On the 17th & 18th October 2011 the first Clean Technology business and investment matchmaking conference for the African continent is to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Sandton (Johannesburg) South Africa.
Called Viridis Africa, the event is dedicated to entrepreneurs and corporates who are seeking funding to introduce clean technology solutions and services.
Principals who would present their business opportunities at this event would have the audience of numerous local and foreign investors, stratified according to their interest and investment criteria.
Investors would include venture capital, private equity, project and corporate finance outfits and others dedicated to the clean tech sector. They would also include North American, European funding agencies, major Asian industrial conglomerates, technology specific investment funds and major companies who seek strategic alliance and acquisitions.
Please note that the deadline for your business proposal submission is 30th of July 2011.
Thank you for the comment and I apologize for my delay. Is the question, what can better help communities in Africa pull themselves out of poverty and reduce a tendency for war, charitable organizations or businesses?
If I am understanding your question correctly, then here are my thoughts. I think it is somewhat of a false choice because both nonprofits and businesses can provide opportunities to better the community. For example nonprofits can be really good at responding quickly to a crisis or providing support to marginalized peoples. Business on the other hand will do a better job providing wage-earning opportunities. Furthermore, if a business can create a product/service that local people can in turn sell/provide the business can make a profit at the same time as the individual. Not to mention that the potential market in 3rd world countries for particular products is largely untapped.
But, nevertheless I think the best solution is when business and charitable organizations work together.
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