Thursday, 3 September 2009

TANCon 2009

TANCon 2009, to be held on 3 October 2009 at the Stanford Campus, Palo Alto, California, is the world’s sole event of its kind for entrepreneurs of African descent. Explains Isaac Rutenberg:
"The target audience includes entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 business leaders, venture capitalists, investment bankers, government policy makers and other entrepreneurial ecosystem organizations. Our theme this year is “Africa: Uncovering Entrepreneurial Opportunities", to provide future and current entrepreneurs the tools needed to establish and develop successful companies.

One panel discussion will be devoted to IP and development. For the entrepreneur, strategic management of IP is vitally important to the success of a business. IP rights, whether domestic or foreign, can be valuable assets capable of attracting investment, generating revenue, and supporting further innovation. Failure to take IP rights seriously, however, can result in loss of property rights or, worse, infringement lawsuits. African entrepreneurs face a range of challenges relating to IP, including structural and financial challenges. This panel will discuss general issues of IP management as well as the issues that apply specifically to African entrepreneurs.

TAN is a global non-profit organization with the sole mandate of fostering entrepreneurship and technology in Africa and among people of African descent worldwide".
If you want to know more about this year's programme, click here.

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