The mission of Startup Grind is to educate, connect, and inspire entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Sacramento in partnership with the Urban Hive meets monthly at their Cannery location. There will be networking, great food, and live music! Come and be part of Sacramento's Startup Community. This month, we will be interviewing Kwayme Anku. Kwame is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund, an early stage venture capital firm where he leads fundraising, portfolio building and portfolio management teams.
Kwame Anku is the Co-Founder and Principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund, an early stage venture capital firm where he leads fundraising, portfolio building and portfolio management teams.
For over 20 years, Kwame has worked extensively in business development and media marketing blending entrepreneurship, social impact and corporate engagement.
Kwame entered into the tech industry after the late legendary rock star Prince recruited him to develop his mobile app, overseeing business and development teams in Africa, Asia and the US. He went on to serve as the National Director of Strategic Development for the
#YesWeCode initiative, where he developed corporate and media partnerships with NBC Universal, Comcast, Ford Motor Company Fund, ESSENCE magazine, Alabama Power, The City of Oakland, The City of Detroit, The City of Birmingham and Google.
Kwame has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs including CNN, MSNBC, BBC Worldwide & National Public Radio. He has spoken extensively around the United States encouraging diverse audiences to think differently about social inclusion and technology. His work with youth tech inclusivity garnered two invitations to the Obama White House Administration to share ideas and best practices with leaders from around the States.
Kwame has spoken at The Ford Freedom Awards in Detroit, The Essence Festival in New Orleans, the National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C., the Association of Black Foundation Executives Conference in Napa Valley and recently joined Silicon Valley legend Ken Coleman and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant as a featured speaker at the Tech JXN Conference in Jackson, MS.
Kwame was recently named as a mentor for both the 2017 AT&T Aspire Accelerator and Founder Institute Sacramento. He serves on the board of directors for Operation iDream in Zambia, Enza Academy in New York City and the startup tech firm, Bandwagon.
Kwame is a Senior Advisor to Volta Investment Co. Ltd. in Ghana and an equity-stake holder and business development advisor to several early stage companies.
Kwame is an honors graduate of Stanford University.