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

Okendo Lewis Gayle recently partnered with a new member of the 14th class of Harambeans, Ms. Arlene Mulder H’21, who launched BiB Africa - the first African audio library app preserving African stories, to produce the audio version of his first book ‘Harambeans: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things’.
In partnership with Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropies the Alliance launched the Harambean Oppenheimer Fellowship , a 12-month program that supported the founders of Fineazy, LÜLA, Airgiftr and 3DIMO. The Inaugural cohort of Oppenheimer Fellows met and learned from serial entrepreneurs and global experts in the Alliance across the globe to receive support across four key strategic areas – capital, talent, strategic partnerships and leadership in order to accelerate the growth of their early-stage ventures.
Smile 90.4FM interviewed Mr. Okendo Lewis-Gayle, founder of Harambeans and Ms. Arlene Mulder H'21, co-founder of BiB, Africa's first audio library app preserving the continent's heritage through digital storytelling.

PAST 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.
Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alliance pulled through to form on of our most formidable cohorts of African executioners yet. 30 innovators were invited to join the 14th Class of Harambeans having been 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.
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. 
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