Bnkability came about, not in a light bulb moment, an epiphany or anything that grand. It was actually taken from an initial idea to solve the plethora of Africa investment events issue or the lack of value that tends to come from them especially for project owners. Having never worked in the Investment industry and looking at the problem as a Nigerian with tech goggles on. I soon realised there was a better way to solve this problem.
This is not a response to "africa rising" story but a dawning realisation that I can either continue to debate the rights and wrongs of politicians, lack of institution, corporate governance and the African way of doing things or I can get my hands dirty and do something about it. Don't get me wrong when I went to Nigeria in 2014 and witnessed how much things had changed yet remained the same, I saw opportunities abound. I toyed with a few ideas including property and textiles but these had logistical challenges that I am in no position to overcome. More importantly, I did not feel these ideas would be able to fully take advantage of my breadth of skills.
GoogleX's Obi Felton challenging, we the members of Women@Campus, to build our own moonshots was my light bulb moment. Fast forward to September, Bnkability was born following an initial attempt as the Co-Founder of InvestWell Africa. I have the unshakable belief that Africa is at impasse where there is an opportunity not just to leapfrog but critically re-think the way things are done and re-invent business models. Bnkability is not business as usual. It aims to change the way the funding process works for infrastructure projects in Sub-Sahara Africa. Creating a frictionless platform that seamlessly brings project owners and investor together. Increasing the volume of bankable projects in the market thereby increasing the amount of investment going into the continent.
Bnkability takes advantage of the best of what I do and affords me the opportunity to do some of the things I really want to do more of especially product development. Now, I am looking for my Co-Founders and initial team.
I am looking for people that do not just accept but challenge.
I am looking for people who believe in the "we just haven't found a solution yet" way of thinking.
I am looking looking for flexible and adaptable individuals.
I am looking for the curious and gracious.
I am looking for Prometheans.
If this sounds like you and you're passionate about been part of the African economic development story, get in touch and let's have a coffee (or tea).