2017 Conference Updates

On Saturday, October 14th, 2017, StartUpAfrica hosted its Annual Entrepreneurship Conference at American University, Washington, D.C. The event is our organization’s uniquely comprehensive event that is the result of the coordinated efforts of a diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs. The conference has established itself as an important forum for business leaders, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, scholars and aspiring entrepreneurs to gather and exchange ideas around entrepreneurship.


Under the theme of “Accelerating Diaspora Entrepreneurship for Africa’s Growth”, the conference saw participants being feted with remarks from Torine Brooks-Creppy, Acting President & Chief Programs Officer, Safe Kids Worldwide, Kazuhiro Suzuki, Minister of Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan, Washington, D.C., and an inspiring keynote by Ambassador Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to USA.

Presenting on the conference panels including Diaspora Youth: Engaging them to look back, Diaspora Women in Entrepreneurship, African Entrepreneurs: Succeeding in the US, Diaspora and Fintech, and, Financing Diaspora Business Initiatives in Africa, a lineup of successful and accomplished speakers from different parts of the US who shared great insights and best practices with the attendees.

“For members of the Diaspora and those seeking to do business in Africa, this conference was worth the time for those who attended,” said Erastus Mong’are, Executive Director, StartUpAfrica. “Ours is to keep preparing and hosting this event so that more people are empowered to take action for themselves and Africa”.

Feedback from speakers and participants on the event indicated the event was a success and they got useful information that they can use in their businesses.

StartUpAfrica is grateful to our hosts, the Baptist International Ministry at American University, our lead sponsor, Safe Kids Worldwide, and lunch sponsor, Swahili Village Restaurant.

Mark your calendars for the next Conference on Saturday, October 13, 2018. More information will be announced soon on our website.

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