THE 2019 U.S.- AFRICA BUSINESS NETWORKING AND EXPO
In partnership with of the CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ADVANCEMENT (CIBA ) @ VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY ( V CU), AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE Organize the 2019 U.S.- AFRICA BUSINESS NETWORKING AND EXPO
This forum will bring together more than 200 U.S. and African entrepreneurs, private sectors executives, academics, international investors, government officials
The 2019 U.S.- AFRICA BUSINESS AND EXPO will
- Serve as a platform for businesses to hear from U.S and African industry experts on business opportunities in sectors including education, agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, mining and finance; explore new business and investment opportunities.
- Meet and network with potential business partners.
The 2019 US-Africa Business Forum & Expo will bring together African and American entrepreneurs, executives, investors, decision makers and other stakeholders as to learn about investment opportunities in both Africa and the United States,
match their interests, and build mutually beneficial relationships. In doing so, the forum shall help strengthen multi-faceted partnerships between the two sides of the Atlantic.
Slated to take place in Richmond, Virginia, while the Commonwealth of Virginia is celebrating the 4th centennial (400 years) of legislative assembly, this 3-day forum will start on 2nd October and end on 4th October 2019. While the first two days of the forum will focus on business and investment opportunities, the third day will be dedicated to guided tours of companies, political institutions and museums in the Richmond area as well as visits to Virginia’s finest wineries.
The US-Africa Business Forum’s goal is three-fold:
To bring together entrepreneurs, investors, diplomats, civic leaders, decisions-makers, development experts, academics, community activists artists, from Africa and the United States to reflect on the best ways to develop stronger business partnerships between US and African companies, promote investment opportunities in Africa, and expand commercial ties between the two sides of the Atlantic.
To showcase the critical role played by business leadership and innovation in transforming Africa’s untapped potentials into profitable ventures that create jobs, help lift more people out of poverty and contribute to moving the continent’s national economies toward achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
To provide a space for attendees to network with each other both socially and professionally, and develop business opportunities in the future.
The panels will be made of entrepreneurs, top business executives, academics, diplomats and government officials
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Senator Mamie E .Lock
Virginia Second District
Prof VAN. WOOD .PhD
Center for International Business Advancement Virginia Commonwealth University. School of Business
Mr. John HANSEN
USAID Power- Africa Coordinator &Prosper Africa Initiative. A multi-Agency initiative of the U.S. Government
Rev. Jonathan L WEAVER
President and Founder of Pan-Africa Collective Executive Minister at Mt NEBO AME Church ( Bowie Maryland USA )
Prof Tina Abrefa-Gyan
Ethelyn R.Strong School of Social Work Norfolk Sate University ( Norfolk Virginia .USA)
Ms. Lindsey BERTOZZI
Assistant Vice President for International Trade Virginia Economic Development Partnership ( Richmond Virginia .USA)
Ms. Vernisse LOVE
Director of SWaM ( Small Women-Own Minority-Owned Business. ( Certification) Virginia Small Business Administration. ( Richmond Virginia.USA)
Ms. Tonya JEFFERSON
Tonya n. Jeffrson Transnational Imports and Exports
Mr. Joshua Kaplan
Senior International Trade Specialist U.S Commercial Services ( Richmond Virginia. USA )
Mr. NZOGU Kulya.
Business Consultant & Analyst Managing Director, NICOGER Group LLC (Fairfax, Virginia, USA)
Senior International Trade Specialist.PhD Student .Virginia Commonwealth University. Virginia USA )
PhD Candidate; Economist/Health Policy Analyst; 2019 APPAM Equity and Inclusion Fellow. Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Chief Executive Officer of Millman Systems, LLC.
SUCCESSFUL STORIES ABOUT THE 2019 US-AFRICA BUSINESS NETWORKING AND EXPO
The 2019 US-Africa Business Networking and Expo forum held on October 2nd and 3th 2019 in Richmond Virginia has had three important outcomes
Business Partnerships exploration in Ghana and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Thanks to the connection that were made during the forum, three -business partnerships are currently being explored in Mining, Agribusiness and Aviation business in Ghana and in the DR Congo.
Many participants have expressed their satisfaction for having acquired valuable knowledge about business opportunities in Africa and existing services to grow small businesses in the US. These valuable information about growing small businesses in the US were provided by qualified agents from EXIM Bank, USAID Interagency (prosper Africa), Small Women and Minority Business Owner Certification program and the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Launching of the ” Africa Network Initiative Angel Group “
Africa Network Initiative Angel Group brings together US entrepreneurs, mentors and investors in a strong network aiming to provide knowledge and capital to qualified Africa and US youth entrepreneurs. At Africa Network Initiative we believe that many youths have innovative idea but lack proper mentorship and capital to bring those disrupting ideas to fruition and create jobs for themselves and others.
The capital from the Africa Network Initiative Angel Group will be an investment in all ventures. The return on every investment will be either given back to angels or invested in others youth start up in a cyclical manner. The purpose of this Angel group is to act both as an incubator and accelerator of any outstanding African youth or women start up.
MEET OUR PARTNERS
The center for international business advancement (CIBA) at VCU’s School of Business supports initiatives aimed at advancing the development and growth of international business. Over the years, CIBA has been involved with programs such as the Africa Business and Entrepreneurship Research Society (ABERS). We are excited this year, to partner with BOSS LL C and Africa Network Initiative, Inc. We are optimistic for this forum.
Launching The ” Africa Network Initiative Angel Group”
Africa Network Initiative Angel Group brings together US entrepreneurs, mentors and investors in a strong network aiming to provide knowledge and capital to African and qualified US youth entrepreneurs. At Africa Network Initiative we believe that many youths have innovative idea but lack proper mentorship and capital to bring those disrupting ideas to fruition and create jobs for themselves and others.
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MAY 2020 : TRADE MISSION IN THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO ( Kinshasa & Lubumbashi)
AUGUST 2020. 2020 AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE YOUNG INNOVATION & ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT ( Washington DC)
OCTOBER 2020. 2020 US-AFRICA BUSINESS NETWORKING & EXPO ( Richmond Virginia)
” COMING TOGETHER IS THE BEGINNING, WORKING TOGETHER IS PROGRESS AND WORKING TOGETHER IS SUCCESS ” _ HENRY FORD.