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Diaspora Demo Startup Showcase Expands into Interactive Summit

US Chamber of Commerce, The World Bank, South African Airways, NewWave Telecom & Technologies, AppsTech, Afrinection and Host of Business Development Sponsors Rally in Support of Diaspora Innovators

Washington, DC November 3, 2016 – tiphub Africa, the investment manager for startups in Africa and the African Diaspora is delighted to announce the expansion of its Diaspora Demo Startup Showcase into a multi-day Interactive Summit. As the largest gathering of African and African-American led startups and social enterprises outside of the continent of Africa, Diaspora Demo aims to spotlighting the next wave of emerging innovators.

Hosted in affiliation with the US Chamber of Commerce, The World Bank, South African Airways, AppsTech, Afrinection and NewWave Telecom & Technologies Demo Day 2.0 will highlight 12 dynamic businesses from 8 different countries ranging across a variety of sectors at the US Chamber of Commerce on November 11th.

Each of the participating startups partook in a 6 week virtual accelerator and on-site residency at I/O Spaces and were provided with an assortment of business development tools, resources and services from event partners including Sendgrid, Amazon Web Services, Morgan Lewis, Wetogethr, the African Technology Foundation and Facebook Start.

“Over the last seven weeks, the Diaspora Demo founders have grown tremendously through their mentorship engagement, consultation and workshop sessions. However the most amazing outcome has been the rapport and collaboration they’ve built among each other,” says tiphub co-founder Chika Umeadi. “They’ve been separated by thousands of miles but have rallied around their shared challenges and unified goal; to build impactful and game changing companies. This group truly epitomizes the hustle, grit and determination necessary to build companies that will change the world.”

The startup showcase is scheduled to include a live stream session from HopStop.com and GigaMeet Founder Chinedu Echeruo, a keynote from NewWave President & CEO Patrick Munis and a panel moderated by Anie Akpe, CEO of IBOM LLC featuring Microsoft’s Melinda Moyo, Daily Spark Media Founder Muoyo Okome and Mitu Yilma and Tia Ayele of Addis Ideas.

“As an innovative and people-focused organization, NewWave is honored to be a part of Diaspora Demo Day 2016,” says NewWave Telecom & Technologies Chief Social Responsibility Officer Sherifa Munis. “We proudly support and recognize the importance of encouraging the entrepreneur spirit through our partnership. We look forward to the opportunity to empower each startup at this special event.”

Diaspora Demo Day will be preceded by a series of business development workshops on November 10th at the World Bank facilitated by key partners including Village Capital, Capria VC, Digital Growth Africa Middle East (DiGAME), Accion Venture Labs and the US Department of State /International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA). The summit will close with a Founders Forum on November 12th at Impact Hub DC where attendees will have the opportunity to meet the founders featured at this years Diaspora Dem

Expert panelists chinesom ejiasa director of private equity of Opic(L) and Samer Altaher program manager of Mena Vital Voice

o Day and to give their thoughts on how to best bridge the African and African American entrepreneurial ecosystem.

As the flagship event for the entrepreneurial advancement organization, the Diaspora Demo Summit strives to not only be a catalyst for capital and deal flow but inspire and educate innovators from the district to the Diaspora. Tiphub is committed to pursuing strategic initiatives that empower entrepreneurs, support impact and frontier investors and stimulate economic, civic and social growth for Diaspora communities.

For tickets to the Diaspora Demo Summit visit DiasporaDemo.com

To learn more about tiphub go to  tiphub.org.


Innov8tiv is a dynamic Web source for technology news, resources and innovation, with a special focus on the entrepreneurial advances of Africans on the continent as well as in the Diaspora. This site seeks to not only inform consumers and companies about the latest in tech trends and ideologies, but to shed light on a phenomenon often ignored: the inventive, life-changing and creative engine that exists in Africa and among leaders of color around the world, including the UK, the Caribbean, Australia, and Asia. Send story ideas to info@innov8tiv.com

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