Thought leaders and organizations from around the world dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship will convene in Accra, Ghana, for the annual Global Conference hosted by the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).
This prestigious gathering, scheduled for September 12-13, 2023, marks a significant milestone as it is strategically timed to signify the halfway point toward achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
The Aspen Institute and ANDE have been long engaged in Africa with many international convening and programs, but this is the first time the Global Conference is set outside of the US. The event is the pioneering platform that brings together intermediary institutions focused on nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystems.
Among the attendees are representatives from development banks, philanthropic foundations, universities, research institutions, venture capitalists, angel investors, accelerators, incubators, and capacity developers. This global gathering presents an invaluable opportunity for participants to engage in discussions on industry trends, access the latest reports, foster networking connections, and conduct business.
“We are delighted to host the ANDE Global Conference in Accra, Ghana, in 2023,” said Richenda Van Leeuwen of ANDE. “This event underscores our commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and small business growth in developing economies, a crucial component of achieving the SDGs. Our theme for this year, ‘Accelerating Action: Small Business Solutions and the SDGs,’ underscores the urgency of our mission and highlights the critical need for innovative measures to support small and growing business ecosystems effectively.”
Key highlights of the conference include:
1. The keynote speaker is Somachi Chris-Asoluka, the CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation a prominent figure in the world of African entrepreneurship.
2. The feature speakers: Trigmatic—celebrated Ghanaian musician, vocal philanthropist, and agribusiness entrepreneur–and Charles Abani from UN Ghana, a seasoned international development practitioner
3. On Thursday, important business figures will open West Africa Day, which will be showcasing entrepreneurship ingenuity.
Plus sessions focusing on:
1. Decent Job Creation: Discussing strategies to promote job opportunities and economic growth through entrepreneurship.
2. Climate and Gender Equity Impact Measurement: Exploring ways to measure the impact of entrepreneurship on climate change and gender equity.
3. SGB Finance/Impact Investment: Examining the role of finance and impact investment in supporting small and growing businesses (SGBs) or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing economies.
For a comprehensive overview of the conference agenda, please visit the Conference page or directly on the schedule at WhovaApp.