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In-depth conversations and business advice from leading founders in Africa. Top CEOs from high growth startups, which have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in VC funding, discuss the strategies that helped them grow from startups into scale ups — while navigating growth to profitability along the way.

You’ll also hear about their personal journeys and why they are dedicated to their mission and what keeps them going.

Built Tough is hosted by Victor Basta, CEO of DAI Magister, and believes African companies are some of the best in the world, simply because African founders have to be. They have to be resourceful, do more with less, and face problems startups in other regions don't have to. They have to be BUILT TOUGH.

Built Tough Victor Basta

    • Business

In-depth conversations and business advice from leading founders in Africa. Top CEOs from high growth startups, which have raised hundreds of millions of dollars in VC funding, discuss the strategies that helped them grow from startups into scale ups — while navigating growth to profitability along the way.

You’ll also hear about their personal journeys and why they are dedicated to their mission and what keeps them going.

Built Tough is hosted by Victor Basta, CEO of DAI Magister, and believes African companies are some of the best in the world, simply because African founders have to be. They have to be resourceful, do more with less, and face problems startups in other regions don't have to. They have to be BUILT TOUGH.

    Obi Ozor, Co-Founder and CEO of Kobo360 - Tackling Africa’s $300B logistics supply chain

    Obi Ozor, Co-Founder and CEO of Kobo360 - Tackling Africa’s $300B logistics supply chain

    “We’ve probably lent more money than any startup in Africa. I don't think there's any lending company in Africa that is bigger than us in terms of what we do. And we do it with almost the most difficult people—drivers—on a day-to-day basis. ” Obi Ozor, Kobo360 CEO and Co-Founder.
    The last of eight children, Obi was studying to become a Catholic priest in Nigeria when a protracted kidney disease cut short his priestly ambitions. After working in finance and for Uber Nigeria, Obi launched Kobo360 in 2016 to make Africa’s $300B logistics supply chains more efficient.
    In this episode, Obi shares lessons he has learned building a company to fix logistics across Africa. 

    • 30 min
    Akshay Grover, CEO of Cellulant – Navigating Pan-African Growth

    Akshay Grover, CEO of Cellulant – Navigating Pan-African Growth

    “I feel that fintech [companies] take a view that they're competing with the banking industry. We are of the view that we are partners to the banking industry. There are certain values or benefits that the banking system creates and there are certain advantages that we as an innovative fintech business bring to the table. You combine these two things and it's a very powerful customer and customer proposition." Akshay Grover, Cellulant CEO.
    In 2021, Ken Njoroge, CEO and Co-Founder of Cellulant, a Kenyan fintech company, stepped down to make way for an “enterprise runner” to lead the company into a new stage of growth. Who was that operator? Akshay Grover, a 20-year technology and finance veteran who started his career at Ernst & Young in India.
    With Akshay at the helm, Cellulant has set ambitious new targets and doubled down on its B2B strategy.
    In this episode, Akshay shares his biggest learnings for building a pan-African tech company and why African fintech has barely scratched the surface.

    • 30 min
    Dare Okoudjou, Founder and CEO of MFS Africa - Building a pan-African payments company

    Dare Okoudjou, Founder and CEO of MFS Africa - Building a pan-African payments company

    "When we talk about mobile money, everybody thinks about the mobile technology and the user interface and how cool this is. Whereas the bedrock of it, the unsung heroes of mobile money, the giants on whose shoulders we are standing, are those agents across the continent," Dare Okoudjou, MFS AFrica CEO and Founder.
    That was Dare’s response when we asked him about the biggest myth about mobile money, the payments system that Africa pioneered. As much as Dare is a techie, he cares more about people. Dare is a mission-driven CEO, who is passionate about “making borders matter less” and helping to unleash prosperity on the continent. 
    Dare began his career as a management consultant with PwC in Paris. In 2008, after 3 years of working at MTN where he developed their mobile payment strategy, Dare founded MFS Africa, Africa’s largest digital payments gateway present in 30 African countries.
    Besides its scale and pan-African presence, MFS Africa has also distinguished itself by its acquisitions – the latest being US company Global Technology Partners. In this episode, Dare discusses why he turned down an offer to buy the company in 2014 (despite being flat broke), what he would have done differently as a founder, and the secret ingredient to acquisitions.

    • 33 min

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