Monday, September 28, 2009

Agri-Vie - Africa Agribusiness investment fund

From Site:

Agri-Vie is a private equity investment fund focused on agribusiness in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The fund’s mission is to generate an above average investment return, as well as demonstrable socio-economic development impacts through equity investments in agribusinesses.

The fund’s vision is to be a catalyst for sustainable growth through investing in one of the foundation sectors of Africa’s economies. The fund seeks to realise this vision through deploying development capital and management know-how according to sound investment and business principles.

Oliberte - African shoe startup

Oliberté is the first footwear company to make urban shoes exclusively in Africa - based on Fairtrade principles.

Headquarted in Canada, Oliberte has launched the first international footwear company to work exclusively in Africa. Designs for men and women shoes are urban-casual inspired and sold online ( and in select stores this Fall in Canada and the United States. Initial styles include ROVIA (Men) and ELIKA (Women) and have colourful pop with Oliberte`s signatures including thin crepe rubber soles and circles throughout designs.

Canoe Magazine - African lifestyle magazine

From Site:
CANOE is inspired to celebrate Africa’s evolving culture and lifestyle. It is a creative initiative by 7 entrepreneurs endeavoured to correct the image of Africa, predict growing trends and portray positively, the continent and its people. The result is a conservative, sexy template, heralding the rebirth of Afro-cool. CANOE seeks to guide ‘Black Diamonds and Pearls’ [your Afro-bourgeois]: Principally, in luxury trends and laudable knowledge through exposure - the power with which they can augment their lives and secure an exceptional lifestyle with a sense of pride and knowledge of self. CANOE is not hesitant to show success through extravagance as a merit of prosperity; but to create a lust, a passion for the rewarding things in life. Sail with us to see the new Africa.

Monday, September 21, 2009

2009 US - Africa Business Summit - Washington, DC, Sept 29 - Oct 1

Conference website

The African continent continues to show potential as a leading foreign direct investment destination for American businesses, despite the economic downturn nations around the globe are currently experiencing. According to the IMF, Africa is still expected to maintain a positive growth rate of 3.4% for 2009, an impressive achievement for the continent. The continent is seeing increasingly higher levels of investment in industries such as infrastructure, financing, tourism, agribusiness, health, and energy.

What an important time for your business to explore investments in some of the world's key emerging markets. Partnerships between U.S. and African businesses will be formed, during The Corporate Council on Africa’s (CCA) 2009 U.S.-Africa Business Summit. Businesses of all sizes, representing various industries will be in attendance, eager to find new opportunities to grow and positively impact their bottom line.

Join CCA and more than 1,500 of the private and public sector's top leaders to find out about business and investment opportunities in Africa, the very place where some of today's major business deals are taking place.

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - Thursday, October 1, 2009
The Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Vittana - P2P student micro lending

From their site:

We partner with microfinance institutions (MFIs) throughout the developing world to support and catalyze new student lending programs. By connecting you to students, we enable our MFI partners to raise the right kind of capital to work with more and more students. Each student that appears on our website is a real student and not marketing material.

We believe that the biggest waste in the world is not oil or food or, really, any other material thing — but, rather, human potential.

CollaborAid - knowledge sharing of aid resources

From their site:
We aspire to increase the efficiency and sustainability of aid projects by making it easy for the diverse actors in the development community to connect, collaborate, and share information.

The impact of development aid falls far short of its potential. Inefficient practices are systemic due to a disconnect between development organizations, obstacles to sustained learning, limited insight into localized needs, and a failure to promote capacity building amongst indigenous stakeholders.

Aventura investment partners

Aventura invests in early-stage investments in rural Africa. Specifically, the Fund addresses the challenges facing rural agricultural communities in Africa in a new, innovative way and is dedicated to investing in and promoting African entrepreneurs and managers.

Tebazile - African Jewelry house

About Tebazile
Tebazile is an African jewelry house, their style stems from a combination of color and textures of traditional West African and European motifs...says owner/designer, Elizabeth Dankaro

Storm 360 - West Africa entertainment company

About Storm 360
Storm 360 is a leading entertainment company in West Africa. Firmly at the forefront of the booming entertainment sector in this region, Storm 360 operates within a multi-platform, multi-purpose media space which makes them uniquely able to deliver genuine 360 degree content solutions to their clients.
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