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Our Approach

The Greatest Asset of Our Alliance is Our People

In the ongoing evolution of Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, the practical experience of our entrepreneurs, investors, and partners is Harambe’s greatest asset. Hence it is the spirit of Harambee — Swahili for working together towards a common purpose — that informs our approach to drive the success of Harambeans.
By recycling the knowledge, connections, and capital within our Alliance, we can build Africa’s future.
Culture
Programs
Harambe Seed Fund

Culture

As Harambeans,
We Share a Common Set of Values.

Our culture is what binds our entrepreneurs, investors, and partners together – a meritocratic collaboration built on trust and driven by a shared desire to scale our impact. Our culture permeates every aspect of our work and is reaffirmed each year with the ceremonial signing of the Harambe Declaration:

“We publish and declare our intention to work together as one to unleash the potential of our people… We refuse to lose our knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads…We will check our road and the nature of our battle. Yet in the end, the Africa our generation desires can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible. It is ours.”

Programs

As Harambeans,
We are Establishing an Ecosystem of Opportunities.

In partnership with a select coterie of investors, universities, family offices, and corporations, Harambe tailors programs that leverage the best practices and insights within our Alliance to address the needs of African entrepreneurs.

This is more than training and more practical than education; it’s an immersive, values-driven methodology which inspires Harambeans to fulfil their destinies.

Programs include:

  • Prizes
  • Travel Grants
  • Angel Investment Matching
  • Seed Funding Co-Investment
  • Harambe Bretton Woods Symposium

Harambe Seed Fund

As Harambeans,
We are Investing in Africa’s Future.

Over the course of our first decade, Harambeans spawned a series of tech-enabled ventures across Africa which have collectively attracted over $300 million from investors such as Google Ventures, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and and Alibaba. To build on this success, Cisco established the Harambe Seed Fund (HSF) – a rule-based, co-investment vehicle which enables Harambe to invest in high performing teams and direct global investors to the next generation of high growth African entrepreneurs. HSF’s expects to make its first capital deployment in Q3 2019.

To access the Harambe Seed Fund entrepreneurs must meet following criteria:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the principles and values of the Harambe Declaration.
  • Be a Harambean or be nominated to Harambe by candidate’s angels or institutional investors.
  • Have secured investment from a Harambean, Harambe Angel, or Harambe Co-investment Partner.

+2000

Jobs created

$300M

Capital raised

+$1Bn

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