IFE Congratulates the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance on Being Featured in Vanity Fair

The Harambe Entrepeneur Alliance in Vanity Fair

The Harambe Entrepeneur Alliance in Vanity Fair

JCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship congratulates the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance on this public recognition of its efforts to promote entrepreneurship in Africa. Vanity Fair has published a piece on the Alliance in the August edition of the magazine, and on July 29 Harambe will be at the Vanity Fair reception hosted by the British Ambassador in Washington. The gathering will be one of the official events of President Obama’s Summit with young African leaders July 28-30.

Founded in 2007 by Okendo Lewis Gayle, the Harambe Entrepreneurship Alliance has flourished with associates from thirty-one African countries and the sharpest minds from one-hundred-twenty leading universities around the world. These entrepreneurs capture, inform, and engage Africa’s global intellectual capital with innovation and ventures that promote social change. The dedication and passion of this new generation of Africans is contagious, as can be seen from the Vanity Fair Spotlight video.

Okendo and the Alliance are long-standing friends of John Cabot University and of its Institute for Entrepreneurship. Recently JCU had the pleasure of hosting part of the Alliance’s annual Roman Forum, a cross-cultural assembly of leaders illustrating how entrepreneurship can meet the needs of marginalized communities across Africa, when JCU students had the chance to meet the young entrepreneurs now featured in Vanity Fair.

One of these entrepreneurs, Ms. Rapelang Rabana, a University of Cape Town graduate from Botswana, was later invited to speak in Prof. Pulino’s International Entrepreneurship class. Ms. Rabana has been recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs for Rekindle Learning, an educational mobile application that provides school learners with greater personal control and ownership of their learning process. She charmed students with her warmth and professionalism, inspiring them to think beyond their immediate borders.

The JCU community celebrates the success of these young Harambeans and wishes them many more to come!