RENEW Strategies

National Gathering: Thank you for the support!

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Erin O'Connor
| October 24, 2017

The 2017 Impact Angel Network National Gathering is taking place this weekend in Washington D.C.! The Embassy of Canada has graciously offered to host us at their beautiful venue located on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and 5th street, a stone’s throw from the US Capitol.

The National Gathering is a unique event. First, we believe it is the largest Africa-focused impact angel investing event in Washington, D.C. Next, it will attract some of the brightest, action-oriented minds in the impact investment space. Contrary to your typical D.C. gala event, this one will focus on results, transparency and honest dialogue about how North American investors are putting money to work in real companies, and creating tangible impact and returns. And if that doesn’t interest you, the menu curated by Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson should be enough to attract even the most seasoned D.C. socialites.

We can’t wait for Friday and the mouthwatering food, great conversations and networking with like-minded individuals and industry experts.

We would also like to thank several of our partners, that have helped make this event possible; true change agents – doers – people that walk the walk. With their support, we have been able to make this the largest National Gathering to date!

  • Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C.
    • Veris Wealth Partners
      • Limalimo Lodge in Ethiopia
      • RENEW’s work in Ethiopia was piloted with USAID and is currently undertaken with financial support from the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada. The project, Accelerating Business Growth, aims at sustainable job creation for low-skilled workers, including women and young adults, through a dynamic and growing small and medium business sector in Ethiopia. 

        Veris Wealth Partners just celebrated its 10-year anniversary, surpassing $1 billion in assets fully devoted to impact. The organization is a dedicated Impact Wealth Management firm providing wealth management services, such as estate planning, tax advising, financial planning, philanthropic support and investment management with their Investment thesis based on whole portfolio activation. Overarching themes for the organization include climate solutions and the environment, food sustainable agriculture, gender lens investing, and community wealth building and social justice.

        Limalimo Lodge brings sustainable and community focused tourism to Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park.

        Not signed up for the National Gathering? Register today to secure your spot.

        Much creativity went into the National Gathering menu for this year! A gracious thank you to...

        Marcus Samuelsson and team for curating the menu
        The Embassy of Canada's chefs for contributing flavours and skills
        Mama Fresh Injera PLC for the spices and injera for the menu
        Andrew Umhau, M.D. for the Impact Investor Cocktail
        Metad for the coffee, roasted by Qualia in D.C.

        To find out more about RENEW or the IAN, contact us at, follow us on Twitter @RENEWLLC or find us on Instagram @impactangelnetwork. Be sure to check out our upcoming events, including the upcoming Econ-Tourism Trip February 18-24, 2018 and the National Gathering on October 27, 2017.