The Releaf Group is an online consulting platform that leverages the talents of the African diaspora to develop businesses on the continent. We provide African SMEs with tailored expertise necessary to position them for capital investment. We’ve piloted consulting services to eight businesses in Nigeria’s agriculture sector. On our platform, entrepreneurs handpick Specialists to complete inexpensive projects in their businesses. By completing projects with several SMEs, we collect high-level data on companies and rate their investability using actual metrics. The platform will then list these verified companies, enabling impact investors to make more informed decisions in the African market.
Releaf currently consists of 10 students and recent graduates who have worked with top companies such as Google, Shell, and McKinsey. Our experience at the top of various industries equips us with not just the technical expertise to build an alluring product, but also the business savvy to gain passionate users and scale appropriately. Our Managing Partner, Isaiah Udotong, is an MIT student and Bill Gates Millennium Scholar who has interned at Facebook as a Software Engineer for the last two summers. While there, he led a team to create a mobile app and was personally chosen to present it to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. This summer, Isaiah is denying his return offer to pursue an accelerator or an incubator for Releaf. Our Partner of Business Development, Ikenna Nzewi, is a Yale student who has interned with Bain and BCG in the past and has received a full-time Associate Consultant offer from Bain, which he is deferring to work on Releaf full-time. Ikenna started three businesses in high school, accruing over $30,000 in revenue. Our Partner of Product Development, Uzoma Ayogu, is a Duke student who has interned at General Electric (GE) in the past and has received a full-time Product Manager offer from Microsoft, which he is deferring to work on Releaf full-time. This past spring, Uzoma was awarded the Duke Outstanding President award for demonstrating leadership that stood above the other 42 Duke organization presidents.