Panelist at the Road to #GES2016 talk about funding for entrepreneurs.

It’s all business in Cape Town

Young entrepreneurs on the “Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit” GES 2016 took a “short left” to Cape Town, South Africa this week.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID )hosted a special networking event for South African entrepreneurs, investors and innovative thinkers in the Mother City. Consul General Teddy Taylor welcomed participants.

USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa Linda Etim

Linda Etim, USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa, gave the opening address. She highlighted the importance of networking and creating platforms such as #GES2016.

The workshop was an opportunity for creative, forward-thinking South Africans to network one-on-one and collaborate with investors, government officials, business representatives and educators on ways to fuel entrepreneurship for the benefit of South Africa.

It was one of two events scheduled to take place in Africa ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama’s annual GES. President Obama will host the seventh GES at Stanford University, in California’s Silicon Valley, June 22–24.

The 2016 GES will bring together approximately 1,000 people who represent the full measure of entrepreneurial talent in the United States and internationally. The summit reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to use entrepreneurship as a tool to build communities around the world that are economically prosperous, secure and globally connected.

In Cape Town, the Road to #GES2016 included four panels with leading voices from the entrepreneurial and venture capital community.

It hosted Google, DraperDarkFlow, the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship, Bandwidth Barn, Knife Capital, Singularity Investments, RLabs, SiMODiSA, and more.

The event included a panel on how entrepreneurs are Solving Global Challenges with a Focus on Energy, with confirmed speakers from Freedom Won, Solar Turtle, Shakti Energy, and Stellenbosh Wind Energy Technologies.

Earlier this month the American Corner, Cape Town held a special #FirstThursday event dedicated to #GES2016. The theme was “How to disrupt industry”.

Western Cape Minister for Economic Development, Alan Winde, participated in the panel. The South African Broadcasting Corporation SABC did a special feature about the event and #GES2016.

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