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Harnessing the Ripple Effect of ADN

Dear Friends,

As a champion for true collaboration, African Diaspora Network has been a launchpad and incredible organization that has fostered deeper connections among Africans, diasporans, and friends of Africa. ADN has convened over 2,000 individuals through local and national convenings, the results of which have cultivated new partnerships, ventures, funding opportunities, and ideas turned to enterprises.

One of our most prominent success stories is Gebeya, a new-age EdTech company that trains, hires, and cultivates the top talented African software engineers. Co-founders of Gebeya met through the very first African Diaspora Investment Symposium -- their successful enterprise is an example of the power of the African Diaspora Network.

Now I am asking the 2,000+ of you who have participated in ADN’s convenings, whether it be ADIS2016-2019 or the Impact & Innovation Series events, to
fill out our past participants survey and provide a feedback loop on how ADN has catalyzed your work. Share your stories on partnerships you have developed; ventures, funding opportunities, or ideas that were cultivated; or any connections you built as a result of our ADN convenings. Help ADN amplify the impact of your work as we prepare for our landmark fifth annual convening, African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2020 (ADIS2020).

As always,
Thank you,

Almaz Negash
Founder & Executive Director, African Diaspora Network
Executive in Residence, School of Global Innovation & Leadership, SJSU
Give Us Your Feedback! Share Your Stories & Amplify ADN

Harnessing the Ripple Effect of ADN

African Diaspora Network seeks past participants of ADN events, including African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS 2016 - 2019) and our Impact & Innovation Series, to share the takeaways of their experience. Organizations such as LoftyInc Capital Management, Gebeya, and Flutterwave have benefited from connections made through ADN and our signature African Diaspora Investment Symposium to meet some incredible people.
"While LoftyInc Management partners were attending the 2017 ADIS, African cohort members of YC & 500 Startups came to meet us there. As a result of knowing their backgrounds from our team on the ground and meeting them at ADIS, we have since been confident enough to invest in three Africa-facing ventures: Flutterwave, Printivo and Kangpe/Reliance HMO. Their average value has appreciated 2-3x in 2 years. They are part of our Afropreneurs Fund portfolio, which seeks to raise up to $60M to do more of the same." - Marsha Wulff, LoftyInc. Capital Management
Help us harness our ripple effect and fill out the survey to amplify the impact of your work as we prepare for our landmark fifth annual convening, African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2020 (ADIS2020). *Note: The final set of questions are specific to past and current awardees of Builders of Africa's Future. We thank you for contributing your feedback and sharing your stories!
Give Us Your Feedback! Share Your Stories & Amplify ADN

Spotlight on Builders of Africa's Future 2019

Navalayo Osembo-Ombati, Enda Athletic, Inc.

"Making this shoe will be a big milestone not just for Enda but also for Kenya, as it will be a great example of high-quality products coming from Africa that can compete in the global market. It will also be another step in improving the economy and reducing poverty levels in the country."

Navalayo Osembo-Ombati, co-founder of Enda Athletic, Inc., started Enda three years ago with the aim of bringing Kenya’s athletic greatness to runners around the world in the form of jobs, skills development, and investing in community-led projects in places where we work. 

Enda had great success in its first product, the Enda “Iten”, a lightweight trainer named after a small town in Kenya’s Rift Valley that has the world’s highest concentration of gold medalist runners. Over 4,000 pairs have been sold across the world. This year, they just launched their second product, the “Lapatet,” a best-in-class daily trainer on Kickstarter.

Enda “Lapatets” were recently launched on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter

Nava and her team are raising $80,000 on Kickstarter, to help offset high capital expenses necessary to build the shoes. In addition to supporting the ongoing Kickstarter campaign, other key asks include:

  1. Investment of $250,000, either in debt or equity to invest mainly in marketing, inventory and working capital; and

  2. Mentorship in digital marketing.

You can contact Ms. Navalayo Osembo at navalayo@endarunning.com or +254789755535 directly to discuss any of the asks above.

The Enda team shows off the new shoe model called the “Lapatets.” From right to left: Navalayo Osembo, Enda CEO; Raphael Jani, Sales Associate; Eva Mutuku, Operations Associate; and Weldon Kennedy, Chief Operating Officer.
Learn More About the 2019 Builders of Africa's Future

ADN Global, National,  and Regional Engagement

African Diaspora Network drives its message of collectively uplifting the continent of Africa through bold representation. We actively participate in regional and global convenings linked to innovation, investment, and entrepreneurship. Our latest engagements include the following:

May 16-17 | "The State of the African Philanthropy" at Wits Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Center for African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at Wits Business School, Harvard University’s Center for African Studies, TrustAfrica, and the African Philanthropy Forum are organizing a two-day conference on “The State of African Philanthropy” on May 16-17, 2019 at the Donald Gordon Auditorium (University of Witwatersrand). Almaz Negash will attend and present on the panel on “The Diaspora and African Philanthropy."

Become a Member of ADN!

Join Us Today & Get Access to Your 2019 ADN Membership Benefits

Your membership enables you to unique access to ADN and the global leaders, innovators, investors and entrepreneurs like you who seek to uplift the African continent. We have an exciting year ahead, with convenings across the United States and Africa, supporting our Builders of Africa Awardees and other startups in Africa and building momentum for ADIS2020. Learn about membership levels and benefits on the African Diaspora Network site.

ADN Membership Levels:

  • Friends of Africa
  • Sustainers
  • Donors Circle
  • Vision 2025
Sign Up to Join ADN as a Member Today!

 Abundance in Africa MasterClass Series Now Available to All  Download and View Today

Panelists for Human Capital Investment: Activating the Potential of Africa 2050 include moderator Semhar Araia of UNICEF USA and panelists Rufaro Kangai, Lee Sorensen, Dr. Phillip Clay, and Thane Kreiner
9+ Hours of MasterClass Content Now Accessible to All!
ADN is delighted to announce the complete release of the the Amplifying Abundnace in Africa Online MasterClass. Thank you to all those who have downloaded the videos and supported us in our efforts to make the videos accessible to everyone for the purpose of learning and understanding the opportunities in investment in Africa.

Learn about and understand opportunities in innovation, investment, and entrepreneurship across Africa by accessing 9+ hours of content including:
  • Selling Real Estate in Africa
  • Understanding Africa’s Advantage on Climate Change
  • Best Tactics for Financial Capital
  • What V.C. Wants from Entrepreneurs
  • Top Innovation Companies in Silicon Valley and what they see in Africa
  • Law, Regulation, and Best Practice in Africa
  • How to Pitch to an Investor

Read the ADIS2019 Summary & Action Report

Learn more and read our ADIS2019 Summary and Action Report

"[The] ADIS2019 conference was a spectacular success. Excellent discussion topics, Engaging panelists, Dynamic keynote speakers and Invigorating interactions with Africans in Diaspora and Friends of Africa and ample networking opportunities. All with a focus on development of the African continent. I hope you can top this in ADIS2020."  

Professor Tokunbo Ogunfunmi, Santa Clara University

Community Partners Announcements

Four Fascinating Jobs at ESSA - Education Sub Saharan Africa

Join ESSA - Education Sub Saharan Africa, a unique collaborative effort focusing on Tertiary Education and work in sub-Saharan Africa. We are young, have an exciting mission and are growing fast, thanks to our range of high quality partners, funders and team. At this stage, in addition to recruiting a number of programme managers based in Africa we are looking to boost our core capabilities, in order to drive significant growth in impact, by recruiting for full-time positions. Learn more here.

Learn More About Opportunities at ESSA

May 9 Conversation with Mr. Dillon Iwu, Senior Field Representative, Office of Congressmember on USA Policy Toward Africa

Date: May 9, 2019 from 7-8:30 PM

Place: Santa Clara University, School of Engineering 
            Guadalupe Hall, Bldg. 455, 3rd Floor 
            Santa Clara, CA 95053
Join C4Africa, African Diaspora Network, and community partner for a convesration with Mr. Dillon Wu, Senior Field Representative, Office of Congressmember on USA Policy toward Africa and bi-partisan support to create U.S.-Africa policy. The Honorable Congresswoman Karen Bass has been supporting the work of African Diaspora Network since its inception. We thank her for her leadership.

Support London Theater: The Young Vic, May 13

Support London Theatre, The Young Vic, in welcoming US author and commentator,   Damon Young, on Monday May 13th at 7:45PM  for an evening of lively discussion around the intersection of masculinity, blackness, and feminism as part of YV:ID, a festival of digital and live events exploring identity.
 
This event follows the UK release of Damon’s book What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You   Blacker, a funny and provocative chronicle of his efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. The stages of the Young Vic have always been a place dedicated to asking the most profound questions in artistically compelling ways. The goal of YV:ID  is to continue to catalyse these debates, and we are excited to support this effort and hope that you will join us for our first collaboration.  
 
To attend,  RSVP directly to RSVP@youngvic.org by Thursday, May 9.

Apply By June 15 to the Stanford Seed Transformation Program 2020

Stanford Seed is looking for high-potential CEOs or founders based in Africa and India who are motivated for growth. The Seed Transformation Program is an unconventional, high-touch learning experience that goes beyond acquiring business skills. Stanford's world-renowned faculty and dedicated team of experts work with leaders throughout their 12-month journey to growth.
Apply Now to the Stanford Seed Transformation Program 2020

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