Builders of Africa's Future

BAF Pitch Day

Date: Sep 12, 2023 11:00 AM EST

The African Diaspora Network welcomes you to the sixth annual Builders of Africa’s Future Pitch Session! We invite you to join us in celebrating innovation and the profound impact created by early-stage African enterprises. This event serves as a tribute to the emerging stars of African entrepreneurship, who are actively shaping the future of the continent through both non-profit and for-profit initiatives aimed at addressing critical community needs.
The Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) program is dedicated to recognizing and supporting Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs. This year, we are proud to award 10 to 15 outstanding entrepreneurs with access to enterprise development training, valuable partnership and mentorship opportunities, and a platform to enhance brand visibility and attract global and local investment.
Our virtual showcase features compelling pitch presentations by grassroots African entrepreneurs, making it an ideal opportunity for venture capitalists, angel investors, and those committed to making a meaningful impact through their investments.
Since its inception in 2018, Builders of Africa’s Future has been instrumental in identifying and catalyzing the growth of 42 African startups. We are thrilled to introduce this year’s cohort of 10 exceptional Builders who are poised to drive positive change across the continent.
Join us in this exciting journey of innovation, entrepreneurship, and Africa’s bright future.

Wawira Njiru

(Keynote Speaker)
Executive Director and Founder of Food 4 Education
Wawira is the founder of Food for Education (F4E), a social enterprise that is creating the blueprint for school feeding in Africa. Led by African women, F4E leverages payment technology and smart supply chains to source nutritious ingredients from local smallholder farmers, simplify distribution, and bring high-quality daily school meals to children. They have provided over 21 million meals since their first central kitchen opened in 2016 and their scalable, efficient model is creating a sustainable path to solve the child nutrition crisis for over 200 million African children.
Wawira is the winner of the 2022 Global Icon Award by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a 2021 Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, 2020 Ford Foundation Global Fellow, a 2018 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a recipient of the Builders of Africa Award 2018, one of 2018’s Top 40 under 40 women in Kenya, and the youngest recipient of the University of South Australia’s alumni award in 2017. She is also the inaugural recipient of the Global Citizen Youth Leadership Prize 2018 presented by Cisco and the 2021 United Nations Kenya Person of the Year.