StartUpAfrica provides a great platform for entrepreneurs in different levels and thought leaders to share their experience, stories and vision. To this end, the conference will present one-day high level program that captures important discussions about entrepreneurship, doing business in Africa, latest trends, and, how to overcome challenges that will help promote business and market expansion in the continent.

Conference Agenda


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM

Check-in, Registration, and Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:05 AM

Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Adrien Ngudiankama
    Chaplain, American University
9:05AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Remarks:TBA

  • Erastus Mong’are, HSC
    Executive Director, StartUpAfrica
  • Torine Brooks Creppy
    Acting President & Chief Programs Officer, Safe Kids Worldwide
9:30 AM – 9:55 AM

Key Remarks:

  • Dr. Arikana Chihambori-Quao
    African Union Ambassador, USA
10:00AM – 10:45AM

 Panel A: Diaspora Youth: Engaging them to look back

10:45AM– 11:00AM

Networking Break

11:00AM – 11:45AM

Panel B: Diaspora Women in Entrepreneurship

11:45 AM – 12:30PM

Panel C: African Entrepreneurs: Succeeding in the U.S.

12:30PM – 1:30 PM


1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Panel D: Diaspora & Fintech

2:15 PM – 3:00 PM
Panel E: Financing Diaspora Business Initiatives in Africa: What you need to know

3:00 PM – 3.15 PM
Networking Break
3:15 PM – 3.30 PM
Special Presentation

  • Tebabu Assefa
    Founder, Blessed Coffee (BC)
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Closing Remarks

  • Minister Kazuhiro Suzuki
    Minister for Economic Affairs, Embassy of Japan, Washington D.C.
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


***Note: Agenda is subject to change, please review the website periodically for updates.