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Wharton Africa Business Forum

The 2003 Wharton Africa Business Forum was a tremendous success!
The theme of last year’s Africa Business Forum was "Reinventing African Business: From Entreprenuership to Corporations". The forum brought together about 300 business leaders, academics, students and alumni to discuss the transition of home-grown businesses into corporations. Keynote speakers included:

  • J. Kofi Bucknor - CEO, J. Kofi Bucknor & Associates, Ghana and Former CEO, Cal Merchant Bank, Ghana
  • Tom Isegohi - Former Controller of American Express
  • Joseph Sanusi - Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Andrew Young - Former Mayor of Atlanta

The 2004 Wharton Africa Business Forum:
The theme of this year's Africa Business Forum is "Business in Africa: New Game New Rules". The conference will be held on Saturday, November 20th, 2004, with an alumni event on Friday November 19th, 2003.

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Africa Business Plan Competition

The Wharton Africa Business Plan competition is an annual event intended to promote the involvement of Africans in the entrepreneurial process and to foster an environment that supports the creation of new ventures.

In this year’s competition we seek to harness the wealth of knowledge and expertise available in the venture capital community with the goal of giving African entrepreneurs access to: 1) more resources; 2) start-up financial capital; 3) mentorship from business advisors and seasoned entrepreneurs.

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