Team Leadership

Our purpose is to help unlock & accelerate Africa’s emerging SME & tech entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Emeka Ajene
Founder & Managing Partner

Pursuing interests at the intersection of innovation, technological disruption, and social impact in Africa, Emeka moved to Lagos, Nigeria, several years ago, and has since led Nigerian operations & business development for Uber, and strategic customer experience & marketing functions for Konga, a leading Nigerian e-commerce company.

His professional experiences also include Fortune 500 CEO- and board-level financial & strategic advisory within Citigroup’s Mergers & Acquisitions division; Fortune 500 CEO- & management-level consumer internet consulting at Compete Inc., a digital intelligence consultancy created by preeminent startup studio, Idealab; and impact investment screening & analysis at Investors’ Circle, a social-impact focused network of angel investors, venture capitalists, and philanthropic foundations.

He began his career in education, teaching at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China, and at the elite New England prep school, Phillips Academy, in Andover, Massachusetts, where he was recognized with the M. Lawrence Shields fellowship designation for his influence on the student body & school community.

He holds a JD (Juris Doctor) in business law from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he advised startups as a student attorney in the inaugural class of the school’s Entrepreneurship Clinic and was awarded the first-place Alden J. “Butch” Carpenter Memorial Scholarship award for demonstrated commitment to social impact and community development.

He also holds an MBA with emphases in Entrepreneurial Growth Strategy & Finance from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was selected to serve on the Wolverine Venture Fund, the school’s student-run venture capital fund.

Additionally, he holds a BA with honors in economics and mathematics from Morehouse College, an institution whose focus on ethical & socially conscious leadership he considers to be a guiding influence.