Shark Tank investors top bill at GES in Kenya

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Three of the investors from United States (US) live pitching television show Shark Tank will be keynote speakers at the approaching Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event – which has previously taken place in the US, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Malaysia, and Morocco – will take place in Nairobi on July 25-26, marked by the first visit to Kenya of Barack Obama since he became president.

GES organisers have confirmed that Shark Tank investors Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John and Mark Cuban will be among the 3,000 delegates, and will give keynote speeches at the event.

Corcoran is the founder of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners, John runs FUBU, while Cuban is the owner of basketball team the Dallas Mavericks. Other keynote speakers include Tony Elumelu, founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, and Antonio Gracias, founder of Valor Equity Partners.

The event will feature a number of sessions on topics such as “Financing Entrepreneurship”, “Getting Ready for Growth”, and “Protecting Intellectual Capital”, as well as breakout networking and mentoring sessions.

Disrupt Africa reported this week Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta said the country was a “fitting” host for this year’s GES, as the country “epitomises the transformational power” of entrepreneurial possibility.

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