Adolf Akuffo-Afful also known as "Addie" is an aspiring ecosystem builder here in Upstate NY. In his professional career he has worked in the venture capital space first starting at Partech Partners in their Senegalese subsidiary and now jumping into the equity crowdfunding space with Wefunder, an American based Equity Crowdfunding platform. He holds an Entrepreneur In Residence position at the Urban League of Rochester in partnership with Jumpstarts and KeyBank. As well as sits on the board for a few Upstate NY startups and businesses. On the more personal spectrum he has made it his mission to establish programs that benefit individuals who define themselves as a minority or women in business. The first being ROC The Room, which was established in late 2019 as a platform for local underrepresented creatives to pitch their ideas to a room full of their community members and get feedback, resources and of course bragging rights once they win, and is now on its 4th event. There are some exciting things brewing in the Upstate NY ecosystem and Addie wants to bring inclusivity to the forefront of those initiatives.