Kwame Anku is a Co-Founder & Principal of the Black Angel Tech Fund with a primary focus on portfolio building, portfolio management, strategic partnerships and investor relations.
Recently named “One of the Top 25 Black Venture Capitalists to Watch in 2018” by Pitchbook, Kwame has worked extensively in business development and media marketing blending entrepreneurship, social impact and corporate engagement for over two decades.
Kwame entered into the tech industry after being personally recruited by the late legendary rock star Prince to develop his mobile app, overseeing business and development teams on Africa, Asia and the US. He later went on to serve as the National Director of Strategic Development for the Prince-inspired #YesWeCode initiative, where he developed corporate and media partnerships with NBC Universal, Comcast, Ford Motor Company Fund, ESSENCE magazine, Alabama Power, The City of Oakland, The City of Detroit, The City of Birmingham, and Google.
Kwame has appeared on numerous national television and radio programs including CNN, MSNBC, BBC Worldwide, SiriusXM, & National Public Radio. He has spoken extensively around the United States encouraging diverse audiences to think differently about social inclusion and technology. His work with youth tech inclusivity garnered two invitations to the Obama White House to share ideas and best practices with leaders from around the United States.
Kwame recently delivered a powerful keynote address at the Google For Entrepreneurs’ Black Wall Street Conference in Durham, North Carolina and been a featured speaker at The Essence Festival in New Orleans, Culture Shifting Weekend in New York City, The National Black Chamber of Commerce in Washington. D.C., The Ford Freedom Awards in Detroit, the Association of Black Foundation Executives Conference in Napa Valley, and shared the stage with Silicon Valley legend Ken Coleman and Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant at the Tech JXN Conference in Jackson, Mississippi.
Kwame is a mentor for both the 2017 AT&T Aspire Accelerator and Founder Institute Sacramento. He serves on the board of directors for Operation iDream in Zambia, Enza Academy in New York City and the startup tech firm, Bandwagon.
Kwame is a partner at Mercury Estates, co-developer of Ayi Mensah Park, a 218 unit town house community in Accra, Ghana, a lead investor at Premium Vegetables Co Ltd, one of the largest hydroponic tomato green house facilities in Ghana and business development advisor to several early stage companies.
Kwame is an honors graduate of Stanford University.