Katapult Africa has appointed Timame Wanyoike as its new Partnerships and Ecosystem Manager.
Launched in 2020, Katapult Africa, invests in and supports startups working in the space of food, climate and agri-tech.
Timame has a strong understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face the African tech scene. Before Katapult Africa, she worked as a startup engagement lead for Liquid Telecom.
Commenting on the appointment, Timame said: “I am passionate about emerging technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa and am particularly excited about Katapult’s focus on scale and impact for startups on the continent. I feel privileged to have the chance to personally impact these startups who are ushering in the next wave of solutions for some of our planet’s greatest challenges.
She added, “The agri- and climate-tech space is one that will have a lot of contribution to the growth of the continent and its full potential is yet to be realized. Through investment and innovation, agri- and climate-tech startups have the ability to not only build a valuable sector within African economies but to simultaneously help feed a growing global population and to tackle the rising threats of climate change.”
Katapult’s Country Director for Rwanda, Philip Gasaatura said, “Two of our core values at Katapult are Scale and Impact. Katapult Africa strongly believes in adding value to the ecosystem while leveraging our networks and partnerships, across academia-corporates-VC-govt-DFIs, to help our portfolio companies scale regionally and have a significant impact in their communities and on the local economies and to help build and strengthen those partnerships. Timame will play an integral role in this process and Katapult Africa is excited to welcome her to the team.”
Timame has a bachelor’s in communication and media studies from the University of Riara, She has subsequently helped run MIT’s Institute for the Digital Economy’s inclusive innovation challenge for Africa.