Dustyn Winder


I'm a dad slash entrepreneur slash investor who can't sit still.

Generally speaking, when not chasing a rowdy little boy or building new businesses, I'm reading, writing, thinking or tweeting about economics and emerging markets, the future of cities, money, and work, or the health of the planet, food, and people. I also really dig adventure travel, the NBA, European football, things that go fast, philosophy, and SciFi.

I'm an EIR at NYC venture studio, Prehype, where I co-founded Akili, a venture development company in Africa, with a focus on ecosystem building. We reframe problems into opportunities and build incredible products and businesses alongside the continent's most forward-thinking entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates.

I'm always interested in smart people doing super rad things. So, if you're still reading, let's chat.




Akili is a full stack venture development company and investment advisory, incubating, accelerating, and empowering the next generation of great African enterprises and entrepreneurs.

We are a part of the global Prehype network, where we've collectively invested in, built, or accelerated ~50 startups over the past decade with the support of some of the world’s best corporates, investors, and entrepreneurs. The startups that we have built and worked with have created more than $2.5 billion in value and have been acquired by the likes of Dropbox, Microsoft, and Amazon.

Akili is the network’s Africa-centric initiative to build new ventures alongside the continent's most talented entrepreneurs and with the backing of its most forward-thinking corporates and investors.


@dswinder's (my) future positive side projects, investments, grants + holdings.

Let's at least leave good bones for our kids to build on.

More info soon!


Kafunda means "small place" in Luganda. It's the neighborhood shop where beers are drunk, shop is talked, deals are made, community is built, issues are quashed.

This is the revived newsletter (fingers crossed soon to be podcast) by Akili founding partner, Dustyn Winder, to muse, insight, put forward hypotheses, and occasionally, maybe (i.e. likely) ruffle feathers, on Africa's innovation ecosystem.