PRESS RELEASE — Kamran and David to keynote 6th AfA
Global investor Kamran Elahian and local investor Daniel David will keynote the 6th Angel Fair Africa in Maputo, Mozambique from the 29th to 30th November 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
The event which has been held in Johannesburg (SA) 2013, Lagos (Nigeria) 2014, Accra (Ghana) 2015, Nairobi (Kenya) 2016 and Abidjan (Cote D’Ivoire) 2017 resulting in about $23M worth of deals, will this year bring investors and entrepreneurs from within and outside Africa to the Portuguese-speaking city of Maputo to do deals, network and share experiences.
Kamran Elahian is Founder and Chairman, Global Innovation Catalyst, LLC. As an Innovation Catalyst, Kamran advises various governments on the needed transition from fossil-based economies to sustainable innovation economies. In the past, as a global high-tech entrepreneur, he co-founded ten companies, had 6 exits, 3 of them were Unicorn IPOs with a total market cap of over $8B. For 15 yrs., he was Chairman of Global Catalyst Partners, a global VC firm ($350M under management) with investments in the U.S., Japan, China, India, Israel and Singapore.
Underlying his vision for global philanthropy is the conviction that modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can be instrumental in dissolving barriers between nations and bridging the social and political differences among people. This vision was reflected in Schools-Online, a nonprofit he co-founded in 1996 to connect the world, one school at a time (6400 schools in 36 countries were provided with computers and access to the Internet) and merged with Relief International in 2003; Global Catalyst Foundation, co-founded in 2000 to improve lives through effective education and empowerment of the youth (with special emphasis on young women) using the leverage of ICT, and UN-GAID, a United Nations global forum that promotes ICT in developing countries where he served as Co-Chairman (2009–2011). “Am excited to be keynoting the upcoming Angel Fair Africa because I believe in the potential of Africa to unleash some of the most amazing technology companies of the 21st century” said Mr. Elahian.
Daniel David is chairman of DHD Holdings an investment holding company with investments in media, information technology and real estate. He is also chairman of SOICO Group the largest private media group in Mozambique. Daniel also founded the Mozambican Economic and Social Forum (MOZEFO) inaugurating a space of intersectoral and inter-generational dialogue and the MOZEFO Young Leaders community. Mr. David indicated that “he is excited that Angel Fair Africa is finally making it to Mozambique and honored to keynote the event and share his experience of building and investing in local ventures”.
Investors for the event will include members of Angel Africa List, AMBA — Mozambican Business Angels Association, Jozi Angels, ABPA — Associação Portuguesa de Business Angels, Tanzania Angel Investor Network, TVCN — Tanzania Venture Capital Network, New Generation Angels, African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and Angel Capital Association.
Angels Fair Africa is presented by Chanzo Capital, a growth capital firm investing in high-tech startups and scaleups in Africa, in partnership with AMBA — Mozambican Business Angels Association, a newly created association to financially support local initiatives, and ideiaLab, a Mozambican company founded in 2010 to inspire entrepreneurs, support the development of startups, accelerate the growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, and promote entrepreneurship and innovation in the country and continent.
ideiaLab has supported the selection of the entrepreneurs that will participate in this year’s event, in collaboration with Startupbootcamp, Acelera Angola, Sahara Ventures, mHub, SW7, MIT IDE, Seed Stars Africa and MEST. The entrepreneurs will pitch during the event in the mornings, and will circulate in the afternoons to explore investment, business development and other types of deals. The event will also include investors’, entrepreneurs’ and “exits” panel discussions to share light on experiences and trends.
About Angel Fair Africa
Angel Fair Africa is an event that brings together accelerators, incubators and emerging businesses from across the African continent and investors to do deals. More @ www.angelfairafrica.com; contact — firstname.lastname@example.org