SACCA would like to formally invite you to the Africa Platform 2010: Missing Middle Summit, where the theme of the SME finance gap (the “Missing Middle”) will be covered by the leading investors, intermediaries, and entrepreneurs. The event will be a great opportunity to network with top Africa business focused professionals & thought leaders.
This year’s theme stems from the Missing Middle Initiative, which was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Missing Middle represents the segment of capital which is larger than microfinance, yet smaller than institutional financing, and is largely absent in emerging markets, especially in Africa. Financing targeted at small to medium enterprises (SMEs) is the next wave of capital development following microfinance, with the potential to create significant social impact as well as competitive market rate returns.
Please join us for the Missing Middle Summit, and participate in unlocking the potential of the Missing Middle and closing the SME finance gap.
Date & Time: Saturday, October 23, 2010; Noon – 5:00pm
Location: The Desmond Tutu Center, 180 10th Avenue (btwn 20th & 21st), New York, NY 10011
Welcome: Claude Roxborough III, US-President, SACCA
Introduction to The Missing Middle: J. Skyler Fernandes, COO, SACCA
Entrepreneur Panel: Creating a Buzz on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Nvalaye Kourouma, CEO, Afric Xpress
Magatte Wade, CEO, Tiossano Tribe & Founder, Adina World Beverages
Intermediary Panel: The Search For High Impact Entrepreneurs & Investors
Randall Kempner, Executive Director, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
Joel Montgomery, Director of International Expansion, Endeavor
Andreas Widmer, Co-Founder, SevenFund
Stuart Yasgur, Managing Director, Ashoka
Investor Panel: Broadening SME Finance Options – Why Investing in Africa Matters & Makes Sense
Teresa Clarke, CEO, Africa.com
Steve Beck, CEO, SpringHill Equity Partners
Gustavo Eiben, Head of North America Investor Relations, Aureos Capital
Peter Malika, Director, E+Co East Africa
Thomas McPartland, Executive Vice President, ELMA Philanthropies Services
Keynote: Michael Fairbanks, Co-Founder, SevenFund
Drinks & Hors D’oeuvres
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