TANCon2008 - October 2008 - Africa & the US: Entrepreneurial Opportunities - Taking the Leap of Faith
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Welcome to TANCon2008
The 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 “Africa & the US: Entrepreneurial Opportunities - Taking the Leap of Faith”, to provide future and current entrepreneurs the tools needed to establish and develop successful companies

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.

TANCon 2008 Team

  • Paschal Iwuh
  • Luc Tengueu
  • Gordon Williams
  • Sade Sobande
  • Marie Ange Eyoum
  • Olufemi Dosunmu
  • Bolaji Lutade
  • Kojo Appiah
  • Adlina Hamid
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Keynote & Guest Speakers
Brenda Wright Frederick E. Jordan Guy Kawasaki

Brenda Wright

Senior Vice President
Regional Director
Community Development
Wells Fargo

Frederick E. Jordan


F.E. Jordan & Associates

Guy Kawasaki

Managing Director
Garage Technology Ventures

Anthony R. Vonsee AJ Patel Michael L. Dworkin

Anthony R. Vonsee
General Manager
Cisco Africa

AJ Patel

Founder of TIE
Mara Wildlife Conservation

Michael L. Dworkin

Principal & Owner
Michael L. Dworkin and Associates Law Offices

Distinguished Panel Speakers
Tom Arnold Uzoma Dozie

Tom Arnold


Eric M.K Osiakwan

Founder and CEO

African Internet Service Providers Association

Theogene Rudasingwa Leila Chirayath

Theogene Rudasingwa

Vice President, GlobalAffairs and Global Projects Specialist

Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation

Leila Chirayath

Founder and CEO


Eghosa Omoigui Jacques Bonjawo

Eghosa Omoigui


Intel Capital

Jacques Bonjawo

Chairman & Chief Strategist
Genesis Technologies

Daniel Edibe Mohamed Hersi

Daniel Edibe

Founder and CEO
WideMotion, Inc.

Mohamed Hersi President/Chairman
AfGlobe Communications

Jay Ward Ike Eze

Jay Ward

1st Friday

Ike Eze

Entrepreneur & Private Investor

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg Kaval Kerur

Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg
Assistant Professor

University of San Francisco


Kaval Kerur

Start-up Farms
International Inc. (SUFI)

John Njoku Laura Roden

John Njoku

Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Planing
Imo State, Nigeria

Laura Roden

Founder & Managing Director VC Privé

Ted Okendu William Guyster

Ted Okendu

Vice President
Sustainable Development USA, Africa and Asia Earth-Solar Technologies Corporation

William Guyster

Good Morning Africa

Lyndon Rive Erica Estrada

Lyndon Rive

Chief Executive Officer


Erica Estrada

d-light design

Almaz Negash Richard Osei-Anim

Luc Tengueu

US TANCon 2008

Richard Osei-Anim
Founder and CEO
Richard Anim Group


Almaz Negash Matthew Stephen Stepka

Almaz Negash

Managing Partner
Etwine Global

Matthew Stephen Stepka

Director, Business and Operations Strategy

2008 Wharton Africa Business Plan Competition Winners

First Prize($5000): Dairyland
Team: Francis Bobie

Second Prize($2500): Fair Goods
Team: Nishi Das; Kwasi Frimpong; Craig Doescher

Third Prize($1000): PayLid
Team: Banji Oladeji; Solomon Alawiye; Olu Ameye

The Winners will also have free legal advice through the implementation of their business ideas.

Photos from TANCon USA 2008

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