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 Thursday, January 24

Evening Reception:
Networking & Welcome
Friday, January 25
The Investment Ecosystem: Capturing Exceptional Returns in Africa
Saturday, January 26
The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem: Energizing Collaboration
for the Future

Agenda

Day 1

Amplifying the Conversation: Selected Sector Conversations & Evening Welcome Reception
Thursday, January 24
08:00 pm

African Diaspora Network kicks off ADIS2019  with focused sector convenings and an evening welcoming reception to network and celebrate its fourth annual convening. Meet with fellow participants, panelists, moderators, and keynote speakers over hors d'oeuvres, light refreshments, and live entertainment. The reception concludes with a closing awards ceremony that honors African Diaspora Network’s third annual Barka Award recipient.

 

Day 2

The Investment Ecosystem: Capturing Exceptional Returns in Africa
Friday, January 25
08:00 am

What kinds of investments in Africa are proliferating, and how do you capture exceptional returns? Take a deep dive into our focus groups, panels, and workshops that explore investment opportunities in Africa. Examine the trends, challenges, and role of the Diaspora in catalyzing investment, venture capital, social entrepreneurship, fintech, and human capital investment. Participate in our reflection and action sessions to network and spark collaboration. 

Investment

Friday

Africa is rising steadily as the next frontier for investment, with countries like China leading the way in direct investments and Y Combinator building an increasing number of African ventures. What kinds of  investments in Africa are proliferating, and how do you capture exceptional returns? Leading Silicon Valley investors will explain what helped them make their first Africa investments, ranging from greenfield investment opportunities to impact investment.

Venture Capital

Friday

Not all SMEs are alike — among them, venture capital in Africa holds the highest potential of generating robust growth in revenue and jobs on the continent. According to Partech Ventures, the VC funding raised by African startups reached $367 million in 2016, with 33% yearly growth. This session addresses the ecosystem’s knowledge gap around VCs in Africa and case examples of opportunities. Taking an opportunities-over-obstacles approach, hear from leading experts on their investment decision-making, venture-building strategies, and results that led them to take the VC path in Africa.

Diaspora Impact Investment & Social Entrepreneurship

Friday

Africa’s economic growth is unleashing the creativity of entrepreneurs across the continent. These entrepreneurs are inventing novel solutions to address big unsolved problems in their local markets. Unfortunately, the biggest problem they face is the lack of working capital to bring those solutions to scale.  This session will share how to tap into the abundant financial resources that are available and how to attract impact investors to your social enterprise.  

Human Capital Investment

Friday

By 2050, Africa is expected to experience a demographic doubling in population to reach a landmark 1 billion. This profound shift has the potential to amplify abundance. In honor of the 50th anniversary of the African Union, African leaders established Agenda 2063 to plan for prosperity, shared growth, and economic opportunity for all.  How can the Continent harness human capital to achieve and activate the potential of its growing population? This session highlights investment opportunities that pave a foundation for skills development, education, mentoring, and employment training. Learn about the United Nations’ major Impact Investment Collaborative in Africa and investment opportunities that foster African talent and ingenuity for a competitive and inclusive marketplace.

Fintech Workshop

Friday

Fintech has emerged as a leading driver of advancing innovation in Africa, with a huge volume of digital currency and blockchain initiatives building across the Continent. According to Exploring the African Fintech Startup Ecosystem Report 2017, Africa is home to more than 300  fintech startups active in over 20 countries, with tremendous growth since 2015. During this workshop, we will explore how fintech can transform the African economy by banking the unbanked and by leapfrogging and disrupting inefficient systems.

Reflection & Action

Friday

Immerse in deep discussions with fellow participants after the panel sessions to redefine and reimagine impact in Africa. Convene with panelists and speakers to ask questions and continue conversations on the burgeoning investment ecosystem in Africa. How do you plan to take action? Network and spark collaborations through group ideation and potential partnerships.

Free Time to Explore Silicon Valley

Friday

Explore the heart of Silicon Valley and embark upon an evening of sight-seeing with fellow ADIS participants. Tour the local area, enjoy dinner at the restaurants along Castro Street in Mountain View, or take public transportation to go sightseeing in neighboring cities like San Francisco or San Jose.

 

Day 3

The Entrepreneurship & Innovation Ecosystem: Energizing Collaboration
for the Future
Saturday, January 26
08:00 am

Immerse in discussion panels that redefine and reimagine the Diaspora’s impact in Africa. Be a part of our sessions on contextual innovation, African entrepreneurship and ecosystem development, and integrated and sustainable development in Africa. Celebrate the future of Africa as we recognize innovators and entrepreneurs at our second annual Builders of Africa’s Future Awards.

Integrated & Sustainable Development in Africa

Saturday

The UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development outlines seventeen sustainable development goals. As a launchpad for action, Development Goal 17: Partnership for Goals seeks to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize global partnership for sustainable development.” What integrated approaches have been most effective in uplifting Africa toward a new model of sustainability? Intersectional goals such as poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, and job generation require a multi-faceted approach made possible through cross-sector collaboration. Delve into the current work and steps that policymakers, innovators, and entrepreneurs have taken to work toward integrated economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Africa.

Manufacturing & Technology

Saturday

Manufacturing and technology are key to the structural transformation of Africa. According to the Overseas Development Institute, African manufacturing production more than doubled between 2005 and 2014 with 3.5% annual growth, while sub-Saharan African manufacturing exports almost tripled to more than $140 billion. Meanwhile, technological giants continue to invest and innovate in Africa. This session addresses how entrepreneurs have accelerated development and infrastructure on the Continent through manufacturing & technology.

Health Care & Education

Saturday

Health care and education are key determinants of individual wellness as well as a nation’s overall economic health and sustainability. Achieving Agenda 2063 requires development that is people-driven, particularly among women and youth. How do we achieve a high standard of living and quality of life that drives well-being? This session provides an overview of how health care and education have the potential to transform African economies and set a foundation for an educated and skilled citizenry that builds prosperity and eradicates poverty.

Energy & Agriculture

Saturday

How have energy and agriculture transformed the landscape of Africa and shifted the economy toward new innovations and opportunities? Learn about paygo energy in Africa as well as new trends in agricultural investments driven by private equity firms. Case examples include new irrigation systems and processing plants that create a ripple effect in local job opportunities and increased sustainability in the region.

Builders of Africa’s Future

Saturday

The second Builders of Africa’s Future Awards serves to showcase and award entrepreneurs who are running early-stage for-profit and not-for-profits that are addressing Africa’s unique needs through technology or differentiated business models. These unique needs include health, education, energy, financial inclusion, gender inclusion, nutrition, commerce, industrial development, and other socioeconomic good. A selection of nominees will showcase their startup; start-ups are selected based on the criteria of innovation, uniqueness, growth, potential, and impact potential on the continent.

Closing Session

Saturday

Participants will convene for the final closing session of ADIS2019. The ADIS Co-Chair will provide a brief summary of key takeaways and highlights, including opportunities for action and upcoming ADN events.

Evening Reception and Live Performance

Saturday

Join us for our closing reception, featuring live musical performance over light food and beverages. Network and energize collaboration with fellow participants at the symposium. What is your greatest takeaway? How do you plan to take action? Celebrate with us and continue conversations spurred from ADIS2019.

 

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