TAN (US) May 2013 Event – Crowd Funding: Africa and Entrepreneurs

Crowd Funding & Other Opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Africa

Program Description

  • Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013; 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • Venue: Fenwick and West LLP, 801 California Street, Mountain View CA 94041
  • RSVP via EventbriteCrowd Funding: Africa and Entrepreneurs
    Crowdfunding has the potential to be the most disruptive technology in the history of investment. Sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo have revolutionized the ways in which early stage ventures are funded and products marketed. While sites such as Angel List and Gust have given investors unprecedented access to investment and deal flow, these opportunities have, in large part, been limited to entrepreneurs and investors in the US and Europe.By providing entrepreneurs access to much needed capital and offering investors access to great investment opportunities, crowdfunding has the capacity to create great social and economic growth in local and regional economies. Entrepreneurs in developing economies stand to benefit most from the rapidly growing crowdfunding industries. In Sub-Saharan Africa some countries and regions are well-positioned to benefit from the proliferation of crowdfunding.The discussion on May 9th will be focused on identifying regions and industries in Sub-Saharan Africa that stand to benefit from the growth of the crowdfunding industry and the ways in which African entrepreneurs may access capital
  • Event Program Outline:5:00 – 5:30 PM: Registration and Networking (Lite Snack and Drinks)
    5:30 – 6:15 PM: Program Presentation – Billy Silva, Higher Circle
    6:15 – 6:45 PM: Q&A + Open Discussions
    6:45 – 7:30 PM: Final Networking

    Please RSVP by April 26, 2013

  • Billy Silva’s Bio: Billy Silva is the founder of Higher Circle. Higher Circle is an innovative crowdfunding platform engaged in funding and supporting small to medium size enterprises in developing economies around the world. Prior to founding Higher Circle, he was the co-founder and managing director of Golden Mean Capital, a US-based venture capital firm focused on funding agricultural ventures in Africa. Billy has earned graduate degrees in International Education from the University of San Francisco and International and Education and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.