Impact and Innovation Forums 2021

Harnessing Knowledge and Resources: Entrepreneurship & Investment

Friday, April 9, 2021, 12 pm pst

Hosted by the African Diaspora Network and UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFS)

Private Event for UC Berkeley Scholars

Entrepreneurial and energetic young leaders are vital to the socio-economic development of Africa. After years of diligent work to earn their degree, graduates are eager to join the workforce. To be successful, they need access to resources that will help them find a job or grow their business.

In both locating work and growing a business, mentorship and networking are vital resources.For the job seeker, professionals in the graduate’s field can discuss the best places to search for work and what to include on a resume to really stand out. Established entrepreneurs can aid young entrepreneurs in developing their presentation to partners and customers and link them with potential investors.

How do graduates and young entrepreneurs go about connecting with subject-matter experts,who can provide mentoring and networking opportunities? The African Diaspora Network is delighted to collaborate with UC Berkeley Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP)to engage Scholars in an in-depth conversation with entrepreneurs and investors. The goal of this virtual event is to provide Scholars an opportunity to learn how to access resources to help them get a job and/or grow their social ventures and businesses as they make a difference in their communities.


Bernard Laurendeau

Bernard Laurendeau

Managing Partner, Laurendeau & Associates

Bernard is the Managing Partner at Laurendeau & Associates advising clients mainly in the public sector in digital transformation and startup ecosystem building. Prior to founding his advisory firm, Bernard was the Regional Director for Africa of a Silicon Valley based big data analytics startup helping government officials in low- and middle-income countries make evidence-based decisions. At BNP Paribas, he was focusing on offshoring and outsourcing strategies as Vice President of the Location Strategy group in San Francisco.