We are hosting three amazing Gambian innovators namely Malik khan (The CEO of PointClick Technologies, Evou Lawrence Mendy, The CEO of Kameko and Ryde Technologies and Modou NS Njie, Co - Founder of Money Farm.
They have been one of Gambia’s finest in the areas of tech and on market disruption. It’s amazing seeing the innovative models they have on their tech curiosity. Quite frankly, we do talk a lot about the market disruption and its viability in it 21st Century. From hosting website for companies and adding adhoc services for clientele, this is exactly what The Gambia needs to scale its business sector onwards which is at a growth rate of 11 Percent. StartUp Grind Banjul is bringing you what it takes to drive the tech segment in The Gambia and matching customer needs. We are straight-shooting on how to built innovative model s for businesses.
Ryde Africa Technologies
Founder/CEO – PointClick Technologies, LLC.
Ebou Lawrence Mendy is a young Gambia entrepreneur who's passionate about solving African problems using technology. He has more than five years experience as a software engineer working with software development companies in The Gambia and abroad.
In 2017, he founded Kameko - a startup that develops customized software solutions for businesses in The Gambia and beyond. Kameko also developed MekoBooks which is the first accounting software package for small businesses in The Gambia and it's been used by more than 20 businesses.
In October 2018, Ebou Lawrence introduced Ryde Africa Technologies - platform that allows customers to request for the closest Ryde Africa taxi for pickup through Ryde Africa taxi app or by calling Ryde Africa Dispatcher line. The service is currently available in The Gambia and Accra, and looking to expand to other Africa cities soon. Ryde Africa Technologies was part of nine ideas that were selected to pitch at the Seedstars Banjul Pitching Competition on the 17th of November 2018 and they came out 1st Runner-up.
Malik Khan is a native of The Gambia, the smallest country in Africa. He migrated to the US in 1992 at the age of 14 with his mother, older sister and step brother in pursuit of the American Dream. Malik grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where he completed high school and studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has over twenty years of experience in the IT Managed Services, Cloud Hosting and IT Consulting Industry. In 2007, Malik founded PointClick Technologies to focus on end to end cloud hosting services that spans beyond Infrastructure Management. The company offers cloud hosting and web application management services with a focus on Cyber Security, High Availability, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery.
Today, PointClick has grown to hosting and managing many well-known brands and organizations such as the NFL, Autotrader.com, Under Armor, American Red Cross, Precision Tune Auto Care and more.
Malik is a serial entrepreneur with investments in Real Estate, Early Stage Startups, and an Angel Investor in tech companies. When he is not busy with business dealings, Malik spends his time giving back to his community. His company created an Adult Internship program for the Senegambian community to help boost skills to improve economic development within the community. The program offers training and development of skills in technical and non-technical positions. In early 2017, Malik initiated a Scholarship program to help send Senegambian High School graduates to college. Along with the scholarships comes one on one mentoring sessions with the students to help them with life development skills and learn about entrepreneurship.
Malik resides in Durham, NC with his wife of 18 years, a 15-year-old son and 2 beautiful daughters ages 10 and 8.
Malik is an occasional sort after speaker at industry trade shows such as Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference/Inspire, Microsoft Hosting Summit and DNN Software Conference (DNNCon).
Startup Grind Banjul
Modou is the Director of Startup Grind In The Gambia part of a global community that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs with resource based founders in The Gambia and beyond. Modou is passionate about business and project analyst and has a focus on helping businesses in various industries improve on their revenue and service to their clients through data-driven business intelligence and connecting with potential investors. He has been a recipient of Africa.35.35 2019 Corporate Manager Award in Ghana and 2020 Top 50 Career Influencers In Africa and also Inducted into the Top 10 Platinum Career Influencers by Workbooth Magazine. He also serves as a 2020 mentor and Influencer for the Tony Elumelu Foundation. He is also among 2020 Top 50 Digital Champs In Africa and National Digital Champ for The Gambia in Africa by the Africa Digital Festival.
He has been featured in various podcasts with Rare birds, Replenish Me Show and has been featured on Magazines Mojatu Magazine (Nottingham UK), Blue Pinterest (US), ALFI, Vanguard, Ventureburn, Disrupt Africa, Village Capital and more.