JAMBO…One of the few words I learned in Nairobi, Kenya. I was blessed to be one of the many entrepreneurs to take part in the 6th Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya co-hosted by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and U.S. President Barack Obama. For the first time, business owners, policymakers, educators and investors were all together in sub-Saharan Africa for a Global Entrepreneurship Summit ( GES Kenya 2015 ). President Barack Obama launched the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2010 to encourage young innovators with mentorship, training and funding. As the founder/president of NETSO Media , it was truly an honour to have been selected to travel to this beautiful country. I am grateful to the U.S. Embassy Ottawa for the sponsorship.

I posted most of the pictures and videos on Instagram : #MlleParkerinKenya

Each day would start with a 2-hour networking session. An opportunity for entrepreneurs to chit-chat and exchange business cards.

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Coffee and networking session – GES KENYA – Global Entrepreneurship Summit Kenya

The summit kicked off on July 24 with the annual Youth + Women Day. We had the privilege of hearing the story of the U.S. recording artist and entrepreneur Akon. He spoke about his challenges as a young African growing up in the United States and how being in jail for 6 six months turned his life around.

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I was so happy to get that selfie with Akon

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Becoming Investor-Ready

Following the opening remarks, we had the privilege of attending a roundtable with Secretary Penny Pritzker, United States Department of Commerce and as a guest-entrepreneurs José André, Founder & Chef, Think Food Group, Daymond John, Founder, FUBU and Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva.

GES KENYA - Global Entrepreneurship Summit Kenya

Take away : 

  • Find your deepest passion
  • Prove your concept and people will want to join your team
  • Visualize the future you want
  • We are only as good as the people around us

 

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Barack Obama

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President Obama’s speech focused on how innovation and entrepreneurs are the key to Africa’s future.  “ Africa is on the move…Entrepreneurship is the spark of prosperity..It helps citizens stand up for their rights, and push back against corruption ” he mentioned during his speech.

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The GES Kenya 2015 hashtag was booming on social media #GES2015Kenya.

Some of the best picture quotes : 

I had a great time participating in Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 in Kenya. I came back with a lot of ideas that will benefit my projects ( NETSO Media , AmbitionTV  and this blog ).

More good stuff! Some great people I met, a few pictures of Nairobi National Park and Nairobi: David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.

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