Kwame Anku is the CEO and Chairman of the Black Star Fund, a venture capital fund that invests in Black technology and innovation entrepreneurs. He also heads New Dawn Global Enterprises, an international growth consulting service company with clients that includes New Community Transformation Fund and Alabama Power Company.
Named “One of the Top 25 Black Venture Capitalists to Watch in 2018” by Pitchbook, Kwame is the only venture capitalist in the United States that has created two funds with All-Black portfolios with at least 50% women in both funds.. In September 2018, Kwame was selected to be one of only twenty-one recipients of the prestigious Aspen Ascend Fellowship from The Aspen Institute.
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 in Africa, Asia and the US.
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 garnered two invitations to the Obama White House to share ideas and best practices with leaders from around the United States.
Kwame serves on the Board of Regents for North Central University, on the board of directors for Operation iDream in Zambia, the startup tech firms Win-Win and Bandwagon and on the Presidential Advisory Board for the Carlsen Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Sacramento State University.
Kwame is an honors graduate of Stanford University.