the Africa growth story, current developments, and an outlook focused on opportunities and challenges for investors. The forum will include lessons from Growth Leaders on a practical approach to executing a growth strategy in Africa, based on E/Y's own experience and that of multinationals that have been successful in executing growth strategies on the continent.
Immaculate Nantale,
Senior Manager, Ernst & Young
James A. Newland
Northeast Region Trade Leader, Ernst & Young
Register for Impact & Innovation Forum by Ernst & Young by April 25
1:30-2:30 PM Registration & Networking
2:30 – 4:00 PM Presentation and Conversation with EY 
4:00-4:30 PM  Networking an Adjourn  

Santa Clara University

Frugal Innovation Hub*
455 El Camino Real
Guadalupe Hall, 3
rd Floor
Santa Clara, CA 95053
*Across the street from the main campus entrance
Snapshot: African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2018
The African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2018 brought about 250 global leaders, philanthropists, innovators, and entrepreneurs representing Africa, Europe, Canada, Australia, ad the United States. A place of knowledge-sharing and building community, ADIS2018 brought together individuals seeking to make collective impact and uplift the Continent. Over the next few months, we will highlights some of the topics discussed at ADIS2018. Among these, entrepreneurship arose as a topic that captivated and engaged our participants. 

Key Takeaways
Moderated by Marsha Wulff of LoftyInc, the panel focused on the question of successful fundraising by addressing major issues and proposing solutions. According to our panelists, access to capital is still a major issue for prospective entrepreneurial projects. There is a need to provide access to all the different resources that entrepreneurs need to be successful. Investment readiness is another huge issue to tackle -- we need to teach entrepreneurs how to prepare for investment meetings and how to answer investor questions. In order to do this, we need to build institutions that prepare entrepreneurs for investor probing. 
Read more in the ADIS2018 Summary & Action Report
Upcoming Community Events

4th Annual Berkeley Haas Africa Business Forum | UC Berkeley Wednesday, April 7, 2018

Use the code ABFADN15 to get 15% off all ticket classes.

Join us at the 4th Annual Berkeley Haas Africa Business Forum The Future of Africa: Exploring the Next Generation of African Innovationon Saturday, April 7th at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Discussions will explore trends on the future challenges and opportunities in Technology, Health and Education across the continent. Throughout, we will engage with visionaries, thought leaders and game changers. This year's line up of speakers includes: 
  • Sam Alemayehu (CEO, Cambridge Industries Energy)
  • Emeka Afigbo (Manager, Developer Programs at Facebook)
  • Toyin Ojora Saraki (Founder and President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa) 
  • Vivian Wu (Managing Partner at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative) 
  • Sabrina Roshan (Director of Public Private Partnerships at Andela)
  • + many more. 
The Forum will close with a live African dance performance, open bar wine reception and an Afropolitan hosted after-party.

Trade with Africa Business Summit 2018 | Bentonville, Arkansas
Thursday, May 10, to Friday, May 11, 2018

Register now through April 6 using the code ADN-25OFF for a 25% discount. 

To register to attend this event visit

Event Contact:

This event convenes global leaders, innovators & change agents driving digital acceleration, sustainable agriculture, global trade and women empowerment on the continent of Africa. Bentonville, Arkansas is the hometown of Walmart, the world’s leading retailer, and is a thriving trade and economic hub.

Bentonville, Arkansas is the hometown of Walmart, the world’s leading retailer, and is a thriving trade and economic hub. “As Africa’s policy makers and business leaders race to strengthen economic ties with regions around the world, Bentonville and the state of Arkansas offer unique trade opportunities for them. With Walmart, Tyson, JB Hunt and representatives of hundreds of major consumer products companies calling Northwest Arkansas home, there is no other community in the world with such a concentration of trade decision makers.” said Toyin Umesiri, CEO Nazaru and Convener of the summit.
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We are excited to announce the launch of this online networking platform crafted for community-building and knowledge-sharing. The ADN online network is distinct from other networking sites, in that we do not collect membership data for marketing purposes. As a registered member, you will have full access to a unique communication tool developed to enable productive relationships and expedite action.
  1. Go to African Diaspora Network platformEnter your email address and create a password. 
  2. Fill out the demographic and professional questionnaires.
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