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Elumelu set for historic White House presentation

11 May 2015, 09:22Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Locally-born African business leader and philanthropist, Tony Elumelu, will later on Monday speak at an event United States President, Barack Obama, is scheduled to host to celebrate emerging entrepreneurs around the globe.

The event is a prelude to Obama's scheduled trip to Kenya this summer for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

The White House event will bring together established and emerging entrepreneurs from all over the world who can benefit from the support and commitment of investors, governments, private foundations, and individuals.

Elumelu is said to be the only non-American speaker at the event.

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Other speakers joining Obama and Elumelu to promote entrepreneurship at the White House event include Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks; Barbara Corcoran; Founder of Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners; Daymond John, Chief Executive Officer and founder of FUBU - all investors on the hit ABC show Shark Tank; Antonio Gracias, Founder of Valor Equity Partners; and Julie Hanna, Founder of Kiva.

Elumelu, the United Bank for Africa Chairman is no stranger to the promotion of global entrepreneurs.

His foundation recently launched the $100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme, which aims to assist in growing 10 000 start-up companies across the African continent over the next ten years. 

- CAJ News

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