Nelson T. Ajulo: Bridging the Technology Gap Between Africa and the Global North

At Zarttech we work towards bridging the technology gap between Africa and the Global North by connecting Senior IT experts and cyber security specialists from African countries to European and American corporations, which deal with a scarcity of IT talents. By making use of an outsourcing and outstaffing model, we prevent brain drain in these communities and people will be able to invest their knowledge back into the

Tell us about yourself?

Running the risk of sounding like a cliche, I have always cared about equality and contributing to uplifting marginalized communities, thus during my university, I committed to understanding the role of social entrepreneurship in addressing these situations and how to best apply this in practice.

As an engineer and economist by certification, I have worked as a business strategist and have led multiple significant multinationals, and what I noticed from my own background and experiences is that, in an ever digitizing world, a new gap is growing between the Global North and the Global South.

Africa specifically is being excluded from these new developments and economic markets. I want to contribute to a solution, not just thrive for my own gain.

What is the inspiration behind your business?

My values as a person very much overlap with what motivated me to found Zarttech. What I noticed from my own background and professional experiences is that, in an ever digitizing world, a new gap is growing between the Global North and the Global South.

Africa specifically is being excluded from these new developments and economic markets, while the IT talents are there. The Global North that deals with its own problems of IT scarcity, could make use of these talents without leading to brain drain through our company.

What is your magic sauce?

The way we differ from other outsourcing organizations is obviously our social cause and the ability to tap into a market that has not been tapped into much. Another feature that makes us special is that we make use of a remote-hybrid model.

While our Senior IT Experts are majorly working remotely, we offer clients and IT experts the opportunity to connect in person for a short period every six months. This guarantees that clients and contractors are able to connect and understand each other’s values on a deeper level and will create smoother collaborations.

Where do you see your company going in 5 years time?

In the next five years, Zarttech aims to impact the lives of 75000 people around the world, mostly in Africa. We also aim to positively impact 5000 businesses in the west by enabling them to produce faster and sustainably scale without increasing the cost of production. By achieving our goals, we address 9 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set for 2030 by the United Nations.

What has been your biggest setback so far?

One of the biggest challenges we faced concerned our name. Previously we were known as Zwarttech, Zwart meaning Black in Dutch, reflecting our aim to connect the African tech sector with the global north, and challenging negative connotations to the word black/Zwart. However, this stigma seemed to be larger than we originally anticipated, holding our company back in its mission.

We received feedback from our community and the broader Dutch society in which we operate that this word did not appeal to them. Thus, after extensive consideration, we decided to keep pushing our mission under our current name.

What is the next big challenge for your business?

For 2022, one of our big goals is to launch ZartCyber, a department of Zarttech that is predominantly focused on providing cyber security consultancy and support. We are also growing at a rate that we are seriously considering getting a second location at a different city in The Netherlands, so there are many exciting projects we’re looking forward to.

How do people get involved/buy into your vision?

If you are interested in our services or would like to collaborate to provide greater access to Africa and its developers, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] We look forward to sharing our continued success with you and the progress we are making under the new business name.

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