CARIBBEAN DIASPORA ANGEL INVESTOR NETWORK
Safely Invest from Abroad in Private Companies Back Home
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The Caribbean Diaspora Angel Investor Network (CDAIN) is a community of professional and self-employed individuals of Caribbean ancestry, and others, seeking to invest in vetted Caribbean private enterprises--from startups to established firms--with compelling products and services, strong value propositions, and significant growth potential. Through a US-based platform, CDAIN empowers the diaspora, enabling wealth creation while minimizing the risks associated with investing in promising small businesses 'back home'.
Mission + Values
Entrepreneurs are an important resource of economic growth. Their activities stimulate other businesses and, sometimes even sectors, which can spur broader growth and development. CDAIN supports standout entrepreneurs, teams and ideas that have a positive impact in their communities, including being a source of employment and overall economic development in regional and domestic economies.
Entrepreneurs create wealth when the value of their enterprises increase over time. Sadly, most entrepreneurs are 'starved' for capital to fund their operations. And few avenues exist for supporters who do not have a certain net worth to safely invest in these promising businesses. As a result, both groups are locked out of opportunities for wealth creation. CDAIN connects founders in the Caribbean with diaspora supporters, providing seats at the table.
The Caribbean diaspora is strong, with deep roots back home, even if they haven't been home in decades--or ever. The region's cultural elements help keep the diaspora tied to home. CDAIN furthers this connection to the places of ancestry by providing a platform and services for the diaspora to actively support stand-out founders, businesses, job creation and overall advancement--one investment at a time.
“The forces that unite us are intrinsic and greater than the superimposed influences that keep us apart.”
Gillian, founder of Antillia Ventures, has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets, private equity, venture capital and impact investing with organizations like JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin Energy and Citigroup. She has developed expertise in cleantech and agri-food tech, and managed a strategy team that partnered with start-up companies for the commercialization of innovative climate tech products. Gillian is involved with various incubators and accelerators.
Dr. Williams is a former Experimental Therapeutics Translational Scientist turned Investor, Intellectual Property Strategist and Innovation enthusiast. Dr. Williams is named as an inventor on several US and Foreign patents. She is a Partner in Black Pearl Global Investments, and is the author of a book about angel investing.
Cynthia is the Director of Berkley Center for Entrepreneurship at NYU Stern School of Business. Cynthia possesses a strong history of working with entrepreneurial ventures and startup founders. She is a deeply experienced business operations professional who is skilled at new venture creation, entrepreneurship education, and program development. Cynthia and her team lead the Berkley Innovation Labs $300K Entrepreneurs Challenge, one of the largest startup competitions and startup accelerators in the world.
DR. SHANTé WILLIAMS
Lydia Idem is an investment advisor, investor, and trader with 25 years of experience. She has been featured in FORBES and CNNMoney. Lydia is founder of FM Capital Group, a registered investment advisory firm that empowers investors. She has also been ranked a top Finance influencer on Twitter. Lydia possesses a MS in Management from Georgia Tech and a BS in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University.
Jaimee Prass is currently an analyst at a Fortune 500 company exploring the future of global and emerging digital payment solutions. As a graduate of Columbia University, Jaimee focused on international relations and development, exploring topics related to the Caribbean, particularly the role China can play in the future of Caribbean development.
Oslene possesses over 25 years of experience in business development, supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in New York City and State government agencies, serving in senior management positions at U.S. Fortune 500 corporations, leading nonprofit and educational organizations, and launching several businesses—in and outside of large organizations. Her experience also includes strategic planning, organizational development, business development, fundraising, operations management, marketing, and corporate finance.