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.




We are a full-stack venture development firm, holding company, and investment advisory. We build businesses, on our own and with strategic partners, and help global investors to build, scale, and support African portfolios.

Working with our network of exceptional entrepreneurs, operational specialists, product talent, investors, and strategic stakeholders, we map markets, discover opportunities, build, test, iterate, and spin-out companies that are uniquely African with global ambition.


@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 business ecosystems.