RENEW Strategies

RENEW’s 2018 Winter Investor Trip

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Erin O'Connor
| January 30, 2018

In January, RENEW partners Matt & Laura Davis were in the U.S. for some visits with Impact Angel Network members and others interested in RENEW’s work in Ethiopia. The trip included visits to Texas, Atlanta, and New York City. They had a great trip speaking with investors, connectors, entrepreneurs and advocates about investing in Africa!

Here are some of the trip highlights:

  • First, we were hosted by the Allen’s in Texas! Longtime members of the IAN…
  • After that, it was off to Dallas, Texas where we co-hosted two events. The first, was an evening networking event with Dan Glanville and the second was an intimate lunch event with IAN member, Frank Roby. Thank you for all the time you put in to pull these events together – we couldn’t have done it without you!
  • In Atlanta, we had a packed scheduled – meeting with IAN members, businesses, and individuals interested in investing in Africa. We closed off our Atlanta dates with an event co-hosted with Scott Sadler from Boardwalk Capital Management. We had a great turn out and it’s clear the interest in a different discourse about Africa as a place of opportunity rather than problems is starting to take hold in the U.S.
  • Our last stop for this trip was New York City! One highlight was a lunch session hosted at Columbia University’s CI3 (Columbia Impact Investing Initiative) where we spoke about impacting investing in East Arica: turning small and medium enterprises into market leaders. With over 50 people in attendance, we had the opportunity to answer some great questions, and see what is currently happening on campus.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this winter trip a huge success! The partners are also starting to plan their spring trips for the U.S. and Canada! Are you located in Delaware, Washington D.C., Charlottesville, New York City, Toronto, Ottawa or Montreal and want to meet with RENEW? Contact us today for more information.

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 September 23 - 29, 2018.