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Explore the Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at ADIS20

What is the State of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Africa?  Africa is fertile for innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment, thanks to its young, eager to learn, and vibrant population.  Yet, compared to the rest of the world, Africa is still lag behind other regions in developing an ecosystem that is conducive to creating sustainable and thriving businesses. In this session, you will hear from African SME’s on the challenges and opportunities they face to overcome structural factors and produce some of the most innovative and successful enterprises on the continent.
Register to Explore the Africa Entrepreneurial Ecosystem at ADIS20!
Join this panel session of seasoned experts on Friday, January 24, at ADIS20! Stanford Seed invites you to be a part of the conversation and explore the Africa entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Darius Teter, Executive Director, Stanford Seed, Session Moderator
Yomi Adedeji, CEO, Softcom Ltd, Stanford Seed Transformation Network Member
Dr. Elikem Tamaklo, Managing Director, Nyaho Medical Centre, Stanford Seed Transformation Network Member
Keza Bunyenyezi, Chief Commercial Officer, ComzAfrica, Stanford Seed Transformation Network Member
Joan Rukundo Nalubega, Founder, Uganics
2020 Builders of Africa’s Future Awardee
View the full list of speakers on the official ADIS20 website.

"The African Diaspora Investment Symposium is emblematic of the increasing organization, mobilization, and dynamism of the African diaspora. I met audience members who had flown from various countries in Africa, Europe, and throughout the United States to attend the convocation of entrepreneurs, investors, NGO leaders, academics, and policymakers. The organization is launching a new platform to better enable its transnational members to communicate and distribute new ideas. Almaz has turned what was already an impactful annual conference into a landmark groundbreaking event that brings together leading thinkers and doers in the African development space." - Dr. Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor of Int'l Business and Int'l Affairs, George Washington

Spotlight on: Intra-Africa Payments Systems: Mobile Money and the Role of Technology

Transaction flows among Africa have transformed since the inception of mobile money. Removing major market barriers, cell phones and other digital technologies have been employed to streamline payments systems across the continent. How has the movement of financial flows across borders changed and expanded overtime? This session examines movement of financial flows and goods and how Africa may accelerate intra-regional trade within the Continent.

Participate in this Friday afternoon breakout session, featuring leading experts:
Hugh Molotsi, Founder and CEO, Ujama Inc., Moderator
Yomi Adedeji, CEO, Softcom Ltd, Stanford Seed Transformation Network Member
Moses Choi, Head of Digital and Sustainable Finance, Orange Silicon Valley
Kanyinsola Adepoju, Global Business Manager & Expansion, Flutterwave
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A Glimpse at ADIS2020: Sessions & Highlights

Accelerating African Impact Entrepreneurs: How might we strengthen the pipeline?
Entrepreneurship in Africa is booming. Over the last decades we have seen a parallel rise in international and local accelerators focused on supporting the growing pipeline of founders who are innovating product and business solutions to Africa’s most pressing challenges. Nevertheless the number of African-led social enterprises that have risen to attract the level of capital necessary to truly scale their impact is still small. In this session, you will hear from three Africa-focused accelerators who will share their learning and key challenges in unlocking the continent’s entrepreneurial potential. Session participants will be invited to directly engage in developing potential solutions to some of these challenges by using several MIT D-Lab participatory design tools as a framework for ideation.
Highlight: Tradition, Innovation, Entrepreneurship (TIE) Initiative: Infusing African Artistry into the World of Fashion and Interior Design
Showcasing the bright and complex hand-woven fabrics of Ghana and Ethiopia, the T I E model sets the stage to introduce iconic African design to global markets. It will provide the world of fashion and home décor a beautiful—and ethical—way to bring traditional hand-crafted products to consumers, while enhancing quality of life in African artisan communities. T I E is a ground-breaking effort, conceived by leadership of the US African Development Foundation, PYXERA Global, Association of Ghana Industries and Jaipur Rugs Company.
Digitizing Africa to Create Systems of Accountability & Transparency
Digitization and innovation come hand in hand. In 2018, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Senegal were recognized as “innovation achievers” by the Brookings Institute for having successfully harnessed technologies for economic development. This session explores the ways in which digitization has provided avenues toward systems of accountability and transparency, such as improving records through retail payments systems, boosting financial inclusion, particularly of women entrepreneurs, promoting sustainable business models, and improving revenue administration. 
Find our complete session offerings and day-to-day agenda.

Thank You to Our Sponsors


Hugh Stuart Center Charitable Trust

William H. Cilker Family Foundation

Individual Sponsors

Twum Djin

Joshua Ghaim

Dawit Habtezghi

Regga Tekeste

Hugh Molotsi

Duncan Goldie-Scot

Abbey Omokhodion

Terry & Carolyn Gannon Fund

Dave Wilde

Charlie Adams


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