ADM Selected as P3 Impact Award Finalist!
Concordia, the U.S. Department of State Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, and the Institute for Business in Society at UVA’s Darden School of Business have announced the African Diaspora Marketplace as a finalist for the P3 Impact Award! The purpose of the P3 Impact Award is to recognize public-private partnerships (P3s) that are improving communities around the world in an impactful way. The winner will be announced on September 29th at this year’s Concordia Summit in New York City. Read more about the P3 Impact Award and ADM on Concordia's website here.
AWEP Showcase and Reception - August 6th
On August 6, the African Women's Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) hosted a Business-to-Business (B2B) Showcase and Cocktail Reception. The B2B Showcase and Cocktail Reception provided an opportunity for US firms to interact with approximately 40 African women business-owners in the fashion, cosmetics, processed foods, home décor, and textiles sectors. The entrepreneurs are experienced business owners who are ready to engage with US-based firms by exporting internationally to the US or within Africa to access regional supply chains. For more information, click here.
African Diaspora Investment Symposium - August 4th
The first US-African Diaspora Investment Symposium will be held on 4th August 2014 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC. Open to the general public, the morning session will include members of the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations, and members of the African Diaspora discussing how to leverage the potential of the African Diaspora in facilitating economic growth in Africa. The afternoon session, only available to accredited investors, will share investment opportunities to U.S. based Africans in the Diaspora. For more information, please click here
Harnessing Diaspora and Local Linkages for Economic Growth - Nigerian Diaspora ICT Conference - June 25-27
The ICT industry is in a state of constant evolution. Leaders in the information technology industry develop innovative products and adaptive services. June 25-27 2014 in Detroit, Michigan, the African Trade Business Center will be hosting a Nigerian Diaspora ICT Conference. For more information, please click here
ADM Success Story: Comprehensive Design Services
The start of 2014 has brought great successes for ADM II awardee, Comprehensive Design Services (CDS). This Nigerian based company provides responsive and responsible design, engineering, and project management services for sustainable housing projects. The company’s most important project, the Passive House Prototype (PHP), offers a vehicle for widespread use of renewable energy and provision of affordable housing, while enhancing the beauty and livability of the Nigerian built home. For more information, please click here.
Press Release: ADM Awardee, Sardis Enterprises, Begins Exporting to Whole Foods
ADM II Awardee, Sardis Enterprises International, has successfully begun exporting pineapples from the central coastal region of Ghana to Whole Foods stores in the U.S. Sardis received initial orders for its flagship product, the Ashanti Pineapple, from select Whole Foods stores in the Southeast region of the U.S. and delivered the shipment in January 2014. Sardis hopes to eventually expand its distribution chain to Whole Foods stores across the U.S. SEI’s farmers’ cooperatives use natural fertilizing methods and chemicals and the company ultimately hopes to create a strong brand for Ashanti produce to help support local farmers. For more information on Sardis’ partnership with Whole Foods Market, click here to view the full press release or here to read the USAID blog post about this partnership.
ADM Awardee featured as Guest Panelist at JICA Symposium
On February 3, 2014, Chinwe Ohajukruka, and ADM II awardee, participated in a symposium sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the City of Yokohama to discuss strategies to empower and promote connections between businesswomen in Africa and Japan. The event, “Growing Together with the Rising Women of Africa,” was held at the Yokohama Symposium in Naka-ku, Yokohama. For more information on the event, click here.
SME Live Banking Forum
The second annual SME Live Banking Forum was held in Lagos, Nigeria on November 4-5, 2013. The event was organized in conjunction with the Bank of Industry, and ADM-sponsors Western Union and USAID.
The event featured 14 banks and 107 attendees, compared to nine banks and 72 attendees from the 2012 event. Both ADM I and ADM II Awardees were invited to the 2nd Annual SME Live Banking Forum, in addition to more than 120 SMEs.
The two-day forum provided companies with the opportunity to pitch their businesses directly to multiple banking institutions in an effort to raise debt financing for their companies. Through this one-of-a-kind event, SMEs operating in Nigeria and across Sub-Saharan Africa had direct access to financial institutions and support providers.
Congratulations to the LDM Awardees!
Congratulations to the three businesses selected as Awardees at the Libya Diaspora Marketplace. Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, judges and partners for making the LDM such a success. You can find profiles of each of the Awardee companies here.
LDM 2013 Winners
Information Communication Technologies (ICT)
Congratulations to the ADM II Awardees!
Congratulations to the seventeen businesses selected as Awardees at the African Diaspora Marketplace II. Thank you to all the sponsors, speakers, judges and partners for making the ADM II such a success. You can find profiles of each of the Awardee companies here.