GOLD ROOM BRIEFINGS

Each year African innovators sign the Harambe Declaration in the historic Gold Room of the Mount Washington Hotel, thereby pledging “to work together as one to pursue the social, political and economic development of our continent ”. In this spirit, Gold Room Briefings chronicles the progress of our collective endeavor to build Africa’s future.
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FEATURED BRIEFINGS

Channel Africa helped us welcome the 14th class of Harambeans with an interview of Mr. Giancarlo Beukes H'21, co-founder of Impulse Biomedical. Mr. Beukes is one of 30 new Harambeans selected from a pool of over 4900 applicants who have collectively raised over $130 million to scale their ventures across Africa.
2020 was an unexpected voyage into a world of unequivocal uncertainty, from political unrest across the globe to the prodigious undertaking of developing a vaccine for a pandemic that was and still is disrupting lives and livelihoods. Conventional wisdom suggested that the Alliance should postpone its annual application cycle in search of the 14th class of Harambeans. As an Alliance with a paucity of fear and an affinity for resilience, it is not surprising that our decision to push through with the application process for the 14th class of Harambeans led to the assembly of one of our most formidable cohort of African executioners yet. The 30 innovators invited to join the Alliance were selected from over 4900 applicants, a 30% increase in our applicant pool. Representing 8 African countries, 23 universities and 8 accelerators, the incoming class of Harambeans have collectively raised over $130 million in venture capital.
Two GAP and three Oppenheimer Fellows joined a Knowledge Transfer Session with Jeff Hoffman, the Chairman of the Global Entrepreneur Network. Jeff is a successful entrepreneur in his own right with a number of well-known successful start-ups, including Priceline.com/Booking.com and uBid.com.

PAST BRIEFINGS

In today’s episode, we feature Melvyn Lubega H'16, University of Oxford, co-founder of Go1.com. Go1 is an online learning platform built on a subscription-based model that makes corporate training content available to businesses of all sizes.
As COVID-19 metastasizes into an economic and financial crisis, entrepreneurs throughout Africa’s nascent start-up landscape are increasingly facing an unprecedented threat, one that stands to eliminate 80% of non-VC backed ventures on the continent. To enable entrepreneurs to adapt and thrive, the Harambeans Prosperity Initiative is equipping African innovators in the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance with expertise and capital.
The global Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown has resulted in unprecedented economic turmoil and devastation affecting businesses, lives and livelihoods in nearly every country on earth. It has, however, importantly illustrated the power of the human spirit and the reserves of resilience and grit of so many to persevere and survive. The Harambean network of African entrepreneurs has more than ever used the power of its network to adapt and thrive during this crisis. 
Silicon Valley is synonymous with technology and innovation and is home to many of the world's largest tech companies. It was therefore fitting for Harambeans in the Knowledge Transfer Initiative (KTI) and the Global Access Program (GAP) to spend a weekend there meeting with Silicon Valley icons to learn from the best in order to take their ventures to the next level.
In today’s episode, we feature venture capitalist, Pardon Makumbe, the co-founder of CRE Venture Capital. CRE partners with visionary entrepreneurs who are building category-defining tech companies in Africa. They leverage their capital, relationships and experience to position the teams they work with for outsized success.
On September 14, 2019, Harambeans Founder, Okendo Lewis-Gayle, revealed at the Vatican that MAX and Releaf Group were the two inaugural co-investments of the Harambeans Prosperity Fund. Alongside YCombinator, Yamaha and Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Harambeans Prosperity Fund invested $100,000 into each Harambean-led startup. Seeded by Cisco, with a multimillion dollar gift, the Harambeans Prosperity Fund is a rules-based co-investment vehicle, which aims to accelerate the growth of Harambean-led ventures, build a coalition of like-minded investors and secure the long-term financial viability of the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. 
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