Tony Elumelu on Afrocapitalism

September 2022: The esteemed Nigerian economist and philanthropist, founder of The Tony Elumelu foundation, offers advice to students who are hungry to start their own businesses.

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Entrepreneurship Trends in Africa

Since 2008, the BRITE conference has brought leaders in branding, innovation, and technology to Columbia University (and online) for curated talks on how technology and innovation are transforming the ways that companies build and sustain great brands.

At the BRITE ’22 conference, Michelle Kathryn Essomé ’99 (Managing Director, EJE Limited) discussed with Lara Hejtmanek ’99 (Director, The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia Business School) how a shift towards investment promotion — rather than merely development dollars — is creating an ecosystem for innovation and the growth of new domestic brands that aim to meet the needs of African society.

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Chazen Global Spotlight Series

Each presentation focuses on a specific country’s business culture. The series, for students, aims to provide a variety of perspectives, including a business speaker from the region to bridge theory and practice. Previous presentations have focused on Nigeria, Cameroon, and Kenya.

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Columbia Africa Conference

Held each year, the Columbia Africa Conference is organized by the Africa Student Club and support by the Chazen Institute.

Learn more about the most recent conference