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A venture established by Black Coffee in 2017 to invest in early stage businesses, create and produce video content and develop software.
A streaming app focused on the African Market.
Andela is solving the global technical talent shortage by building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers. In four years, Andela has hired 1,000 developers out of more than 100,000 applicants and become known as the “Best Place to Work in Africa,” with tech campuses in Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala, and Kigali. Backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, GV and Spark Capital, Andela is powering global engineering teams while catalyzing the growth of tech ecosystems across the African continent.
Epione Healthcare Solutions (“Epione”) is a partnership between clinicians, investors, operators and strategists established to develop, invest in, own and operate healthcare facilities in Africa. Their vision is to become the largest provider of quality, affordable and sustainable healthcare services for all. They are executing a twopronged strategy in primary and secondary healthcare anchored on a TRUE PARTNERSHIP with clinicians.
GOSPËL is based on the belief that music and creativity is the most powerful spiritual connection there is. GOSPËL was established in SoHo in 2017 as a house for the arts community and its audiences who have collectively created a home in New York City. GOSPËL is a restaurant, a stage, and a haven to unplug and reconnect. GOSPËL’s mission is to provide a meeting point of creativity beyond nightlife, and to establish a place for imagination to replenish; to find inspiration and revel in comfort through the ritual of shared food with live music.
Yamee help food merchants in Africa grow their businesses by providing eCommerce solutions that give them access to digital customers, payments and additional business models – as well as provide convenience to end users by disrupting the way they eat.
Gallo Record Company has been in business for more than 90 years and is focused on the acquisition of music rights, representing artists, recording, manufacturing, digital and physical distribution, and the sale of pre-recorded music and video in SA and internationally. As an established and iconic music label, it boasts a stable that includes some of the biggest artists to come out of South Africa.
Yoco is an African technology company that builds tools and services to help small businesses get paid, run their business better, and grow. They believe that by opening up more possibilities for entrepreneurs to be successful, they can help create more jobs, enable people to thrive and help to drive our economy forward.
Rensource Energy is a leading provider of off-grid energy. It is uses best-in-class technology, financial innovation, and a robust operational infrastructure to build West Africa’s largest portfolio of microutilities.
Rocean is not only committed to sustainable, eco-friendly and transparent practices, but to innovative design and simple solutions. What is the problem they tackling? More than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans every year. That’s why they are creating smart home products that make a positive impact and reduce the world’s reliance on so-called ‘disposable’ plastic.
SweepSouth’s aim is to modernise home services and to be the African pioneers in bringing technology to the industry. With over seven thousand cleaners, and thousands of satisfied customers being served monthly, they are just getting started. Their mission is to create happy homes by providing dignified, flexible work at decent pay to their SweepStars.
Matwetwe (Wizard) is a coming of age adventure following Lefa and Papi, best friends and recent high school graduates, on the hustle of their young lives. Over the course of one action packed New Years Eve in the iconic township of Atteridgeville, the boys try to score a huge deal, dodge a king pin gangster and his violent minions, get the girl and ultimately save their lives in this hilarious and sometimes very serious escapade.
Nkosinathi Maphumulo a.k.a. Black Coffee is a music producer and DJ with over 2 decades’ experience in the music industry. He is arguably Africa’s biggest DJ and musical act. He has collaborated and worked with artists such as Drake, Alicia Keys, Usher, Pharrell and Hugh Masekela to name but a few.
Outside of music, his interests are wide and varied. He stays connected to the latest trends in fashion, art, tech and property. Reserved, hard working and intellectual – his passions, though not well known to the public, were the basis for him forming Flightmode Digital. The name Flightmode came from the time he spent in between DJ gigs on planes where all his devices were turned off. While most people would be sleeping and resting, he used that time to create music and strategise about his business interests.
Simukayi is the Managing Partner of Flightmode Digital. During his time with the company he has worked on the investment into some of Africa’s most exciting startups such as YOCO, SweepSouth and Resource. His current focus is the development of GongBox.
Prior to joining Flightmode he cofounded Wabona, a streaming service for African Movies, TV shows and Documentaries. While in operation this service garnered an audience of just under half a million users. He also worked at WeChat Africa facilitating greater adoption and use of the product within Multichoice Africa. Upon graduating from UCT with a degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management he started his career at Investec Private Bank.