The African Network (TAN) GATHERS RENOWNED ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS LEADERS FOR ITS FIRST TWO-DAY CONFERENCE IN THE USA BETWEEN MAY 18-19, 2012 IN SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA
(SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA.) — Silicon Valley is anticipating for the 6th Annual conference hosted by The African Network (TAN) that promotes technology and entrepreneurship among Africans and American entrepreneurs doing business in Africa and the USA. The conference will be held Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Hilton Hotel, San Jose, California.
TANCon 2012 will showcase leading African and US investment experts, entrepreneurs and policymakers such as biotech entrepreneur Daniel Laser, CEO of Wave 80 Biosciences; Teresa Clarke, former MD of Goldman Sachs and now Chairman and Founder of Africa.com; Bridgette Sexton, Manager of the Google Global Entrepreneurship group and Teresa Cox of the USA Department of Trade and Commerce. There will be several panel discussions, including an “Investment Policy in Africa” panel, where information, expertise, experiences and international opportunities will be shared with attendees.
According to TAN President and CEO, Dr. Paschal Iwuh, “the main difference between the 2012 conference and previous years will be the addition of Entrepreneurship Workshops. These workshops, which are described on the conference website (www.tanconf.org), will aim to provide tangible benefits to conference attendees, particularly start-up and existing entrepreneurs”. The TAN Entrepreneurship Conference workshops will include a session on evaluation of 1-page business plans towards attracting funding, as well as a session on professional mentorship for start-up and existing entrepreneurs. TANCon 2012 has confirmed notable venture capitalists, angel investors and social entrepreneurs (incubators) who will be judges as well as mentors at these workshops. Michael Wray of the Santa Clara University GSBI Program, Ken Brown of Lionchase Venture Capital firm, Naeem Zafar of the HAAS School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and Tara Lynn-Gray of Yadari Enterprises will all be participants at these workshops.
The workshops and discussion panels are aimed at providing more value to attendees of TANCon 2012.
About The African Network (TAN)
Founded in 2004, The African Network (TAN)is one of the fastest growing nonprofit organizations in the USA dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship among people of African descent everywhere and assisting entrepreneurs interested in doing business in Africa. TAN’s goals include building successful business enterprises across a variety of technology-driven industry platforms through education, networking, and mentoring. TAN also provides business professionals with employment opportunities throughout the African continent with a primary mission to create a vital ecosystem for American entrepreneurs to excel and succeed in science and technology investment partnerships in one of the world’s fastest emerging markets: Africa.
The African Network, TAN, is a global non-profit organization with the sole mandate of fostering entrepreneurship and technology among people of African descent. TAN was founded in Silicon Valley, California in 2004 to provide a support structure and network for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and community leaders worldwide. The objective of TAN is to leverage all available resources through networking, education, training, and mentoring to develop entrepreneurship and enable community development among all people of African descent. TAN accomplishes these aspects of fostering entrepreneurship and community development through two of its programs: TAN Conference (TANCon) and TAN Empowerment program (TEP). TANCon is now organized annually on two continents - Africa and the United States of America (USA). Its main purpose is to create an ecosystem where entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, investors, business leaders, community leaders and policy makers network and discuss investments, business opportunities and other issues of relevance to all people of African Descent on a global level. With this purpose of fostering entrepreneurship comes the giving-back to the community aspect of the organization known as the TAN Empowerment Program (TEP). The main aim of the TEP program is to mentor, train, educate and equip future entrepreneurs, especially the youth, with resources needed to take that leap of faith. In addition, TEP tends to focus on low-income, needy, under-served and less privileged communities with a view to mobilizing resources that could be used to uplift them. These resources could come in the form of mentoring, training, coaching and affordable physical resources that can make a difference in their lives.
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