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  • The Vault: Connecting East African SMEs to investors at CCA's U.S.-Africa Business Summit

    Published on February 04, 2016

    The Hub recently participated at the Corporate Council for Africa's 10th biennial U.S. Africa Business Summit. The Hub organized a special session dubbed 'The Vault,' where investors met one-on-one with entrepreneurs seeking investment.

    The Hub selected and coached five businesses from East Africa on how to pitch to investors. They joined entrepreneurs from across Africa to enter a series of "speed dating sessions" with investors. The five Hub-supported businesses were: 1.) Ms Aprelle Duany, founder of luxury brand AprelleDuany from Kenya, 2.) Mr Marcos Brandalise, managing director of BrazAfric from Kenya, 3.) Ms Agnes Atim Apea, managing director of Hope Development Initiatives from Uganda, 4.) Ms Victoria Kisyombe, founder of SERO Leasing and Finance from Tanzania and 5.) Avi Manes of Nazareth Garment from Ethiopia.

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    Opportunities for export in specialty foods

    Published on February 03, 2016

    M.Washburn_specialty_foods_Kenya_workshop.jpgOn February 2, the Hub, in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), organized an African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Specialty Foods Consultative Workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the Hub's Specialty Foods Export Promotion and Expansion Program to manufacturers in Kenya and to detail the processes for export through AGOA. Twenty specialty food companies attended.

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    Hub holds private public dialogue in Kigali, Rwanda

    Published on February 01, 2016

    On January 29, the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSFR) and the Hub jointly held a public-private dialogue (PPD) on the implementation of the East African Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol. The dialogue attracted nearly 80 participants, a majority of whom were CEOs and business owners from various sectors, such as financial services, agribusiness, telecommunications, manufacturers and professionals, including accountants, engineers and architects. Government officials with responsibilities affecting implementation of the common market also attended, as well as representatives from the donor community.

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    Video: Enabling SMEs in East Africa to obtain investment - Aprelle Duany

    Published on January 29, 2016

    The Hub assists SMEs across the region to grow their businesses by obtaining investment. APRELLEDUANY is among five SMEs that the Hub sponsored to pitch their businesses to potential investors at the Corporate Council for Africa's 10th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, next week.

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