Impact and Innovation Forums 2022

Overview of Impact and Innovation

Our Innovation and Impact Forums are part of a year-round speaker series across Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., New York City, and virtually with thought-provoking conversations around strategic and consistent diaspora engagement in Africa’s future. Africa is poised to become a leading continent for investment. According to the World Bank, over the past 15 years, African economies have enjoyed growth ‘above global average.’ The ADN Impact and Innovation Forums enable us to continue harnessing the knowledge and resources of Africans in the diaspora for positive impact through investment, entrepreneurship, innovation, and human capital.


This year ADN will be partnering with Invest Barbados, SME.NG, King Baudouin Foundation United States, the Mastercard Foundation, the Gates Foundation, and the Tiba Foundation to present webinars to Africans, diasporans, and friends of Africa around topics of healthcare, education, technology, and finance.

May 25, 2022

Celebrate Africa Day! Africa Day Media Roundtable

Transforming Narratives: Strategies for Effective Engagement Between the African Diaspora and African Media
Celebrate Africa Day on May 25! Join us as we explore approaches to transforming the African narrative through effective engagement between the Diaspora and African Media.
April 13, 2022 / Wednesday, 8am PST/11am EST/5pm Lagos

U.S. – Nigeria Accelerator/Startup Connector

Leveraging Business Accelerators, Peer Networks, and Government Programs to Grow Your Global Brand
California and Silicon Valley are well known worldwide for storied, best-in-class technology development. As a Nigeria-based startup, how can you access this unique ecosystem to harness the talent, advice, peer networks and capital to scale your company in the U.S. and beyond?
April 8, 2022 / Friday,8:00 AM PST, 11:00 AM EST, 4:00 PM BST

Skoll World Forum Ecosystem Day 2022

Paving the Path Forward: Investment in Women
The Skoll World Forum is taking place online April 6-8, 2022. With the theme Face/Forward, we’ll gather our community of social innovators and advance the global solutions needed to bring people and planet into a thriving new era. Ecosystem Events are independently organized events that take place during the Forum to engage attendees and the public in bold and equitable solutions to pressing social problems.
February 22, 2022 / Tuesday, 11:00 AM PST

Blueprints for Innovation: Black Entrepreneurs Transforming the Landscape of Business

Black History Month Celebration with the African Diaspora Network and IBM
Systemic barriers translate into a steep price that Black entrepreneurs must pay to become entrepreneurs. Only 1% of venture-backed businesses are Black, at least in part because of unconscious bias and pattern recognition on the part of investors. Black nonprofits only receive 8% of funding in comparison to their white peers. Yet, Black entrepreneurs are a rising force in the modern landscape of business.