Hello people. It’s that time of the month again. We are back with another episode of Afritech Verified! On this month’s episode, our host, Towsyn Omowole takes us on a journey to Lagos, Nigeria, where she speaks to Tunde Kara, CEO of one of Africa’s fastest-growing Agritech startups, Vendease, which has been coined the “Amazon Prime” for restaurants.
Vendease Africa is a platform that makes procurement easier and more transparent for hotels and restaurants in Africa. On the Vendease platform, food businesses can order anything they want at competitive prices. This is done by connecting food businesses directly to farms and food manufacturers. Although the company serves hotels and restaurants, they are also providing an opportunity for smallholder farmers to increase their income.
Tunde Kara has had a 13-year career building brands and leveraging technology to solve problems for businesses in Africa. He has worked with, and run projects for global brands who are present in the African market, including Samsung, Coca-Cola, Google, and General Electric, amongst others. His current focus is improving supply for Africa's food service businesses, as he leads the team at Vendease to connect restaurants directly to supplies from farms at very affordable rates.
During our chat, he takes us through his successful career, how he grew up on a farm and how this experience has shaped his success running Vendease. He also talks about his executive team of foodies and how each of them contributes to the success of the business.
Finally, he gives us his thoughts on Africa’s need for talent, investment in other sectors that aren’t fintech, as well as his dream for Africa.
Tunde believes that “anytime you put structure into anything, you are saving cost” - this is what Vendease is doing for Africa’s food businesses.
You can connect with Tunde Kara via LinkedIn or Twitter.