🗞️ The Beta Collective is hosting An African Startup Symposium at the Ion

🗞️ The Beta Collective is hosting An African Startup Symposium at the Ion

Written by Ukeme Daniel

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Greetings from The Beta Collective!

We are excited to invite you to an upcoming event that holds great significance for our local startup ecosystem. The Beta Collective, in collaboration with The Ion, is hosting the "Co-creating the Future" African Startup Symposium on Tuesday, June 20th, 2023.

This symposium aims to foster cross-border entrepreneurial collaboration between Houston and Africa, exploring opportunities for partnership and innovation. It will delve into the African startup ecosystem, highlighting its growth and potential for cross-border collaborations. Key sectors driving innovation and growth will be discussed, along with legal, regulatory, and cultural considerations and challenges.

Why should you attend?

Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor, or simply interested in the African startup ecosystem, this event offers valuable insights and opportunities for connection. By participating, you will:

  1. Gain insights: Discover the latest trends, investment opportunities, and resources available to maximize success in cross-border collaborations.
  2. Expand your network: Connect with a diverse group of like-minded individuals from across the globe, including startups, investors, and thought leaders.
  3. Explore partnerships: Learn about potential collaborations and explore new market opportunities between Houston and Africa.
  4. Support the African entrepreneurial ecosystem: By attending, you contribute to the growth and development of African startups and entrepreneurs.

Event Details:

  • Date: Tuesday, June 20th, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: The Ion, 4201 Main St, Houston, TX 77002
  • Registration: Reserve your free spot on Eventbrite
Co-Creating the Future: An African Startup Symposium on Collaboration
Join us as we explore opportunities for cross-border startup collaboration between the US/Houston and Africa. Make new connections!

The Agenda

In addition to the panel discussion, we will have a startup showcase, Q&A session, and strategic networking opportunities, allowing you to connect with key players in the entrepreneurial space.

  • 6:00 pm - 6:10 pm - Introduction to the event and The Beta Collective
  • 6:15 pm - 6:20 pm - Sponsors Highlight
  • 6:20 pm - 6:35 pm - Startup showcase
  • 6:35 pm - 6:40 pm - Panel Introduction
  • 6:40 pm- 7:30 pm - Panel
  • 7:30 - 7:50 pm - Q&A
  • 7:50 - 8:00 pm- Closing and Thanks
  • 8:00 - 8:30 pm - Strategic Networking

The speakers

The Panelists

Ayo Sopitan
Founder and CEO of Metalex Commodities,
Africa focused Angel Investor
10+ years in commodity trading industry

Michelle Mbeo
Africa is Open Initiative
Established Lakeview Fisheries in Nairobi, Kenya
Expert in East Africa entrepreneurial ecosystem

Mrs. Angelique Bartholomew JD
Principal at Intuitive Global Consulting (IGC)
U.S. Department of Commerce Trade and Finance Advisory Council
Expert in economic development and public-private partnerships

Prof. Robert M. Franklin III
Robert M. Franklin III is a Venture Partner at Sybilla Mastersfund,
Lecturer at Rice University Jones School of Business
Managing Director at the Vessel Group

Wale Salami - Moderator
Founder of Midlothian Angel Network
Venture Capitalist
10+ years in Tech
U.S. Army veteran

Company: SunFi

Presenter: Tomiwa Igun Co-founder & COO

Tomiwa is an entrepreneur and advocates for electrifying Africa. He is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of SunFi Corporation, a Clean Energy FinTech company that provides financing and digital tools to enable distributed clean energy providers in Nigeria to scale clean, affordable, and reliable electricity. Prior to this, he worked at The Boston Consulting Group and Africa Finance Corporation on energy projects and infrastructure development in Africa. He also co-founded Young African MBAs, a non-profit that helps bridge the gap in Africa's management talent. Tomiwa holds an MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School, an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University. During his time at HBS, he co-chaired the Africa Business Conference and co-authored a published Harvard Business School case study on the Privatization of Nigeria's Power Sector.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Headline sponsors, community sponsors, and community partners

Headline sponsors

Tiphub VC

We are thrilled to work TipHub to make this event a success. Thank you!

TipHub is an investment fund focused on supporting and investing in companies at the intersection of technology and impact.


Bringing Houston’s entrepreneurial, corporate, and academic communities into collaborative spaces and programs where ideas go to grow.

Community Sponsors

Gazette Mortgage: Help You buy or sell your Home or whatever your goals are we are here to help!

GigEasy: Comprehensive Benefits for gig workers, contractors and freelancers

Midlothian Angel Network: links angel investors in Midlothian & Ellis county with startups and high growth companies in TX and Africa.

Premia Business Network (PBN): A business network for African entrepreneurs and professionals

Interested in becoming a community sponsor or headline sponsor? Email me at ukeme@thebetacollective.com

Community Partners

Interested in becoming a community partner? A community partnership involves which involves galvanizing your community to come to the event and supporting us. While we use this platform to elevate your community's brand. ukeme@thebetacollective.com

In the following days and weeks will do a deep dive into our presenters, panelists and sponsors. We look forward to seeing you at the symposium and working together to drive innovation and entrepreneurship between Houston and Africa.

Best regards,

Ukeme Daniel

Founder of The Beta Collective

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