The 20|Startups campaign is aimed at launching twenty innovative Africa-based digital startup businesses and nonprofit organizations by the year 2020. Over the course of five years, Lawrence Blake Group Int’l. will help incubate and bring to market organizations across the technology, sciences, and arts industries, with the goal of highlighting the wealth of talent across the continent of Africa.
“Our goal is to help introduce the world to amazing people and organizations pioneering innovation that will benefit humanity as a whole.” Says Lawrence Blake Group Int’l. Founder L. Blake Harvey. He continues, “the level of creativity at our firm is inspiring, and I know that we’ll truly be able to add value to the startups that we’re able to work with.”
Participating organizations are paired with an industry expert who will serve as a mentor and advisor, and their journey will be documented via in-depth video blogs and articles, allowing the public to enjoy a first-hand look into the day-to-day life of a startup and all those involved. There are no costs associated with participation, and accepted organizations benefit from receiving up to a year’s worth of public relations, digital marketing, and development services via Lawrence Blake Ventures, a division of Lawrence Blake Group Int’l. extending probono strategic communications services.
At the 2014 U.S.-Africa Business Forum, President Obama announced $7 billion in new financing to promote U.S. exports to and investments in Africa under the Doing Business In Africa Campaign (DBIA), which demonstrates both the economic and social benefits of encouraging international business development. The DBIA Campaign encourages U.S. commercial engagement in Africa by harnessing the resources of the U.S. government to assist businesses in identifying and seizing opportunities and to engage with members of the African Diaspora in the United States. Learn more about the DBIA.