We’re back with another unmissable episode of Afritech Verified! On this month’s episode, our host, Towsyn Omowole spoke to chartered accountant turned African tech investor, Joe Kinvi. Joe co-founded African tech investment firm, HoaQ, alongside his partner, Nubi Kay who he met whilst working at global payments company, Stripe.
HoaQ club is a community of creators and operators backing entrepreneurs in building scalable businesses for Africa and the diaspora. HoaQ club boasts over 300 community members and have investors across 14 different countries. The company is focused on early stage startups serving Africa and the diaspora.
Joe is of Togolese heritage, however he grew up in Dublin, Ireland. After studying Accounting and Finance at Dublin Institute of Technology, he began his career at one of the world's big four accounting firms, Ernst and Young. After leaving EY, he joined State Street to build the internal auditing department. This was where he got the initial startup bug. From there he joined other startups including Touchtech Payments, which eventually got acquired by Stripe, where he still works to date.
During our chat, he takes us through his successful career growth, the experiences that inspired the creation of his company HoaQ, as well as what it’s like having a world-class co-founder.
Finally, he gives us his thoughts on Africa’s fintech revolution, the continent’s new unicorns and the potential for Africa’s tech ecosystem.
Joe believes that “if you missed out on investing in bitcoin in 2011, don’t miss out on investing in Africa in 2021”. This is what his company, HoaQ, is enabling - the African tech revolution.
You can connect with Joe Kinvi via LinkedIn or Twitter.