MIT X TAU Series: Africa’s Innovation

Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

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The ninth webinar in an eleven-part series focused on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa.

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Venture capital, investing in African technology companies


Maya Horgan Famodu is a Nigerian-American entrepreneur, founder and partner at Ingressive, a firm that provides market entry, technology research and market operations services for firms and businesses expanding into Africa. She also founded Ingressive Capital, a venture capital fund investing in Africa-based technology companies. She co-founded the High Growth Africa Summit, a two-day conference on how to launch a high growth African business, and founded Tech Meets Entertainment Summit, a deal-focused event for African celebrities and tech companies to build revenue-generating partnerships.

Horgan Famodu founded and is the managing director of the $10 million venture capital firm targeting early-stage startups across Sub-Saharan Africa's key tech markets. Ingressive Capital has seeded some of Africa's fastest-growing businesses, including Paystack, which sold for over $200 million to Stripe. Horgan Famodu also co-founded Ingressive for Good, a nonprofit focused on technical talent and resources for African startup ecosystems that has done a collective 40 deals across the continent. She previously worked in private equity research at J.P. Morgan.  Maya Horgan Famodu appeared on the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 in 2018 in the technology category.



Co-sponsors:  MIT Center for International Studies (CIS), TRUE Africa University (TAU)

About the MIT X TAU webinar series: 

The Center for International Studies (CIS) has partnered with the newly launched TRUE Africa University (TAU) to host a webinar series focused on various aspects of sustainable development in Africa. Thursdays at noon EST, starting on March 4, TAU founder, MIT alumnus, and CIS research affiliate Claude Grunitzky, will interview the thinkers, shapers and doers who he sees as the inventors of the future of Africa. Each of the eleven webinars promises to be a genre-defining look into the opportunities and challenges facing the African continent and its people over the coming century. The CIS-TAU webinar series will be an opportunity for the MIT community and beyond to engage with luminaries such as Taiye Selasi, the Ghanaian-Nigerian author; Jeffrey Sachs, the American economist; and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, the Nigerian serial entrepreneur behind some of Africa’s most valuable startups.

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