On Thursday, May 2nd IBOM LLC in partnership with Black Enterprise and Mayven PR played hosts to about 100+ attendees at the Africans Creating Technology panel event held in New York City. The event, which was focused on discussing the growing technology sector and opportunities within Africa, also shed light on ways for African owned tech startups within the US to obtain funding, partnerships and overall pointers to help tech entrepreneurs pursue their goals and drive their businesses to success.
Speaking on the panel were Muoyo Okome, a Microsoft business manager and independent game developer, Tapua Tunduwani, an Information Technology consultant, Mary Olushoga, Founder of the AWPNetwork. Ali Abdullah a partner of the voice mobile app HALLO, and Eric Hamilton, Founder of Around the Way app. With Janell Hazelwood of Black Enterprise moderating the panel, panelists spoke at length, and shared lots of vital information a lot of which was shared on Twitter by attendees via the hashtag #AfricansInTech.
Entrepreneurs were encouraged to not make the lack of capital/funding an excuse for not building and starting their businesses as there are available resources provided by the government and non-profit organizations for startups. Other ways suggested by the panelists include building relationships and networks, partnering with others and to some extent, personal savings. A few apps were demoed, along with sites that provided unique services. At the end of the night, attendees were treated to an event that not only was greatly informing and enlightening, but also provided African and non-African entrepreneurs, professionals, and tech enthusiasts the perfect environment to connect, and support each other on the journey of tech entrepreneurship.
The organizers Anie Akpe-Lewis of IBOM LLC and Yvonne Unubun of Mayven PR are thankful to the event sponsors Applause Africa, Black Enterprise, Kind Foods, Red Bull, AfroMix Ent., event partners, and to everyone who attended and supported the Africans in Technology event; and look forward to more events geared towards empowering the African entrepreneur. For more information on IBOM LLC and Mayven PR, please visit: www.ibomllc.com and www.mayvenpr.com