#StartTheSpark of New Possibilities for Entrepreneurship in Africa

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 30, 2015
Kenyan Women, With Support from Feed The Future, Turn Their Maize And Other Staple Crops Into Value-Added Baked Goods For Sale In Local Markets Generating Additional Income And Increasing Food Security [Photo Credit: Fintrac Inc]

Entrepreneurship can transform the world. Entrepreneurs solve problems, create jobs and boost economies. That’s why -- through the United States' Spark Initiative -- the U.S. has committed to generating $1 billion in new investments in entrepreneurs, particularly women and girls. 

"Over the next three years, we’re aiming to spark more than one billion dollars in new investments in the next generation of entrepreneurs around the world—to help them open a new business, expand into new markets and ignite the next era of innovation and growth,” said President Obama in a video message at a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Tunisia.

This ambitious initiative sparked the attention of a number of leading organizations, companies, and figures working on entrepreneurship, who gathered at the White House to discuss how they might collaborate. This coalition is coalescing around a number of key goals, ideas, and actions.

To open a dialogue about the common goals shared by those working to promote entrepreneurship, today, the White House hosted a #StartTheSpark Twitter chat on U.S. Government support for entrepreneurship in Africa.   During the Twitter chat, the White House announced that President Obama will travel to Kenya in July to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).  President Obama's trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit and continue U.S. efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security.  

Since the creation of the GES in 2009, it has become a pre-eminent platform for entrepreneurs and businesses leaders, international organizations, and governments looking to support them. 2015 marks the first time the Summit will be held in sub-Saharan Africa with the Government of Kenya serving as co-host. 

The programs selected to the President's Spark initiative represent the best work being done by the U.S. Government to advance entrepreneurship around the world. Together, the effort can help to increase communication, coordination, and collaboration across all our efforts to support entrepreneurs around the world. Connecting these entrepreneurial sparks can help set alight a bright beacon of new hope, shared purpose, and opportunity.

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Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
March 30, 2015
A smiling face means more than a thousand words can ever say. :)
trokon z.
March 31, 2015
i would like to attend this year global entrepreneurship summit in kenya, i am into waste management. i am seeking training support for my company, the environmental service enterprise. thanks.
Mike S.
April 1, 2015
Congratulations on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015. I am an Australian entrepreneur who has built a Music & Entertainment business, servicing Eastern Africa from Nairobi, since 1999. Our branded Services include Media, Event Production, Industry Development and Music Publishing. Is this Summit open to Entrepreneurs in the Creative Industry, since USA is an excellent Example? If so, how does one Register?
April 22, 2015
i am an upcoming entrepreneur and i would really love to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to be held in Kenya in July this year but i don't know how to go about it.Kindly help
sylvester w.
April 30, 2015
would like to register for up coming global entrepreneurship july 2015 nairobi summit
Millicent A.
Texas, USA
May 10, 2015
Hi I'm an aspiring entrepreneur interested in attending the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya. Could you please advice on how to register or where i can get more information. Your immediate response will be highly appreciated. Thank you.
Franklin O.
May 11, 2015
I delighted about entrepreneurship. I am a young entrepreneur and I have also set up an organization that is mentoring university and polytechnic graduates to curb the problem of graduate unemployment in Ghana. How do I obtain support for this initiative? How do I also get to be part of this years' Global Entrepreneurship summit in Kenya?
Nderitu w.
May 13, 2015
Iam an entrepreneur specializing on embedded systems for PIC microcntroller which happens to be a rare field here in Kenya.For now i develop moving sign display with an embended clock.i l be eager to show case my ability and learn from other entrepreneurs if i get the chance.Thank you
Joseph M.
June 10, 2015
I am an entrepreneur from Kenya dealing in art and craft and have looking for information of how how i can participate unfortunately they have closed the registration for entrepreneurs but for the investors. http://www.ges2015.org/apply http://www.ges2015.org/apply#


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