Releaf develops novel industrial processing technology for African crops. Our pre-processing technology allows us to improve the quality and scale of raw materials provided to African food factories (>$200B market), 90% of which run under 50% of their installed capacity, primarily due to scarce quality raw materials. We target domestic demand in industries where we can develop pre-processing technology to increase the amount of addressable, quality raw material we can source directly from farmers, giving us a leg-up on competitors who rely on inconsistent traders with variable quality. The goal is to catalyze agro-based industrialization across the continent - no phenomena in the history of the world has moved more people out of extreme poverty and into shared prosperity than industrialization.
Uzo is CTO & Co-founder of Releaf - Uzo graduated from Duke with a degree in Mechanical engineering in 2017 and currently serves on Duke’s Board of Trustees as a full voting member. Uzo has professional experience working on jet engines at GE Aviation, devising, funding, building resilient engineering impact projects in sanitation & water in rural Brazil & Togo, & independent research research on autonomous drone medical delivery.
Co-founder + CEO of Releaf. We develop technology to unlock the processing of local crop varieties in emerging markets.