We choose to believe something good can happen

Our Vision

To Grow the African Continent

We choose to believe that something good can happen when we mentor and fund young African entrepreneurs - being in the diaspora should not limit our engagement in the burgeoning African startup ecosystem. We created DAN to help entrepreneurs unleash potential that creates value for customers and investors.
Tomi Davis

A message from our chairman

As President of the African Business Angel Network (ABAN) and co-founder of the Lagos Angel Network (LAN). I am heavily involved in the Angel Investing ecosystem on the continent. I am also acutely aware of the giant processive strides taken in the last couple of years:more mentorship, and a lot of more networking is taking place and all for the better.

I believe that Africa’s future is being built today in African cities by entrepreneurs with business ventures using innovation and technology to create social and economic value. As a Business Angel nurturing a growing portfolio of tech-enabled startups originating from Africa. my personal goal is to help “drive” the development of Africa through entrepreneurship support organizations such as business angel groups and innovation hubs”

However, on my travels outside the continent, I am increasingly becoming aware that angel investors in the diaspora are missing out on the opportunity to participate in the growing African startup ecosystem either as investors or mentors.

The Diaspora Angel Network (DAN) was founded to bridge this gap. Working closely with the founders and members, we are determined to build a unique angel network that I hope becomes a Model for many more.

Tomi Davis (TD)

Gerrad & Isobel Olisa-Ashar

Why we founded DAN

We both came back to England over two decades ago – leaving family and friends behind in search for opportunities we couldn’t find back home in Nigeria.

Fast forward 20 years, the journey has been truly rewarding – along the wat we’ve found each=other, started our own family, found new friends and built successful careers.

Today, we are still in search for opportunity but this time it is the opportunity to give back to the millions of talented young girls and boys in Africa. We are looking for opportunities to mentor and fund the bright ideas that young African focused entrepreneurs are building on.

We choose to believe that something good can happen when we mentor and fund young African entrepreneurs – being in the diaspora should not limit our engagement in the burgeoning African startup ecosystem. That’s why we’ve created the Diaspora Angel Network (DAN) – a business angel network of qualified Angel Investors who live in the diaspora but want to engage in, what we call, the African Opportunity.

We work closely with startup incubation hubs and business angel networks in Africa to find entrepreneurs who have great ambitions for the continent and have a product or service that is generating revenue.

We created DAN to help entrepreneurs unleash potential that creates value for customers and investors 

Gerrad & Isobel Olisa-Ashar

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