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African Diaspora Network Announces New International Partnership

Dear Friends, 

The African Diaspora Network, over the years, has forged partnerships with individuals, organizations, corporations, and educational institutions to leverage resources, knowledge, and expertise. True to our commitment, we have utilized these partnerships in order to accelerate economic, business, and social well-being in Africa and the communities in which we live.

Today, we are delighted to announce a new international partnership between ADN and the United States International University Africa (USIU-Africa) based in Kenya. The purpose of this partnership is to facilitate dialogue and action on education, investment, innovation and entrepreneurship between Diasporans and those living in Africa. More information on the ADN-USIU-Africa partnership can be found in the newsletter below.   

In the spirit of collaboration and community-building, ADN also held a retreat this June to welcome and orient our newly-instated leadership team. Our new team consists of cross-sector business entrepreneurs and changemakers offering a variety of expertise and resources as we plan the upcoming African Diaspora Investment Symposium, scheduled for January 24-26, 2019. Please SAVE these dates, and we look forward to seeing you in Silicon Valley.

Thank you,

Almaz Negash
Founder and Executive Director, African Diaspora Network
ADN Announces New Leadership Team Press Release
USIU-Africa Engagement with African Diaspora Network
The purpose of this partnership is to facilitate dialogue and action on education, investment, innovation and entrepreneurship between Diasporans and those living in Africa. African Diaspora Network provides a platform for knowledge-sharing, networking, and facilitating productive relationships that expedite action to partner with and support the work of USIU-Africa. In addition, the partnership will allow USIU-Africa and ADN to:
  1. Harness the diverse skills, expertise and potential of Africans abroad in both the academic and organizational development space;
  2. Harness Africa’s diaspora networks (individuals, corporations, foundations, and government) to develop university priority areas;
  3. Recruit students from the diaspora community, as well as their networks to study at USIU-Africa; 
  4. Provide referrals from and recommendations by the diaspora on opportunities for internships and placements locally, regionally, and globally for USIU-Africa students; and
  5. Foster mentorship opportunities for USIU-Africa students and ADN members. 
About USIU-Africa
USIU-Africa is a private, independent, non-profit university located in the Kasarani Sub-County of Nairobi County, Kenya. The university has a 49-year history of providing quality education in Africa, and is dually accredited in both the United States of America by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Kenya by the Commission for University Education. Learn more about
African Diaspora Network Impact & Innovation Series

Register Today: July 11, 2018
The Future of Social Impact: Trends & Highlights from Epic & Partners

The EPIC team is delighted to invite you to join an exciting conversation about the future of social impact with  The Forum will bring entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and business executives who will discuss the most innovative and exciting ways to work together to effect social change.
Register Today! The Future of Social Impact | July 11, 2018
About Epic
Founded in 2014 by successful serial entrepreneur Alexandre Mars, Epic is driven by the belief that the trajectory of many disadvantaged children is unfairly determined by where they are born. Epic is a global nonprofit startup which provides solutions to make giving the norm. Epic leverages impact and giving solutions for individuals and corporations to support high-impact social organizations tackling youth and children issues globally. ation. Learn more about

Save the Date: July 28, 2018 

Silicon Valley Investors on Africa

African Diaspora Network invites you to attend the second event of our Impact & Innovation Series: Silicon Valley Investors on Africa. The event will be hosted at the Frugal Innovation Hub at Santa Clara University on Saturday, July 28, from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM. 

Silicon Valley Investors on Africa: Conversation with Experts on Early Stage VC, Impact Investing, and Corporate Expansion Programs. 

Join us for an engaging and invigorating discussion on the growing Investment Opportunities in Africa. Africa is home to more than 1 billion people, expected to double by 2050, presenting great market potential. The continent is young, and according to Deloitte, 20% of the population is between the ages of 15 and 24, representing a large workforce, surpassing China and India. If you are an investor with foresight and a long-term view, this session is for you. 

Our expert panelists will address the following:

  1. Why they are looking at African Enterprise Development,
  2. What their investment strategies are, and
  3. What they are looking for in terms of size, stage, sector, impact, and returns.
Register Today for Silicon Valley Investors on Africa | July 28, 2018
Call for Nominations for the Second Builders of Africa's Future Awards
The 2018 Builders of Africa’s Future Awards brought together 2 investors and 10 startups based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth potential, and impact potential on the Continent. We look forward to welcoming the 2019 awardees
Nominations for the second BAF Awards are now open.The BAF Awards serves to showcase and award entrepreneurs who are running early-stage for-profit and not-for-profits that are addressing Africa’s unique needs through technology or differentiated business models. These unique needs are in health, education, energy, financial inclusion, gender inclusion, nutrition, commerce, industrial development, and other socioeconomic good.

Nominate leaders of an early-stage African enterprise for the second annual Builders of Africa's Future Awards today. A selection of nominees will showcase their startups at the Fourth Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium in January 2019. Start-ups will be selected based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth, potential, and impact potential on the continent.
Nominate an Early-Stage African Enterprise for the BAF Awards
African Youth Voice for Justice: Calid B - "Free the Watoto"
Calid B. - "Free The Watoto" (Lyric Video)
Calid B., one of our live performers at the African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2018, has released a new single.

"Free The Watoto" is a freedom song that speaks to the injustice of widespread incarceration among the African diaspora. With "watoto" meaning children in Swahili, Calid is addressing how our youth are being targeted by the criminal system in order to further the political agenda. By the transitions in the second half of the song, Calid also explores what it means to have knowledge of self and to become your true self.

Produced by Lord Haiti, with additional production by Calid B and Julian Harris, this uptempo track takes the listener on an audible journey, with influences from Fela Kuti's classic Afrobeat style fused with the classic trap sound that you might in a vintage T.I. song. Be sure to follow @calidb and @afrobang_ on Instagram to keep up with the movement.
African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2019
The African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2019 (ADIS2019) is the fourth annual global convening of leaders, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurs that seeks to uplift the African continent by building bridges among Africans, Diasporans, and friends of Africa. Located in Silicon Valley, the innovation and entrepreneurial capital of the world, the conference aims to inspire and empower participants to be agents of change and active contributors to Africa’s development.

The symposium activates the potential of partnership, drawing hundreds of participants yearly over its past three (03) editions from Africa, Europe, Canada, and the United States to deepen dialogue and action on a global scale. While the conference addresses diverse topics, discussions strive to intently tackle innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, and the role of the diaspora as individuals and/or organized groups.

Our 2019 convening will amplify the abundance of Africa through workshops, roundtable discussions, panels, and fireside chats that explore major ecosystems that impact Africa in its course towards advancing economic sustainability by 2050:
  • Investment and Human Capital Development
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Hosted by the African Diaspora Network, this two-day conference celebrates and fosters the ingenuity of the African community at home and abroad alongside champions around the world.

Save the Date for January 24-26, 2019! The 2019 African Diaspora Investment Symposium will be hosted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Stay tuned for details in our upcoming newsletters.
Upcoming Community Events

Islamic Development Bank Call for Innovation Via Transform Fund Open Until July 31, 2018

Through Transform, innovative ideas will be translated into real development solutions that will address development challenges and empower the communities and youth in particular to realize their full potential.
The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has established a special Fund, known as Science, Technology and Innovation Transform Fund (IsDB-STIF) to support its Member Countries in finding practical solutions to their key development challenges through the power of innovation. Transform is a multi-million-dollar fund that provides seed money for innovators, startups and SMEs to develop their ideas and compose a strong business proposal. Call for proposals deadline is July 31, 2018.

Scientists, Innovators, SMEs, Private Firms, Governments & Non-Governmental Organizations, and Academic or Research and Development Institutions in IsDB Member and non-member countries, which are in need of funding support under one of the following four categories of the IsDB-STIF can apply to these categories:

Category 1: New Ideas with Proof of Concept.
Category 2: Scaling up of Innovative Projects.
Category 3: Commercialization of Technology.
Category 4: Capacity Building in Science, Technology and Innovation

Transform can also provide funding for the commercialization of technology developed through sustained partnerships among researchers and entrepreneurs as well as capacity building support.
Apply Now for the IsDB Science, Technology, and Innovation Transform Fund
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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