Open Collaboration for African Techies
Following last month’s investor live chat with Dariu Trueb of Ringier Africa & Kitendo Capital, we’re pleased to welcome Christina Tamer and Sean Smith of Invested Development, a Boston-based, impact-focused, seed-stage investment firm with its sights set on African innovators. Invested Development targets emerging markets with risk capital investments in the most innovative alternative energy and mobile technology startups.
ID believes that firms such as theirs have a role to play in merging the heart of the social sector with the efficiency of the free market. To achieve this, they are committed to supporting entrepreneurs with high growth, for-profit social ventures that deliver radically affordable innovations in alternative energy and mobile communications. In addition to seed funding, ID provides mentorship, in-country and international contacts as well as access to their global network of like-minded investors, funds and support organizations. For more details and highlights of ID’s portfolio check out their BSP Fund.
From Invested Development’s website:
The Missing Ingredient in impact investment is seed capital. Intrepid angels have led the way in Silicon Valley and they are destined to do the same in impact investing.
The Key Problem is that unlike the technology sector, social and environmental investing doesn’t have hordes of prosperous industry veterans to catalyze investment with their keen industry knowledge, deep pockets and extensive rolodex.
Our Solution is simple; combine our industry knowledge and contacts with the financial resources of high-net worth individuals and organizations. Together, we have everything it takes to catalyze the next innovative explosion while generating strong social and financial returns.
Talk With the Investors
On Monday, 28th November at 10:00am EST/ 4:00pm West Africa Time, ActivSpaces will again host leaders in the local tech community for a candid conversation with Christina Tamer and Sean Smith. Christina has a background in finance and began her career working with women entrepreneurs in Uganda. Today, she continues her focus on assisting entrepreneurs in making the transition from great idea to great business. Sean is the Investment Analyst and new investment manager at Invested Development. He manages ID’s office in Nairobi, Kenya. Sean works to source the pipeline and analyze investment opportunities.
Christina and Sean will be presenting Invested Development, discuss their emphasis on the mobile technology and alternative energy sectors, profile some of ID’s African investments and take questions from startup founders at ActivSpaces and from the local community. We’d like to invite techies, entrepreneurs of all stripes and other interested individuals to join us at ActivSpaces for this live event. If you’re not able to come to ActivSpaces, you are also welcome to follow the event online and contribute to the conversation. This is an outstanding opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas and engage an impact investment firm backing innovative African ventures.
We look forward to seeing you there.
When: Monday, 28th November | 10:00am EST/ 4:00pm W.Africa Time / 6:00pm E.Africa Time
Where: ActivSpaces Buea
Guest Speakers: Christina Tamer, Market Research Manager & Sean Smith, Investment Analyst and new investment manager at Invested Development.
Activity: Christina and Sean will be presenting Invested Development followed by a Q&A Session with the audience. So bring the questions you want answered and let’s build.
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