Press Conference by President Obama and PM Hailemariam Desalegn, in Addis Ababa

Obama to AfricaObama’s Africa trip is all about trade, investment, and tech

As entrepreneurship takes off in countries like Kenya and Africa, the President will be looking for more ways to boost that growth.

When President Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia this week, his agenda will include many issues, such as regional security and human rights. But a dominant focus of the President and his delegation will be expanding business and enterprise in Africa, as he hosts the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi, bringing along over 200 U.S. investors.

“A priority of President Obama, and a goal of the Summit, is exporting U.S. expertise in entrepreneurship and innovation abroad,” says U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

GES, a U.S. government sponsored forum, aims to foster business leaders in frontier and emerging markets. It also enlists notable Americans as entrepreneurship ambassadors—among them Internet pioneer Steve Case, Shark Tank’s Daymond John, and AirBnB founder Brian Chesky, all of whom will be in Kenya with Pritzker and the President to mentor young African entrepreneurs on attracting capital, managing risk, and launching new ventures.

Ethiopia rising“Ethiopia Rising”: High level event held in Addis Ababa

A High-level Side Event entitled “Ethiopia Rising: Determined to become a Carbon Neutral Middle Income Manufacturing Hubby 2025” was held today (July 14) at Sheraton Addis Hotel, in Addis Ababa. The High Level event was one of the most important events held on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development and chaired by Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The High Level event was also attended by Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank. Private sector views from Mr. Zemedeneh Negatu, Ernst and Young Managing Partner for Ethiopia and Ms. Bethelehem Tilahun, Founder and Executive Director of Sole Rebels were presented on the business opportunities and environments in Ethiopia.


Tesfay CircusExciting news for Tigray Festival 2015 in Seattle


It is confirmed! Tesfai Gebreyohanes​ aka father of Circus Tigrai, also known for his song "Gual Hagereseb" (ጏል ሃገረሰብ) will be at Tigray Festival 2015 in Seattle.

It is very fitting that 19 years ago, the last time Tigray Festival was hosted in Seattle, Tesfai and his circus Tigray crew members were a big part of it.

Tesfai has a rich history in creativity & entertainment and Tigray Festival organizers are excited to have him!!


Tigray Festival 2015, in Seattle - Plan ahead !

 Important event addresses to consider while choosing hotel location


  • Main Party Event, Saturday, Aug. 1st

        Address: Doubletree Hotel

       18740 International Blvd, Seattle, WA


  • Public Meeting with Government Officials, Saturday, Aug. 1st, day time

       Address: 2323 E Cherry St Seattle WA


  • Youth Programs, Friday, July 31, night time

      Address: 2929 27th Ave S. Seattle, WA

       More updates will follow!


Hotel Reservation

Following are some hotels recommended by the festival logistics committee in Seattle. Recommendations are based on proximity to most of the festival event as well as price range.

1. Georgetown

2. BestWestern

3. Nexus.

Transportation while in Seattle

The Festival logistics subcommittee has negotiated a 15% discount on all listed rates for transportation around the city. You may find it helpful. Plus they are members of our own community. Please mention "Tigray Festival" to get the discount.


Kathryn and MaxRainbows4Childern founders share their honor with supporters

Dear friends of Rainbows4Children

We wanted to let you know that on Saturday 4th July, Rainbows4children was recognised by Mekele University for the work done over the past 12 years in support of the children of parents with disabilities. The university has awarded honorary doctorates to both of us which we accepted on behalf of our trustees, our supporters, our school staff and our partners, the Tigray Disabled Veterans. We wanted to pass on this news to you straight away and to thank you for your personal contribution to the success which has resulted in the recognition given to Rainbows4children.



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