Building an African Innovation Ecosystem in NY
Building An African Innovation Ecosystem in NY is an initiative by Impact Hub New York Metropolitan Area and Impact Hub Accra, co-created with African Women in Technology and Baobab Consulting. The event is part of the Impact State of Mind Conference in partnership with Marketplace of the Future.
This UNGA side event will highlight leading Africa-focused innovators from both sides of the Atlantic, with the aim to catalyze collaborations and exchange between Africa-focused entrepreneurs, African diaspora, and others passionate about connecting to African innovation ecosystems.
New York is the most important city for Africans outside of Africa. Leveraging our collective networks and 14 partner Impact Hubs on the continent, we believe we can help advance the sustainable rise of Africa and New York!
This year’s event will feature a vibrant discussion about the opportunities of doing business and creating an impact between New York and African markets, as well as special sessions in remote work, health innovation, women entrepreneurs.
The event is free to attend, with delicious African food options available for sale, as well as drinks. Those who arrive early will be gifted with free headshots via the talented Sam Popp Shoots.
- 3:00pm – Doors open, registration, free head shots
- 4:45pm – Focus on Women Entrepreneurs – with Anie Akpe, Founder of African Women in Tech (AWIT), and Mary Olushoga, Founder of AWP Network
- 5:30pm – Food and networking
- 6:00pm – Welcome
- 6:10pm – Keynote, Advancing NYC – Africa Business Opportunities for Impact with Fredrick Kofi Ameyaw, Head of Information and Public Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations
- 6:25pm – Fireside with Kojo (Terry) Oppong, Creator Manager at LinkedIn
- 6:35pm – The Future of Health Innovation in Africa – with Emily Sheldon, CEO & Co-founder of African Health Innovation Centre, and Sampson Kofi Adotey, Bertha Scholar of Inclusive Innovation at University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business
- 7:00pm – Collaboration and the Future of Remote Work in Africa – with the Baobab Consulting team: Liz Grossman Kitoyi – Co-Founder, Tony Muchai, Branding and Growth Initiatives Manager, Lara Abiona, Strategic Advisor, and Andrea Edman, Knowledge Management Coordinator
- 7:30pm – 9:00pm – Networking, Drinks, and Music
*Schedule of exact sessions may shift slightly