MoveMeBack: Story, Founders, Investors & Funding Rounds
Movemeback is a members-only community that connects overseas leaders, influencers, talent, and organizations to unique, exclusive, and exciting high-potential opportunities on the African continent.
They focus on distinctive and non-cliché opportunities from senior leadership roles with Africa’s most influential organizations to unique investments, creative and entrepreneurial partnerships, nation shaping, social impact, and more.
They are structured to enable talent relocation – including internships, secondments, or remote engagements – and the facilitation of investment and advisory relationships.
They are also focused on supporting the move to the continent through services, insights, content, and access to a collaborative community.
Movemeback aspires to drive positive economic and social growth in Africa by providing an internationally trusted platform through which individuals, organizations, and institutions across the world interact and partner with Africa.
They are making Africa’s most exciting and unique opportunities accessible to talented professionals, students, leaders, and influencers, whilst providing a platform to empower and enable those individuals to contribute to Africa’s economic and social growth and development story.
Movemeback’s founders, Oyin Solebo and Charles Sekwalor, share a commitment and passion for realizing tangible and positive change in Africa, through the application of business, talent, entrepreneurial problem-solving, and increased access to information and knowledge.
How it Works
Movemeback is a members-only network. To unlock access to their unique African opportunities and support services – you must first apply to join.
Membership is free, but they will screen your application against the dimensions of professional, leadership, and/or academic excellence before approval.
Just apply to join Movemeback in minutes using their application page. Once accepted, you will have access to a range of Movemeback opportunities and services.
Movemeback can provide you with a range of end-to-end service options, designed to help you access top talent and valuable partners from across the diaspora and beyond.
Their process varies depending on their client’s requirements. However, they will typically work with you as follows:
- They have a conversation with you to fully understand your requirements and, where necessary, customize a niche solution based on your request,
- They use their knowledge of the community to help you develop your brief to best communicate your opportunity and engage the relevant audience,
- They list your opportunity to their members via their website, and deploy highly targeted and catered email campaigns to reach relevant candidates and alert them to your opportunities,
- They can shortlist individuals and/or partners from the community and target them directly on your behalf as needed,
- They collect and provide you with data and insights to help you understand how members react to your brand and opportunities.
Movemeback focuses on distinctive and non-cliché opportunities, from senior leadership roles with Africa’s most influential organizations to unique investments, creative and entrepreneurial partnerships, nation shaping, social impact, and more.
At their core, they are structured to enable access to five categories of opportunities:
- Talent relocation: Opportunities for members to relocate to jobs, projects, or ventures in Africa;
- Internships and Secondments: Opportunities for members (typically students/graduates) to relocate to / engage temporarily in jobs, projects, or ventures in Africa;
- Investment and advisory: Arrangements where members are engaged as investors or advisors for ventures, startups, projects, private equity, and more;
- Remote working opportunities: Opportunities for members to function as employees, consultants, partners, and more from their existing (remote) locations;
- Other partnerships: various other opportunities allowing members (or organizations represented by members) to create specific partnerships with other members, organizations, or other third parties affiliated with Movemeback.
Partnerships and Market Size
Movemeback works with influential and forward-thinking companies, organizations, and causes, of all sizes and stages of business/operational development, operating in Africa.
They help companies who are in search of top talent from the diaspora and beyond, as well as those seeking expert advisors, investors, or other international partners.
Their presence is in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Angola, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Cameroon, Niger, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Senegal, Mali, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Chad, Guinea, Somalia, Burundi, Benin, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Togo, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Liberia, Republic of Congo.
Movemeback is a global community. Their candidates are predominantly members of the African diaspora, currently located in the UK and USA.
They also have members who are not from the African diaspora but are interested in or active with African opportunities.
Members come from a range of backgrounds that embody at least one of their assessment dimensions of professional excellence, leadership excellence, or academic excellence.
Additionally, Movemeback is not just a transactional service – it is a community of like-minded individuals.
They offer practical moving-back support, advice, and crowd-sourced insights to members.
So whilst they cannot control the choices a candidate or international partner makes, they do try to mitigate some of the challenges associated with moving back by providing relevant member support and facilitating the sharing of advice and ideas to make the ‘move back’ that little bit easier.
Charles Sekwalor is Founder at MoveMeBack.
He is an Entrepreneur, mentor, advisor, and investor focused on building startups that drive change and positively influence people’s lives.
Charles was previously a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey and Company, Supply Chain project manager at Tesco, and Consultant at Accenture. MEng Hons in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Management from Imperial College, London.
Oyin Solebo is the co-founder at MoveBackWithMe.
Previously an Investment Associate at Goldman Sachs and a Strategy Consultant for Roland Berger’s Sub-Saharan Africa, Financial Services Team.
Additionally, she has an executive MBA with distinction from London Business School and a BSc Hons in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Investors & Funding Rounds
Google For Startups Black Founders Fund
Google has selected 30 startups to receive a share of its $2 million Black Founders Fund in Europe, providing these companies with a spot of cash, some valuable cloud services, and a bit of good old-fashioned networking among the Google crew.
Each company will receive “up to” $100,000 in non-dilutive funding, up to $120,000 in Ads grants, and $100,000 in Cloud credits.
They’ll also get access to Google’s entrepreneurial network, tech support, and some other assets that don’t have hard numbers associated with them.
Dorm Room Fund: This is the strongest community of entrepreneurial students in the nation.
Dribbble: It is a fully remote company that helps global designers with motion design, illustrations, and graphic elements.
Viseet. me: It is a platform that allows organizing virtual events to recruit, communicate, and prospect.
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