African startups in the last decade have become the budding attraction in the world as
they have leveraged the internet to create and promote innovative solutions that impact
society positively and create great economic value.
Using technology, the founders have built critical products and services across industries
such as health, agriculture, business, education, finance, transportation, etc
We want to highlight our top 10 African Tech founders and their startups.
- Olugbenga Agboola, Flutterwave
Olugbenga Agboola is the co-founder and CEO of Flutterwave. Prior to co-founding
Flutterwave, Olugbenga contributed to the development of fintech solutions at several
tech companies like PayPal, Standard Bank, among others. Flutterwave has
transformed the payments system in Africa, and the rest of the world as it recently
announced a partnership with PayPal, a global payment system in its mission to provide
the easiest and most reliable payments solution for freelancers and businesses anywhere in
- Chilufya Mutale, PremierCredit
Chilufya Mutale is the co-founder and CEO of PremierCredit which is a micro-lending
startup that offers micro-loans to Zambian entrepreneurs and small scale traders, many
of whom are women, helping them with the much-needed capital to grow their
It was founded in 2019 and now with the support of its partner bank in Zimbabwe,
PremierCredit provides affordable bicycles, smartphones and solar equipment on a pay-
as-you-go (PAYG) basis to underserved communities. PremierCredit was able to raise
$650,000 funding to scale its operations in Zambia and Zimbabwe
- Onyeka Akumah, FarmCrowdy
Onyeka is a serial tech entrepreneur as he is the co-founder of FarCrowdy, PlentyWaka,
CrowdyVest and RentSmallSmall. FarmCrowdy started as an avenue to raise funds for
small scale farmers.
Since its inception in 2015, he has led the company through significant milestones which
include closing $2.4m in equity investments and raising $20M for its network of over
- Gabriel Ekman, BAG Innovation
Gabriel Ekman is the co-founder and CEO of BAG Innovation which is a gamified digital
platform that collaborates with Universities and employers in East Africa to offer real-
time access to experience-based learning for University students.
Through their platform, they are delivering interactive assessments from employers that
build up a skills profile for students to receive personalized career guidance from year 1
of their studies and match the right skills-need upon graduation.
- Charlette Desire N’Guessan, BACE
is an Ivorian technology entrepreneur and co-founder of the BACE Group, a
company that uses facial recognition and artificial intelligence to verify identities
remotely. She is also the first woman to emerge as the winner of the Royal Academy
of Engineering’s prestigious 2020 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
- Osita Oparaugo, Ogelle
Osita Oparaugo is the founder of Ogelle which is an online video-sharing resource and
entertainment platform for African content only. Osita, a UK-trained lawyer, has built the
largest aggregator of user-generated African entertainment content anywhere in the
In two years of operation, Ogelle has recorded over one million views, more than
100,000 app downloads on iOS and Android combined, over 50,000 videos in English,
Swahili, and other African languages.
- Temie Giwa-Tubosun, LifeBank
Temie is a Nigerian-American health manager and founder of LifeBank, a business
enterprise in Nigeria working to improve access to blood transfusions in the country.
LifeBank’s aims to educate people on the importance of blood donation for anyone in
need of blood and increase accessibility to blood banks. It does this by working with
hospitals and clinics. LifeBank has raised a total of $225K in funding.
- Odunayo Eweniyi, Piggyvest
Odunayo Eweniyi is the Cofounder and COO at Piggyvest, an online platform that
helps individuals and businesses save and invest with ease. She also co-founded
pushcv.com, one of the largest job sites in Africa with the largest database of pre-
As Piggybank.ng, Piggyvest operated in partnership with 2 Microfinance banks and used
their licenses. However, in early 2018, Piggyvest acquired Gold Microfinance bank and its
Piggyvest has raised a total of $1.1million in funding.
- Tim Rimbui, Waabeh
Tim Rimbui is the co-founder and CEO of the music startup, an online music portal he
started to help combat piracy.
Having worked in the industry for more than a decade, Rimbui has been able to
establish significant partnerships with global partners such as Warner Bros, BBC and
So far, Waabeh has over 10,000 downloads and delivers over 330,000 streams of its
- Bosun Tijani, Co-Creation Hub
Bosun is a Nigerian-British entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Co-Creation Hub – a place
that uses innovation to accelerate the creation of social tech ventures for the good of society.
CcHub is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space where technologists, social
entrepreneurs, government, impact investors and hackers can collaborate to create
a pan-African innovation enabler that works at the forefront of accelerating the application of
innovation and social capital for a better society.
It was founded in 2014 and since then has been instrumental in helping startups launch
successfully. It has raised a total of $5.5m in funding.
There you have it! Our top 10 Most Influential Tech founders in Africa. Do you have a
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