July 2018 – Silicon Valley Event

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

African Diaspora Network Impact & Innovation Speaker Series

Sponsored by:
A special thank you to: Mr. Deji Akomolafe & VMware for Sponsoring the Forum, Marsha Wulff of LoftyInc for curating and moderating the forum and our partners at the Frugal Innovation Hub, Santa Clara University
On Saturday, July 28, African Diaspora Network hosted its second 2018 Africa Impact & Innovation Series in partnership with VMware and Frugal Innovation Hub. Held at Santa Clara University’s Frugal Innovation Hub, the event drew participants from the technology, academia, and public sectors interested to learn more about investment landscape of Africa. Highlights include the following takeaways:
The afternoon session concluded with a Q&A; audience members followed up with questions about technology education, security innovation, and skills development programs in Africa. Wulff provided a final background and context on the impact of venture capital in Africa, highlighting the potential of VC investments to generate robust growth in revenue and jobs.
The closing reception became a highlight of the evening, as participants and panelists met one-on-one and held small group conversations over wine and hors d’oeuvres.