Africa Network Initiative vision is to improve the quality of life of people, reduce poverty, mitigate conflicts , contribute to the sustainable development of Africa and economically empower all people of African descent and friends of Africa all over the world.
OUR STRATEGY: to fulfill this mission Africa Network Initiative .Inc will strive to make a lasting change by inspiring and promoting youth innovation, build skill capacity, foster entrepreneurship and enhance trade and investment between the US and Africa.
AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE will contribute to the economic growth of Africa and the economic empowerment of all Africans and friends of Africa around the world by connecting investors, mentors and entrepreneurs to enhance trade, investment and entrepreneurship,by linking and strengthening business partnership between US and African entrepreneurs.
AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE will contribute to the creation of safe economic environment and the social well being of African population by helping to mitigate violence ,educating and supporting youth and women entrepreneurship for the creation of jobs and income generating activities. It is a fact that so many African youths are trapped in violence, and are easy target for recruitment in armed groups because of lack of jobs. It is also a fact that so many children lack proper education or health care because their parents do not have enough income to support them. Boosting entrepreneurship opportunities, funding income generating activities and creating jobs will definitely help mitigate the violence and reduce poverty
At Africa Network Initiative Inc , we believe that business can be a catalyst for social change and social justice.
WHAT WE DO
1. WE CONNECT ENTREPRENEURS
Africa Network Initiative .Inc connect entrepreneurs, investors and mentors through the following programs.
ANNUAL US-AFRICA BUSINESS NETWORKING AND EXPO
Each year, Africa Network Initiative, Inc will host three Business networking events across the US to connect US and African entrepreneurs, investors and mentors to learn about new investment opportunities and forge or strengthen strategic business partnerships capable to lead to jobs creation and wealth growth. This program serves
two purposes: Education/information and connections/networking
TRADE AND INVESTMENT MISSIONS.
Africa Network Initiative. Inc will organize trade and investment mission in several African countries to provide opportunities to US company to explore new markets and meet new partners or customers and grow their business with the potential to lead to the creation of jobs both in the US and in Africa. The First trade and investment mission will be organized in May 2020 and will take delegates to two cities in DR Congo
2. WE INSPIRE
Africa Network Initiative Inc inspire youth and all professional in the Diaspora for leadership, innovation, community services and philanthropy through the following programs.
AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE YOUTH INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT
To be held in Washington DC once a year, this program will bring together African youth in the diaspora to pitch their innovative idea and vision for Africa. Youth with innovative idea will be matched with a mentor for
business or entrepreneurship skills building. Upon completion of the mentorship period, this youth will receive the capital from the Africa Network Initiative Capital Angel Group.
GIVE BACK TO AFRICA.
Africa Network Initiative will organize volunteering mission where by African professional in the diaspora will provide free services in Africa in Education, Health and Emergency Relief. The education and health program can be done using internet, meaning through tel-education or tel-medicine for countries where is it technologically feasible.
3. WE EMPOWER.
Africa Network Initiative ,Inc economically empower youth, women , families and communities through the following programs:
YOUTH INNOVATION CENTERS – In Africa –
Africa Network Initiative, Inc intends to create and support innovation centers in some region of Africa where youth with good idea will come and receive training from qualified mentors. After the successful completion of the training and upon recommendation of the mentors, youths with outstanding idea will receive funds in order to jump-start their business. Participants in this program will also receive training in conflict resolution, problem-solving skills, dialogue and critical thinking. This program serves two purpose. Education and Capital allocation. (Incubator and accelerator).
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP CENTERS.
Africa Network Initiative Inc will create and support women entrepreneurship in providing skill-building and capital for disrupting and outstanding ideas. Women participating in this program will receive training from qualified mentors. After the successful completion of the training and upon recommendation of the mentors, the outstanding idea will receive funds in order to jump-start the project. This program serves two purpose. Education and Capital allocation.
FinED stands for financial Education. Because many people in Africa do not have access to financial services, the lack of any financial education leads to the mismanagement of the even little income to their disposal. As a result, many people remain trapped in the poverty circle. Africa Network Initiative “FINED PROGRAM “will help enhance financial literacy, personal financial decision-making capabilities of people and eventually contribute to the development of a stable financial system. The end goal is to enhance the outcome of financial inclusion and other poverty reduction factors.
4. WE PROVIDE CAPITAL
Africa Network Initiative. Inc provide funding for promising start ups through the following program:
AFRICA NETWORK INITIATIVE ANGEL GROUP.
This initiative brings together US entrepreneurs, mentors and investors in a strong network aiming to provide skills 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. 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 investors 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.
LEADERSHIP AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President and Founder.
M. Jacques Mushagasha.President and Founder.
M.A Conflict Transformation. Center For Justice and Peacebuilding. Eastern Mennonite University ( Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA )
Jacques Mushagasha Is a peace-builder probationer who believes that inspiring and economically empowering youth and disenfranchised communities by promoting entrepreneurship and creating jobs is critical for social change, poverty reduction and conflicts transformation.
Former U.S Navy and retired U.S Government Employee.