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Amplifying the Wealth of Africa through Agriculture & Apply for African Diaspora StartUp Pitch

January 26-27, 2018 - Third Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California
Dear Friends,

As members of the Diaspora, friends of Africa, and changemakers within the Continent, we seek a common goal -- to uplift the African continent and its people by magnifying the talent and resources to reach its full potential.
 
The upcoming African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2018 provides the rare opportunity for leaders from across sectors to convene and participate in collective thought and action on how to proceed in achieving this vision. In the weeks to come, we will release information on how to register. Please save the date and spread the word to colleagues and friends who are interested in "Magnifying What is Within" with us. 

We thank our early sponsors for their enthusiastic generosity and unfailing support for the African Diaspora Investment Symposium, now in its third year. We welcome you to join us in realizing the power of partnership and collective ingenuity. 

Sincerely,
Almaz Negash
Founder, African Diaspora Network
Convener, African Diaspora Investment Symposium

Amplifying the Wealth of Africa through Agriculture, "Africa's Quiet Revolution"

African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2018 offers a special focus on the agricultural sector and how innovative partnerships can be leveraged to uplift the Continent. Researchers have declared the agricultural sector "Africa's Quiet Revolution," as nearly three quarters of the workforce is now focused on agriculture. Africa's abundance of land and natural resources is one of its greatest, untapped strengths. Rapid innovation through technology is now foreseen as the necessary ingredient that will give rise to the Continent's transformation into a "green revolution."

Improved food production, supply, and consumption systems will not only increase exports and revenue, but provides the opportunity to feed undernourished or starving communities. Professor Mammo Muchie of South Africa's Tshwane University of Technology and Emeritus Board member of the African Diaspora Network writes about how agriculture is especially key to addressing youth unemployment on the Continent. 

Read the full article on Digital Journal.

"African youth should venture into agriculture and create viable enterprises that would generate employment opportunities. The agriculture sector has the capacity to offer employment opportunities to 75 percent of the population." - Professor Mammo Muchie, South Africa's Tshwane University of Technology, & Emeritus Board member of the African Diaspora Network

Read the full article addressing youth unemployment.

Apply for Startup Pitch by Diaspora Entrepreneurs

The African Diaspora Network is delighted to announce the first in a series of Startup Pitch by Diaspora Entrepreneurs. A curated list of 10 African Diaspora entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to showcase their startups to ADIS participants. Startups will be selected based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth potential and impact potential on the continent. The ADIS platform will offer a unique stage for the entrepreneurs to promote their venture, attract potential customers, and drum up investor and partner interest.
 
If you are an African Diaspora Entrepreneur with a great business venture please fill out a brief application and tell us more about your business. If you are an accredited investor and would like to learn more about best-in-class African Diasporan startups, participate in an angel round, or explore syndication opportunities with other investors, we would love to invite you to an investor discussion right after the Startup Pitch session. 

Please send an email expressing your interest to any of us:
Twum Djin, Goldwater Capital at: tdjin@goodwatercap.com
Almaz Negash, African Diaspora Network: almaz@africandiasporanetwork.org
Marsha Wulff, LofytyInc at: marsha.wulff@loftyincltd.biz

SAVE THE DATE: January 26-27, 2018
African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2018

Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA, USA

“Building Africa’s Future: Magnifying What is Within”

Key Topics: Human Capital – Investment – Entrepreneurship – Innovation – Technology

Session Highlight: Agriculture Panels & Deep-Dive Discussions
Friday Panel Discussion | Magnifying Africa's Agriculture Sector: The Impact of Community-Led Development for Small-Scale Farmers

This panel examines Africa’s agriculture sector and the role that community-led development plays in helping small-scale farmers build resilience.  Leading experts will engage the audience in a conversation about the critical roles of social capital and gender in increasing farmers’ access to resources and growing their incomes.  Discussion also will focus on how to engage youth in agriculture value chains through the creation of entrepreneurial opportunities.

Friday Design-Thinking Session | Design-Thinking on the Crossroads between Agriculture, Technology, and Human Capital

A human-centered design workshop focused on satellite technology applications for Agriculture in Africa. The workshop will engage the participants on the role that investment in agriculture can play in transforming the lives of the people in Africa, especially that of the youth.
 
African Diaspora Investment Symposium 2017 participants partake in table topic discussions for in-depth discussion, knowledge-sharing, and networking.

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African Diaspora Network Regional, National, and Global Engagement

October 1-4 – Grand Challenge Meeting Organized by Gates Foundation, Grand Challenge Canada, and USAID
Almaz Negash participated on a panel on Strengthening African R&D: A Dialogue with Global Partners & African Diaspora in the United States.  The three days engagement with diverse practitioners, thought leaders, and issue area experts allowed for a deeper dialogue on ways to strengthen the R&D ecosystem in Africa to accelerate innovation, entrepreneurship, and investment. ADN’s commitment is to carry over the dialogue and action at The Third Annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium. Special thanks to Nicholas Bassey of USAID and the Gates Foundation.
October 10 - SoCap  Special thanks to Marsha Wulff for hosting a LoftyInc Afropreneurs Fund dinner which included Impact Investing updates from the African Diaspora Network’s Investment Symposium and the GSBI accelerator at Santa Clara University. ADN was represented by Twum Dijin, Goodwater Capital, and of course, Marsha Wulff. 
November 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: ADN will host lunch sponsored by Facebook at Facebook to celebrate the contribution of this year's winners of the King Baudouin Foundation (KBFUS) Development Prize. The foundation is doing a roadshow to highlight the creativity of young African entrepreneurs to provide innovative solutions to improve lives in their local communities in the areas of law, agriculture and education. 

Partner Event Announcements

October 19-29, 2017: United Nations Association Film Festival

Founded in 1998 UNAFF (United Nations Association Film Festival) uses the power of documentary film to create a community forum for discovery and dialogue about different cultures, local and global issues & solutions on aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNAFF was originally conceived to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
 
The festival will run from October 19th to the 29th and this year’s theme RESPECT continues our two decades long celebration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with the reminder that it applies to everyone.
 
The full program has been published on the website and can be found in the brochure.  You may find more information about each film in the films pages  and check the schedule for a day by day event calendar for your convenience. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

For more information on the 2017 African Diaspora Investment Symposium, please see the following post-ADIS2017 materials:

a.      ADIS 2017 Summary and Next Steps 

b.      ADIS 2017 – Visual Summary 

c.      ADIS 2017 Brochure 

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