My experience at ADIS was phenomenal for many reasons but I’ll focus on one in particular. I attended ADIS with an idea in mind that I hoped to validate while there. I believed that there is a pent-up demand within the diaspora for efficient ways to identify and invest in early and growth stage companies led by Africans and the African diaspora. ADN was gracious enough to support me, and my partner Lydia, in organizing a dinner with a segment of participants interested in exploring this theory with us. The quality feedback we received at the dinner and through conversations that happened over the two days encouraged us to pursue this idea further
ADIS increased the visibility of Shared Action Africa, and I made great connections that we will leverage as we build our organization to use financial tools including financial technologies to expand economic opportunities for women and youth in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
The African Diaspora Investment Symposium in Silicon Valley was a tremendous event
bringing together the African diaspora and friends of Africa to discuss actionable opportunities to contribute to entrepreneurial ecosystems on the continent and support development overall. Congratulations to the African Diaspora Network and fearless leader Almaz Negash on an incredibly rich, engaging, and meaningful convening—one of the top diaspora dialogues we have been involved with!