The Africa Together Conference was held in May of this year. The event was organised by the African Society of Cambridge University, in partnership with the Cambridge Africa Business Network (CABN) from Cambridge Judge Business School. This conference celebrates the continent’s outstanding achievements and is known for bringing together great minds and speakers who have contributed to the advancement of Africa and African businesses. The conference goal is to assist in forming relationships with Africans in the diaspora, in order to better understand and encourage efforts to resolving the economic and socio-political difficulties that are confronted in Africa.

Jenna Hertz, Angela Khakali and Aderinsola (Derin) Alege, MBA Class of 2021 and Co-chairs of CABN, have also spearheaded the launch of an inaugural Africa’s Future Pitch (AFP) Competition, along with the African Society of Cambridge University . Teams from across the African continent submitted their pitch decks, with the top three presenting at the conference to a panel of prestigious judges from venture capital and the Cambridge entrepreneurial scene. This, we believe, offers an excellent opportunity to exhibit African start-ups on a global platform.

“It has been really special for us to be able to celebrate Africa and our homes as members of Cambridge Judge – an incredible, international community. While the conference as a whole promises to be a unique opportunity to build our networks in the United Kingdom, it has also given me the chance to explore, work with and champion African start-ups,” – Jenna Hertz.

“Cambridge Judge offers endless possibilities to cater to student’s unique needs. With an interest in tech and venture capital, The Africa’s Future Pitch Competition has been the perfect opportunity to gain experience in deal sourcing and due diligence that will be essential to transition my career to an investment role in venture capital or a corporate strategy/development role in tech” – Angela Khakali.

“As an entrepreneur, I have had first-hand experience of how tough it is to run a business in Africa, Nigeria to be precise and working with my Co-chairs and the African Society of Cambridge University, I have had the chance to give like-minded founders an opportunity to showcase their works to the larger Cambridge audience. Coming into the MBA programme at CJBS, I knew I would meet distinguished scholars and established founders with amazing ideas to change the world. This conference has given me an opportunity to do just that with a focus on Africa” – Derin Alege.

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