Harambeans are emboldening a generation of African innovators and developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem to transform ideas into scalable solutions across Africa. What begun as the “Dream on a Piece of Paper” of a coterie of young Africans gathered on the foothills of Mount Washington, united by the principles of the Harambe Declaration in 2008, has blossomed over the past decade into a Pan-African alliance that is nearly 300 strong. Harambeans are diverse, competitive, and impactful in ways that inspire others and produce meaningful growth. As determined visionaries, Harambeans are excelling in their various fields, scaling ventures that are not only building Africa’s future, but the world’s.
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Diverse: Harambeans share a common set of values that spans cultures and countries. Our culture is what binds our entrepreneurs, investors, and partners together. The proof is in our numbers — with approximately 40 countries represented, dozens of languages spoken, and an almost even split between male and female members, Harambeans come from many backgrounds. Haweya Mohamed realized this diversity of African entrepreneurs early in her career. Hailing from Somalia and with a focus on the unique regions of Francophone Africa, she co-founded Afrobytes as an organization that would bridge the gap between foreign investors and African businesses. As a result, Afrobytes now hosts the most influential tech event in Europe dedicated to the African tech industry. The company is based in Station F, which is the biggest startup campus in the world, and their events are attended by groups such as Alibaba, Google, and Facebook.
Expanding diversity within sectors is a key focus for many Harambeans. For instance, as an African woman entrepreneur, Margaret Nyamumbo founded Kahawa1893 in order to create a more inclusive coffee supply chain, which is now enriching the lives of Kenyan women. Initiatives like these are scaling impact, expanding diversity, and building Africa’s future in a way that is inclusive and sustainable for all.
The magic of Harambe is that despite our differences we share the conviction from our Declaration that, “The Africa our generation desires can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible. It is ours.” This mindset spans across industries, from agriculture to technology to finance and to niche markets even, such as games and comics. Harambean Eyram Akofa Tawia sought to change the representation and diversity 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. Leti Arts’ successful IP, Africa’s Legends, now has more than 50,000 downloads.
Competitive: Harambeans are culled from a competitive pool of applicants from over 240 leading universities around the world. The members of our alliance are graduates from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Oxford, University of Cape Town, Yale, and other universities that are renowned for producing brilliant leaders and inspiring entrepreneurs. Harambeans like Yasmin Kumi, who holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Law from the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel, where she won entrance into the eXebs Fellowship, and spent a semester abroad at Seoul National University. She also has a Masters in African Studies and Business from Oxford, via the prestigious Oxford Pershing Square Scholarship. Her venture, Africa Foresight Group, has accumulated a substantial portfolio of clients since the venture launched in 2015.
Harambean Ugwem Eneyo, who holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University, is another inspiring entrepreneur. After working as an Environmental and Regulatory Advisor at ExxonMobil, she founded Solstice Energy Solutions to tackle Nigeria’s energy problems. The company won numerous awards for its technology, including the Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge and the MIT Clean Energy Prize.
Beyond this, the excellence of Harambeans has been recognized through hundreds of awards, including the prestigious YALI Fellowship, WEF Global Shaper, Mandela Washington Fellowship, Rhodes Scholar, and Nelson Mandela Award for Leadership, to name a few. Many Harambeans are listed in Forbes 30 Under 30, such as Melvyn Lubega, a Rhodes Scholar whose company Go1 was accepted into the Y Combinator 2015 Summer program, triggering the worldwide expansion of the organization with offices opening across the world in The United States, South Africa, Vietnam, The United Kingdom, and Malaysia. The company now offers 1000+ courses on their platform.
Impactful: Recognized by the African Union, the Economist and the Vatican, Harambeans epitomize the can-do spirit of the new generation of African leaders. The collective valuation of Harambean ventures is more than $1 billion and investors include notable global influencers such as Y Combinator, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and CISCO. For instance, each of Iyinoluwa Aboyeji’s ventures attracted the attention of major global investors who committed to investing in African businesses. His venture Andela received direct investment from Mark Zuckerberg and recently secured $100 million in funds from Generation Investment management. The venture is on track with its vision to train 100,000 tech leaders across Africa by 2025. Flutterwave is another successful venture of Aboyeji’s, and is changing how money moves for an entire continent. With $2.5 billion payments processed, 100 million transactions processed, 50 bank partners in Africa, and over 1200 developers building on Flutterwave, the company has attracted major global investment players like Uber and Flywire.
With 3000+ jobs created and over $400 million in capital raised, Harambeans both support local communities and scale their ventures to have a global impact. For instance, backed by UNESCO, Harambean Naadiya Moosajee is on her way to enriching the lives of over one million girls in STEM by 2027 with her venture WomEng. Oftentimes, the ventures of Harambeans are acquired as a result of their success and impact. Alpha Exchange, founded by Emma Margetts, transformed the capital markets community and led to a client base with $16 trillion in AUM, leading the venture to get acquired by Visible Alpha in 2017.
Harambeans go above and beyond with their entrepreneurial impact, affecting both people and the environment. Kwami Williams empowers thousands of farmers in Ghana through his company MoringaConnect and also plants a tree for every product sold — with over two million trees planted to date. Sustainable job creation like this directly improves unemployment rates, and tackles the growing challenge of youth unemployment in Africa.
With every round of successful investment funding, Harambeans are able to channel money into their economies and continue to grow their ventures to have an even greater impact overtime. When you invest in Harambeans, you invest in Africa.