We build, scale and fund Startups

We are a startup studio partnering with early-stage founders across the world (in and out of Africa) to build some of the most profitable ideas for the African market.


What We Do


We build Minimum Viable Products (MVPs) of startups from the scratch using our 6 end-to-end startup development model


We scale early-stage startups (MVPs) to 1000 users with 20% MRR


We fund early stage startups with small ticket sizes and growth support totaling $100k

How We Work


We conduct extensive research to generate ideas and set the vision for the startup or product.

Market Validation

Together, we design the version of the product and engage with target users to quickly confirm the idea and distribution method.


We help you turn the idea into a functional, marketable and investable product, recruit your first employees, build the product fully and outline the go-to-market strategy.

Spinning out

We help you conduct your beta testing, and robust growth hacking that generate your initial users.

Scaling up

We introduce you to top investors to raise external funding, create growth hacking strategies and remain by your side as you scale.


We explore the best options of exit for our founders, where we leverage margers and acquisitions, stack sales or buyout.

Our Startup Programs

TeQstart Africa

TeQstart Africa is a startup focused program that enables early stage founders with ideas or products to benefit from any of our 3 pipeline programs.

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Founders-In-Residence Program

We have in-house startups that we hire founders to oversee in exchange for 20% equity, the Program seeks and selects founders who share our vision and are committed to our objective to run our startup ideas.

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The SHE-Builds is designed for budding entrepreneurs with scalable digital startup ideas that require technical and integrative support of experts for easy market access and growth in an emerging digital economy

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Our Startup Portfolios


Our People

Tinu Philips Odufuye

Head of Business Development, FCMB Asset Management LimitedLinkedin-icon

Francisco Santolo

CEO, ScalablLinkedin-icon

Luke Squire

Lead Product Manager, Solstice Power TechnologiesLinkedin-icon

Joseph Mojume

UK Sales Director, EvercamLinkedin-icon

Anita Dele-Dickson

Wealth Collaboration Manager, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management LimitedLinkedin-icon

David Lanre Messan

Founder C.E.OLinkedin-icon

Samuel Kemeshi

Chief Operating OfficerLinkedin-icon

Kikelomo Owoyale

Chief Financial OfficerLinkedin-icon

Oguntade Jubril

Chief Marketing OfficerLinkedin-icon

Jared Shittu

Chief Investment OfficerLinkedin-icon

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Our Partners


What People Are Saying

Ngozi Nwabueze

Working with FirstFounders on my project, PocketLawyers has been fabulous! The team is young, energetic and brilliant! They pointed my team and I to grey areas we didn’t even think about and proferred solutions them! It’s been an enlightening journey and they made it easy! I surely recommend them for your MVP build and further iterations.

Frequenty Asked Questions

Early stage Founders. We partner with early-stage founders to build scale and, fund their ideas for the African Market. We are also open to open to working with aspiring founders to teach them the art of digital entrepreneurship and providing advisory towards the development of their own ideas.

We are sector agnostic. We are open to all tech based ideas with solutions in Fintech, E-commerce/Marketplace, Edtech, Proptech, AgriTech, HealthTech, Mobility, Manufacturing, Sports, Utility, IOT/Emerging Tech etc.

We have an independent startup faculty with vast experience in the startup ecosystem, committed to reviewing and selecting marketable and investable ideas based on the quality of the idea, the market size, the founder, and our ability to finance the startup.

New York Office: 447 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013
Lagos Office:23A Ichie Mike Ejezie Street, Off Emma Abimbola Cole, Off Freedom Way off, Lekki, Lagos

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New York Office:

130, 447 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10013

Lagos Office:

Suite 1, 319, Borno Way off Herbert Macaulay Way, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos.

NG (+234) 703 407 2271

(+234) 704 711 1100

(+234) 803 577 6246

UK (+44) 7888 720589