TANCon2006 - San Francisco, October 2006 - Fostering African Entrepreneurship
The African Network
Welcome Note Speakers Why Attend?

Welcome to TANCon2006
The inaugural annual conference of
The African Network - TAN.

TANCon is the world’s sole event of its kind for entrepreneurs of African descent. The target audience includes entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 business leaders, venture capitalists, investment bankers, government policy makers and other entrepreneurial ecosystem organizations.

Our theme this year is “Fostering African Entrepreneurship”, to reflect the growing number of African entrepreneurs in business today, and to showcase to the world Africa's limitless intellectual and economic capital.

About TAN
TAN is a global non-profit organization with the sole mandate of fostering entrepreneurship and technology in Africa and among people of African descent worldwide.

Gold Sponsors


Keynote Speakers
Pitch Johnson Kristin Peterson

Pitch Johnson

Founding Partner

Asset Management

Kristin Peterson

Inveneo Co-Founder


Distinguished Panel Speakers
Doug Kelly Issac J. Vaughn
Doug Kelly


Alloy Ventures

Issac J. Vaughn


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Yemi Lalude Andrew Farquharson
Yemi Lalude


Granite Global Ventures

Andrew Farquharson

Kauffman Fellow

Halo Fund

Awele Ndili
Yaw Owusu

Chief Executive Officer
Ghana Cyber Group, Inc.

Awele Ndili

Chief Executive Officer, Founder

MShift, Inc

Kwesi Baiden Eric M.K Osiakwan
Kwesi Baiden

Winston & Strawn LLP


Eric M.K Osiakwan

African Internet Service Providers Association

Executive Secretary

Stephen DeBerry
Ike Eze

Entrepreneur & Private Investor

Stephen DeBerry

Omidyar Network

C. Blake Williams Nathan Beckord
C. Blake Williams

Principal, Investment
Piper Jaffray & Co.

Nathan Beckord
Laura Mellow

Chief Operating Officer


Brian Parker
Head of Software and
Internet Investment Banking

Needham and Co.

You can benefit from:

  • Listening to fortune 500 industry-leaders share their personal experiences in close proximity
  • Networking and interacting with panelist from the entrepreneurial ecosystem - Venture Capitalists, Lawyers, Investment Bankers etc
  • Learning the Dos and Don'ts of startups from serial entrepreneurs
  • Participating in thought provoking life lessons from business veterans
  • Understanding the intricacies of venture financing
  • Peeking into upcoming technological breakthroughs
  • Learning more about one of the fastest growing emerging market - Africa
  • Networking, networking, networking.