Another foot soldier in the war for economic empowerment for underserved communities, the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM), will be visiting seven cities as part of the ADM II Road Show. In each city, ADM along with the local ADM planning committee will host an evening reception and a full day workshop on business plan development and finance for potential applicants.

Come out to learn more about the ADM business plan competition, sharpen your business skills, and interact with your local Diaspora business community!

ADM is a business plan competition designed to support the entrepreneurial spirit and resources of the U.S. based African diaspora community. It promotes economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa by facilitating diaspora direct investment in viable small and medium enter­prises, providing matching grants to African diaspora members working in part­nership with African-based enterprises

The business plan competi­tion, held in 2009-2010, had the following results:

  • More than 700 applications received in response to an open call for proposals;
  • 58 finalists and their partners participated in a two-day Marketplace Event in Washington, D.C.;
  • 14 winning businesses were awarded matching grants of up to $100,000 each; a total of $1.2 million of private equity was lever­aged across seven sub-Saharan African countries.

Click here for a detailed Road Show schedule by city . All Road Show events are free of charge. To reserve a spot contact david@diasporamarketplace.org or Dial: 1(800) 918-7650 ext 2.