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Early Stage VC, Impact Investing, and Corporate Expansion Programs

Register Today for Silicon Valley Investors on Africa | July 28, 2018
The African Diaspora Network is delighted to invite you to the second Innovation & Impact Speaker Series, sponsored by VMware and co-sponsored by the Frugal Innovation Hub at Santa Clara University.

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

Featuring the following expert speakers:

  • Marsha Wulff, Loftyinc Capital Management
  • Emeka Afigbo, Facebook
  • Duncan Goldie-Scot, Musoni Kenya Ltd. 
  • Stanley Onyimba, Google
  • Allie Amoroso, Oracle Startup Ecosystem, Head of North America 
  • Deji Akomolafe MCT, MCSE, MCSA, VCP

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.
Introducing the Silicon Valley Investors on Africa Speakers
Marsha Wulff, Loftyinc Capital Management
Marsha Wulff has lived or worked on six continents, building businesses from start-up through M&As and IPOs, as an entrepreneur, investor, director and advisor. She has pioneered social impact ventures and investing since the 1990’s, both in the US and across Africa, backing innovative ventures and African diaspora.
Emeka Afigbo, Facebook
Emeka Afigbo leads Facebook’s Product Partnership efforts in the Middle East and Africa focused on driving Facebook strategy through global programs and strategic product integrations with partners. Prior to Facebook, Emeka led Google developer community initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Duncan Goldie-Scot, Musoni Kenya Ltd.
Duncan Goldie-Scot has been investing in startups companies in Africa for more than ten years and pioneered the use of mobile payments in micro-finance institutions (MFIs). He co-founded the first 100% cashless MFI, created a company to create credit profiles using mobile data, and helped create a technical platform that is now used by MFIs across Africa.
Stanley Onyimba, Google
Stanley Onyimba is an entrepreneur at Area 120, Google’s internal startup accelerator. He co-founded a platform that connects emerging market startups to expertise and funding in the diaspora and leads the team’s investor initiatives. 
Allie Omoroso, Oracle Startup Ecosystem, Head of North America
Allie Omoroso works with diverse founders and investors focusing on seed to series A startups driving innovation in the B2B enterprise landscape. Omorose is also the founder of ROSE Women’s Foundation in Kenya that helps women in the slums grow micro-businesses to provide income and integrity.
Deji Akomolafe, VMware
Deji Akomolafe is a Program Manager and Global Staff Solutions Architect at VMware, specializing in Virtualization and Cloud Computing Technologies and Solutions. Deji’s Program incubation and management expertise is rooted in providing technical guidance, mentorship, support and facilitation.
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 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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