Our OB Crush feature this week shines the spotlight on Oluwatomi Solanke, co-founder of Trove finance, a micro-investing platform that lets Nigerians invest in publicly traded US, Nigerian and Chinese stocks, government bonds and more.
Oluwatomi who dedicated his life to using technology to solve problems noticed that there are thousands of missing children in various child care organisation while volunteering in the Red Cross in Lagos, as well as over a million people (including unidentified children) in internally displaced persons camps in Nigeria.
In 2019, Trove Finance, which Oluwatomi founded with his high school friends Austin Akagu, Desayo Ajisegiri and Opeyemi Olanipekun, secured funding from Ventures Platform to scale its operations.
It was almost impossible for anyone to manually go through photographs to match all these people so Oluwatomi and a friend built a crowdsourced web-based application – WhoSpottedMe – which utilizes Facial Recognition Technology and Artificial Intelligence to help in finding missing people.
The platform not just helps to reunite children with their parents/guardians, it also helps find unidentified accident victims as well as victims of human trafficking. Oluwatomi also founded DropBuddies, a peer to peer delivery platform that connects people who need packages delivered with people headed towards the destination of the package.
Oluwatomi holds a bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos. He’s expanding the investment opportunity with Trove Finance to other African countries and we’re rooting for him.
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