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U.S.-Nigeria Accelerator/Startup Connector

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April 13, 2022
11:00 am Eastern


California and Silicon Valley are globally renowned for storied, best-in-class technology development. As a Nigeria-based startup, how can you access this unique ecosystem to harness the talent, advice, peer networks and capital to scale your company in the U.S. and beyond? On April 13, the U.S.-Nigeria Accelerator/Startup Connector brought together Silicon Valley-based accelerators and VCs who shared how they are working with global tech firms in the U.S. and abroad. This program was hosted by the Silicon Valley-based African Diaspora Network, whose mission is to harness and engage the intellectual, financial, philanthropic and entrepreneurial capacity of Africans and friends of Africa in support of economic and social development across Africa.


Moderator: Douglas Wallace, Director, U.S. Commercial Service, San Francisco

Opening Remarks:
Almaz Negash – Founder & Executive Director, Africa Diaspora Network
Fred Stewart – Director, Office of Africa, U.S. Department of Commerce (Washington, DC)

Introduction to Accelerators (ICT focus):
Vijay Rajendran – Head of Portfolio Value, 500 Global
Khadija Ghazi – Head of Business Development and Partnerships, Draper University
Omosalewa Adeyemi, Senior Vice President, Market Penetration, Flutterwave

Introduction to accelerators (Foodtech/Agtech focus):
Jeff Macon – Venture Development Manager, Water, Energy, Technology (WET) Center,
California State University, Fresno
Danny O’Brien- Managing Director EMEA, SVG Partners/THRIVE-
Femi Aiki- co-founder and CEO, FoodLocker

Introduction to Prosper Africa: Iman Kennerly – Senior Advisor, Prosper Africa, USAID

SelectUSA: Stephanie Rothman, Investment Consultant