By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

Kwame Anku

Starting Monday, Nov. 14, the Carlsen Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Western Health Advantage present a Sacramento Entrepreneurial State of the Union in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2022. The week will feature discussions about the region’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, as well as a full week of events, workshops, presentations and competitions.

Kwame Anku, once named a “Top 25 Black Venture Capitalist” by Pitchbook, will be featured as a keynote at “GEW: Opportunity and Possibility – The Pathway to Success,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. He’ll share in an inspirational discussion exploring the concept of opportunity and possibility as a mindset to creating success.

Anku has worked extensively in business development and media marketing for more than 20 years. In September 2018, he was selected as one of only 21 recipients of the prestigious “Aspen Ascend Fellowship” from the Aspen Institute.

Anku is the CEO and chairman of the Black Star Fund, an early-stage innovation fund. Prior to the Black Star Fund, he co-founded and served as principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund, a pioneering fund that focused on capitalizing Black technology entrepreneurs.

Anku holds local ties as a mentor for the Founder Institute Sacramento. He also serves on the advisory board of the Carlsen Center, housed at Sacramento State.

Learn more about GEW events.