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Steven Freidmutter


Chairman Of The Board

Steven Freidmutter, Is A Seasoned Mentor, Advisor, Investor, And Friend To Two Generations Of African Entrepreneurs.


He Has Been A Force On The Cutting Edge Of Business For 40+ Years.


He Is An Early Investor In Many Startups And Venture Capital Funds In The US And In Africa, Including Chloe Capital And Launch Africa Ventures, Through Which He Shows His Support For Under-Funded Minority And Female Founders.


Steven Has An Impressive Background As The Visiting Entrepreneur For Tech Transfer At Cornell University, Where He Shared His Extensive Knowledge Of Business And Entrepreneurship With Students And Faculty From 2012-2015.


His Expertise Has Been Recognized Through Numerous Interviews In Financial Publications And Public Speaking Engagements Aimed At Encouraging African Success.


Now, Steven Is Looking Forward To Collaborating With Like-Minded Individuals And Enterprises To Become A Positive Force In Botswana.


His Commitment To Driving Innovation And Supporting Emerging Entrepreneurs Is Unwavering, And He Remains An Important Figure In The African Business Community.


Sahil Affriya

President Of The Board

Sahil Affriya Is A Visionary Entrepreneur And Investor With An Impressive Track Record Of Success In The Tech Industry.

As A Founding Member Of Build Ventures Africa, Sahil Has Played A Pivotal Role In Supporting Startups And Building Innovative Products Across Africa.

He Is Also The Founder Of Peprosys, A Tech Venture Builder That Provides Invaluable Assistance To Startups In Various Domains Such As HealthTech, MarketingTech, LogisticsTech, E-Commerce, And Gig-Economy.

Sahil's Expertise And Experience Extend Beyond His Role As An Entrepreneur. As A Former Principal At Savant Capital, A Cape Town-Based Venture Capital Firm, Sahil Was Responsible For Managing The End-To-End Fund Flow - From Raising Funds As A VC To Deploying Cash To Startups. Additionally, He Serves On The Advisory Board Of Nigeria-Based E-Village And USA/Zimbabwe-Based Elisa Network, A Global Community Of Passionate Entrepreneurs And Investors Dedicated To Transforming Africa.

Sahil's Educational Background Reflects His Spot-On Integration Of People, Business, And Technology.

 He Holds An MBA From The University Of Cape Town's Graduate School Of Business, As Well As An MBA-Exchange From WHU-Otto Beisheim School Of Management.

In Addition To His Business Degrees, Sahil Holds An MTech In Software Engineering And A B. Tech In Computer Science And Engineering.

He Has Also Pursued Post-Graduate Studies In Human Rights.

Overall, Sahil's Entrepreneurial Spirit, Technical Expertise, And Financial Acumen Make Him An Invaluable Asset To Any Team Or Organization Seeking To Innovate And Grow In Today's Rapidly Evolving Tech Industry


Dr. Cvic Innocent

Vice President

Of The Board  

Dr. Cvic Innocent Is An Accomplished Startup Advisor, Investor And Competitive Intelligence Professional With A Wealth Of Experience In Identifying And Evaluating Cutting-Edge Technologies Across The Deep-Tech, Sustainability, And Decentralized Finance (Defi) Sectors.


With A Global Perspective, Her Work Has Spanned Across The US And Several Countries In Africa, Positioning Her As A Trusted Thought Leader.


With An Impressive Track Record Of Success, Cvic Has Worked In VC Spaces, Evaluated Investments, And Piloted Industrial-Academic Partnerships.


She Is Passionate About Driving Innovation And Collaboration Across A Wide Range Of Industries And Does So Through Her Efforts As A Member Of Several Boards, Through Working In The Private Sector, And With Experience In The Public Sector, Including Her Roles As Vice President Of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships For A Local Chamber Of Commerce, And As A Certified Deep Tech Advisor For FedTech.


Dr Innocent's Educational Background Includes Postdoctoral Training At The University Of Oxford, Doctoral Training At Cornell University, And A Career Start At NASA - National Aeronautics And Space Administration.


Additionally, Her Commitment To Highlighting Interesting & Profitable Science & Technology Opportunities Is Demonstrated Through Her Recognition (A 2022 SPIE Woman Of Optics, And As A 2-Time Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Innovation Scientist), Making Her A Sought-After Speaker And Advisor For Finding Interesting-And-Timely-IP That Can Turn Into Innovative Startup Enterprises.


Currently Serving As CTO At Estate Protocol And Board Member At Erez Capital, Cvic Is Dedicated To Driving Innovation And Growth In The Technology, Sustainability, & Defi Sectors For Founders And Entrepreneurs. Thus, Her Unique Insight For Science And Technology Cases, Combined With Her Impressive Business Acumen, Allows Her To Identify Promising Investment Opportunities, Yielding Impressive Returns.


Mooketsi T.M.J Morolong

Chief Executive Officer


Mooketsi T.M.J Morolong Is A Seasoned Business Professional With A Strong Background In Entrepreneurship And Business Management.


He Holds A Bachelor Of Arts (Hons) Degree In Business Management From The University Of Derby, Where He Gained A Solid Understanding Of Business Strategy, Financial Management, And Marketing.


After Completing His Studies, Mooketsi Gained Valuable Experience Working In Different Industries. He Interned At Earth Capital, Where He Gained Experience In Ideation, Due Diligence And Sustainable Investing.


He Went On To Work As A Data Capturer At Botswana Life Insurance, The Largest Insurance Company In Botswana, Where He Developed Strong Analytical Skills And An In-Depth Understanding Of Data Management, Efficient Data Capture Processes And Complex Data Sets.


Mooketsi's Entrepreneurial Spirit Then Led Him To Establish Home-Acres, An Asset Management Platform For Retail Users. As The Founder And CEO Of Home-Acres, He Developed And Implemented Business Strategies That Will Enable Retail Investors To Manage Their Investments Effectively, Offering Accessibility And Transparency.


Mooketsi Is Very Passionate About Supporting African Startups. He Is Dedicated To Helping Entrepreneurs Develop Innovative And Sustainable Businesses. He Has Provided Mentorship And Guidance To Several Startups In Africa, Focusing On Supporting Young People And Emerging Entrepreneurs On The Continent.


Overall, Mooketsi T.M.J Morolong Is A Highly Skilled And Driven Business Professional. With His Strong Analytical Skills, Entrepreneurial Spirit, And Passion For Supporting African Startups, He Is Well-Positioned To Make A Significant Impact On The Startup Scene In Africa.

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