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Upcoming Events

Planning future events, will update soon. Have any requests?

Past Events

SAEN Networking Evening – Spring 2017

Design Workshop – Winter 2017

For the winter installment of the SAEN-SEED Design Workshop, we had Cyber Trace CEO Shreyas Patel visiting from Nairobi, Kenya. This was our first workshop with a company from East Africa.

Cyber Trace is an advanced service oriented company that provides tailored solutions for all tracking and monitoring needs. With offices in Nairobi and Mombasa, Cyber Trace tracks over 4000 vehicles and operates across East Africa.

The challenges that the teams tackled were:

a) Identify alternative designs for an affordable and improved oil monitoring and quality assurance system
b) Develop ideas for the diversification of the oil monitoring and quality assurance system into different market segments (e.g. milk)
c) Create an improved visualization and data analysis system to predict fraudulent activities

Impromptu Innovation Pitches – Winter 2017

The three main objectives of an IIP session is to:
a) Provide an opportunity for students to learn about trending topics in the African entrepreneurship space
b) Train students to think critically under pressure while working in a team
c) Improve students public speaking skills

Our Winter IIP session tackled "Entrepreneurial Solutions to Healthcare Challenges in Africa."

Three teams were formed and each team brainstormed entrepreneurial solutions to:
a) Providing medical services under constrained conditions
b) Shortening the wait time at medical facilities
c) Combating counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Look out for our event recap and be sure to attend our next IIP session. You will not want to miss it!

Impromptu Innovation Pitches – Fall 2016

The three main objectives of an IIP session is to:
a) Provide an opportunity for students to learn about trending topics in the African entrepreneurship space
b) Train students to think critically under pressure while working in a team
c) Improve students public speaking skills

Our first IIP session tackled "Elections in African Countries: Using Entrepreneurship to Solve Election Challenges and Enhance Election Processes."

Three teams were formed and each team selected an entrepreneurial challenge to:
a) Create an accessible voting process
b) Create a transparent and credible vote counting system
c) Encourage diversity of opinion and freedom of speech during elections

Look out for our event recap and be sure to attend our next IIP session. You will not want to miss it!

SAEN Unveiling – Fall 2016

Held in the charming corridors of the Center of African Studies Encina Hall, the SAEN team was proud to host our first event as an official Stanford group. In an atmosphere charged with excitement and a sense of community, we introduced our history, mission, plans for the upcoming year as well as the team of students and collaborators that make all this happen. The audience was treated to delicious Somali food and entertained to a mock run through of our Impromptu Innovation Pitch Event. Tackling the topic area "Access to Elementary Education," the SAEN team presented high-level suggestions to the question "How can we make education materials accessible to low income communities?"

Check out pictures from the event and if you couldn't make it, don't worry, get involved TODAY!

Design Workshop – Spring 2016

Our signature SAEN-SEED-SABF workshop was held at the design school! Visiting CEO’s from 3 companies spanning Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal were paired with a student-mentor group to tackle challenges of marketing, expansion and adoption.

DELVIC SANITATION - Senegal
Summary: Committed to provide Africa with infrastructure, innovative and sustainable autonomous sanitation services.
Challenge: How can we convince the general population to use the water processed from fecal sludge?

NATION FEEDERS - Nigeria
Summary: An agricultural products company with a core activity in the poultry space.
Challenge: How to convince partner-farmers to sell back their produce to Nation Feeders?

SMSGH - Ghana
Summary: Works to blend mobile communication with cloud technology to build useful applications.
Challenge: How to attract more users for their Trackhab devices?

Design Workshop – Fall 2015

We had the pleasure of hosting 2 SEED-affiliate companies from Cote D'Ivoire and Ghana that were looking to engage the Western market. Our student-mentor teams delivered!! Lively conversations, skits and connections were made.

AVVA CAFE - Cote D'Ivoire
Summary: Produces and distributes 100% ground coffee for the West African market.
Challenge: How might AVVA Cafe present its Robusta coffee in new ways that attract demand in the US?

CORENETT (Knoxxi) - Ghana
Summary: Knoxxi’s platform delivers innovative financial solutions to the unbanked in Africa.
Challenge: How can CoreNett use their proprietary Knoxxi platform to engage those in the West who want to interact, connect and transact with subscribers in Africa?

“Real hands-on experience.”

“I liked the fact that we are presenting to the real company owners and that what we are doing could have an impact.”

“I liked the direct interaction with the CEO of AVVA and the feeling that he appreciated and got something out of our contributions.”

“Great concept – felt wonderful to attack a problem that was not theoretical and know that our solutions could have real-world implications.”

Design Workshop – Spring 2015

Our inaugural SAEN-SEED-SABF event was a great success. 4 visiting CEO's from Ghana and Nigeria spanning the fashion, medical, technology and food processing industries were treated to lively discourse and out of the box solutions to presented challenges.

HOUSE OF TARA - Nigeria
Summary: One of the most prolific makeup brands and independent beauty company in Nigeria.
Challenge: What US market entry strategy should House of Tara embark on?

HOME FOODS - Ghana
Summary: A food processing and agro-foods export company.
Challenge: How can HomeFoods recruit and retain leaders/ innovators?

SYSTEMSPECS - Nigeria
Summary: Provider of e-payments, financial, and human capital software solutions through its flagship product, Remita.
Challenge: How can Remita increase product awareness amongst its stakeholders?

NORDICA FERTILITY CENTER - Nigeria
Summary: Nigeria's leading center for world class assisted reproductive services.
Challenge: How can Nordica increase its customer base and widen its customer demographic?

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Panels – Winter 2014

Panelists talked about the challenges of setting up ventures in Africa.

Panel Speakers:

  • David Osei - CEO of Dropifi
  • Dwalu Khasu - CEO of Feykena
  • Al-Karim Lalani - Jiunga.com