Our Work: What does ADN look like in action?
Based in Silicon Valley, the center of innovation and entrepreneurship, ADN has built a strong community of 400 members and a network of over 5,500 people. Our highly anticipated annual African Diaspora Investment Symposium has attracted over 1,000 attendees who are interested in investing in and partnering with African and Africa-focused business leaders and entrepreneurs. In addition, we hold a year-round speaker series, the Impact and Innovation Forums, social entrepreneurship awards, the Builders of Africa’s Future as well as a variety of mentorship programs for Diasporan entrepreneurs and youth. As an integrated member of the Silicon Valley ecosystem, ADN is reputed as a conduit for local and global African diaspora entrepreneurs, tech professionals, innovators and philanthropists who are interested in working with or being mentored by the world’s most prolific innovators. In 2018, ADN scaled its presence in key national hubs of influence through our Impact & Innovation Series taking place in Los Angeles, New York and Washington D.C.
Our Initiatives: What are our core events and activities?
- Our flagship African Diaspora Investment Symposium (ADIS), held annually in Santa Clara County, California, convenes over 250 entrepreneurially-minded, Africa-focused high-level leaders and professionals from across the world for insightful dialogue around investment and innovation in Africa and partnership and mentorship opportunities. Each year this annual gathering gains new members and participants, hosting over 1000 attendees over the course of the four symposiums. ADIS 2020 will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA January 23-25, 2020.
- The Africa Impact Investment Fund, is our newest and most ambitious endeavor yet. It emerged as a proposed solution to one of the biggest challenges discussed at ADIS2019: providing new entrepreneurs with access to capital to grow and scale the impact of their work in a sustainable fashion. Our goal is to help grassroots organizations and startups in Africa and in the diaspora to gain access to funding. This is in an EXPLORATORY STAGE.
- Our Innovation and Impact Forums are part of a year-round speaker series across Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles, with thought-provoking conversations around strategic and consistent diaspora engagement in Africa’s future and empowering youth in their entrepreneurship and leadership journeys.
- Our highly selective Builders of Africa’s Future mentorship program recognizes 10-15 outstanding emerging young executives who have demonstrated excellence in leading startups and NGOs that contribute to Africa’s development. The Builders are awarded the Impact and Innovation Award at their award ceremony held in Silicon Valley. They also attend ADIS and receive an onstage opportunity to share their stories.