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African Diaspora Entrepreneurship Summit

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Cultural Arts Center - Montgomery College, Takoma Park

7995 Georgia Avenue

Silver Spring, MD 20910

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Flyer for AfDES

In 2015, the African Affairs Advisory Group of Montgomery County was selected to host the third African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM III). Launched in 2009 by USAID and Western Union, ADM III was an initiative that promoted sustainable economic growth and job creation in Africa by supporting African diaspora entrepreneurs. The event was a success and saw 35 innovative finalists from a pool of 400 applicants from across the US advance to the finale.

It is from this event that the African Diaspora Entrepreneurship Summit was born. The overwhelmingly positive response to ADM III from area entrepreneurs revealed a need for platform for local African born entrepreneurs and AfDES intends to do just that. Fifteen percent of the 1.4 million foreign born residents of the Metro Washington Statistical area (Washington MSA) are African. Ethiopians make up the largest proportion of continental African with Ghanaians, Nigerians, Cameroonians, Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and South Africans also represented. There are over 1200 Ethiopian-owned businesses in the region alone and when combined with other African born entrepreneurs a formidable force emerges.

Check out last year's AfDES, then register for this year's exciting and informative session

Co-Produced By: Immigrant Community Services, Help Africa, Mansa Colabs, I/O Spaces

Other Partners Include: African Affairs Advisory Group (AAAG) of Montgomery County, Maryland.

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