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.

Oppenheimer Generations Foundation partners with the Alliance at the Vatican to launch Harambeans Global Summit in South Africa

Jonathan Oppenheimer, Chairman of Oppenheimer Partners, announced a partnership with the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance during the fifth biennial Harambeans Rome Forum held at the Vatican in September. Oppenheimer, who was in Rome for the event, said that the partnership would leverage the knowledge within the Alliance to accelerate the growth of African innovators. A key feature of the partnership is the inaugural Harambeans Global Summit being held February 28 to March 1, 2020 in Franschhoek, South Africa.

Harambeans Oct 17, 2019

Africa’s leading innovators and investors share best practices at the Harambeans Vatican Forum and receive special greeting from Pope Francis

The Harambean community gathered at the Vatican in September for its fifth biennial forum to reaffirm its pledge to work together as one to build Africa’s future. The event brought together Harambeans and Guilds, the network of investors, experts and founding partners that make up the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. The three-day gathering included a blessing for Harambeans in the Vatican Gardens and a thanksgiving dinner at the Pope’s summer residence.

Harambeans Oct 10, 2019

Cisco Catalyzes the Harambean Human Network

Yoo and de Wysocki reflect on the missed opportunities engendered by the lack of early-stage investments in Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and Cisco’s attempts to bridget this gap through its partnership with Harambeans, giving early stage entrepreneurs a chance to suceed.

Harambeans Oct 8, 2019

Irene Pritzker enables African innovators to raise over $8 million.

Irene Pritzker, President and CEO of the IDP Foundation, through a partnership with the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance, has helped African innovators secure more than $8 million from investors to scale their start-up ventures.

Harambeans & Sue Beaumont Sep 6, 2019

Pioneering Principles for Innovation and Scale

Jeremy Johnson and his co-founders at Andela understood that talent was equally distributed, and questioned why opportunity was not. He expounds on the principles of entrepreneurship that allow for true innovation and growth highlighting that most paramount to any startup journey is the non-existence of a blueprint.

Matthias Reichwald Jun 24, 2019

Building Africa’s Future: Welcoming the 12th Class of Harambeans

Learn about the 2019 class of Harambeans, who have reaffirmed our pledge “to work together as one to pursue the social, political and economic development of Africa and fulfill the dream of our generation.”

Okendo Lewis Gayle & Jasmine Cabanaw Apr 7, 2019

Bretton Woods: Increasing Trust Among Africa’s Leading Innovators

Learn how trust enables Harambeans and our investors to share risks and work together across geographical borders, time zones, and cultural barriers.

Okendo Lewis Gayle & Jasmine Cabanaw Mar 28, 2019

Declared Values in Action: Servant Leadership, Deliberate Audacity, Enduring Optimism

When each new class of Harambeans signs the Declaration in the Gold Room at Bretton Woods, their signatures are merely part of a dream on a piece of paper. Embracing our values and transforming the words of our Declaration into action is what brings it to life.

Okendo Lewis Gayle & Jasmine Cabanaw Mar 15, 2019

4 Ways Harambeans are Solving Climate Change with African Businesses

Of the regions of the world to be hit hardest by climate change, Africa is the largest. Learn how Harambeans are creating solutions.

Okendo Lewis Gayle & Jasmine Cabanaw Mar 1, 2019

Are African Innovators the Key to Africa’s Success? Harambean Efosa Ojomo H’17 Says ‘Yes’

Based on the analysis in The Prosperity Paradox, foreign aid is an outdated model. Learn why African innovators themselves are the key to Africa’s success.

Okendo Lewis Gayle & Jasmine Cabanaw Feb 22, 2019

Harambeans: Diverse. Competitive. Impactful.

As determined visionaries, Harambeans are excelling in their various fields, scaling ventures that are not only building Africa’s future, but the world’s.

Matthias Reichwald Feb 13, 2019

The Top 10 Questions African Entrepreneurs Should Ask Investors According to Harambeans

African entrepreneurs have been seeing remarkable growth in terms of startup funding, and investment deals. Just last year, funding for African startups quadrupled, while the number of funding deals more than doubled.

Okendo Lewis Gayle & Jasmine Cabanaw Feb 11, 2019

Reviving Africa’s Superheroes through Games and Comics

Learn how Harambean Eyram Akofa Tawia seeks to change the representation of African superheroes with Leti Arts, an African business focused on bringing an authentic Africa to a worldwide audience, through meaningful games and digital comics.

Matthias Reichwald Dec 20, 2018

Connecting African Entrepreneurs in Tech to Global Investors

With investment money pouring into the continent, Harambean Haweya Mohamed realized that an organization would be needed to bridge the gap between foreign investors and African entrepreneurs.

Matthias Reichwald Dec 13, 2018