The mission of ADN is to sustainably serve its constituencies, marketplace, and partners. This is inextricably linked to engaging the African diaspora through an ethics of care, enhancing their well-being in their adopted homelands, and facilitating their strategic involvement in the development of Africa and the communities in which we live.
ADN’s vision is to activate capital from the African diaspora and friends of Africa for the development of Africa and communities around the world. We aim to be the global leader in diaspora philanthropy, investment, and innovation.
Since our founding in 2010, we have been gradually building a network which permits us to harness the global intellectual capacity of Africans in the Diaspora and friends of Africa in order to promote business and economic development across the continent and the communities in which we live.
Convened more than 10,000 people on entrepreneurship, investment, innovation, and human capital development.
Successfully completed five in-person African Diaspora Investment Symposiums (ADIS), held in Santa Clara County, California in 2016-2020, with an attendance of 1,300 entrepreneurially-minded, Africa-focused leaders and professionals from across the world.
Due to COVID-19, pivoted to hosting the sixth annual symposium as a virtual ADIS21 July 2020 – November 2020 with an attendance of 2,158 professionals from 57+ different countries.
Over the last four years honored 42 Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) enterprises, who have demonstrated excellence in leading startups and NGOs that contribute to Africa’s development.
Supporting 10 Catholic Sisters through the launch of Start Your Social Enterprise, a preparatory training for Builders of Africa’s Future
In 2021 launched the Accelerating Black Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ABLE) program with an inaugural cohort of 16 Black entrepreneurs who are addressing essential community needs and spurring sustainable growth.
Between 2018-2020, ADN hosted the Impact and Innovation Forums with 900 participants in California, Washington, D.C, and New York and in 2021 hosted 7 virtual sessions with 681 attendees from 58+ different countries
Launched the ADN Telehealth pilot
Contributed to the Silicon Valley Diversity and Inclusion Ecosystem – we are known for our ability to bring global communities together
68+ ecosystem partnerships formed. ADN is a catalyst for building partnerships with leading organizations to enable more entrepreneurs to gain access to resources. Some of these partners include Bill.com, Stanford SEED, Stanford University; Conrad Hilton Foundation; Mastercard Foundation Scholars; Segal Family Foundation Africa Visionary Fellows; The Harambeans; Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Santa Clara University; MIT Lab; Africa America Institute; Ashesi University; and Frugal Innovation, Santa Clara University.
Successfully raised funds from foundations, corporations, individuals, and community partners to help launch and scale our accelerator programs.
A stellar and committed team and dedicated board of directors and advisors