Tayo Akinyemi

Event: Africa Entrepreneurship Platform

Africa Platform logoIf you believe that Africa is indeed open for business, consider attending the launch of the Africa Entrepreneurship Platform at the Harvard Club of New York on Thursday, February 28th. The quarterly forum, supported by the Clinton Global Initiative and administered by the South African Chamber of Commerce (SACCA), aims to connect South African entrepreneurs with U.S. investors in the pursuit of “sustainable job creation and economic development.”

Keynote speakers include:

  • Nancy Barry – President, NBA – Enterprise Solutions to Poverty, Former President, Women’s World Banking 1990-2007
  • Tom Barry – CEO of Zephyr Capital
  • Teresa Clarke Ellis – Managing Director, Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • David J.P. Meachin – Chairman and CEO, Cross Border Enterprises

Carol Pineau, director of the highly-regarded documentary “Africa Open for Business” will preview her new piece “African Investment Horizons.” In addition, five Africa Platform entrepreneurs will make presentations about their businesses.

Acquimine is a South-Africa based mining company that has developed a technology solution that will increase safety and efficiency in industrial mining.

Caranda Fine Foods
offers USDA-certified teas, coffees and cocoas (available at your local Whole Foods market).

Heritage Link Brands is the only US distributor that imports wine exclusively from indigenous producers in Africa.

ID&B Designs is an image design consultancy that focuses on brand building and restoration during times of transition.

J&H Designs
is a South-Africa based web design studio that enables clients to manage their content via “Ice Cream”, J&H’s web-based product.

If that weren?t enough, the event will introduce the MBA Alliance, a partnership among the Africa Clubs of several leading business schools across the country.

This is an event not to be missed, but space is limited so sign up on SACCA’s website.