Connecting the Diaspora: The Intersection of Art, Culture and Tech

The Africa America Institute and Mosaic Genius gathered on Saturday, December 3, 2022 for a “Connecting the Diaspora: The Intersection of Art, Culture and Tech” Brunch at the Red Rooster in historic Overtown during Art Basel Miami week, sponsored by our partner, Silicon Valley Bank.

Art Basel was the perfect place to gather as we discussed the contributions of Africa and the African Diaspora to art and culture as well as the importance of ensuring inclusion in the global innovation economy.

The conversation was kicked off by our hosts, Erik Moore, Founder and Managing Partner of Base Ventures and Tosh Ernest, Head of Access to Innovation at Silicon Valley Bank and followed by speakers Barbara Iyayi, CEO and Founding Partner of Unicorn Growth Capital, Ike Echeruo, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Constant Ventures and Kofi Appenteng, CEO of the Africa-America Institute. They shared their deep understanding of the tech innovation landscape in Africa and what is needed to support VC investment in Africa which is expected to exceed $10 billion by 2025.

The diversity of the individuals present in the room and their input to the conversation made for a lively and thought-provoking discussion in terms of tangible steps to seize the opportunity as well as leverage our resources and networks to invest in tech innovation and advance wealth creation throughout Africa and the Diaspora.

Finally, Artist Bacheler Jean Pierre @bachelerjp displayed his beautiful collection of artwork from his series, “Gospel vs. Gossip” and shared his inspirational story.

The Africa-America Institute and Mosaic Genius hope this is the first of many future gatherings at
Art Basel Miami.

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