Degas is a smallholder farmer financing company in Africa. Currently providing high quality agri-inputs, knowledge and digitisation support to 3,000 farmers in rural areas of Ghana. Farmers income x2 and its proprietary credit scoring algorithms allows high repayment predictions by analysing unique user data on the ground.
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From professional musician to banker to entrepreneur, Jason Block is an angel investor and the founder of Maiora Asset Management, Maiora Renewable Energy as well as the digital health company, Kenzai. He has invested in and developed over 1GW of renewable energy projects throughout the globe, most recently partnering with a major Japanese bank and one of the largest energy companies in Japan to IPO what is now the largest infrastructure REIT in Asia. Jason’s focus is on “investing with purpose” in particular in the bio/health/green tech, defi, and sustainable energy spaces. He believes that there is a need to ensure a sustainable future for all and that a strong ESG component is imperative to any investment he or his firm makes.
Doga is the Founder & CEO of Degas Ltd, a smallholder farmer financing company in Africa, now based in Ghana, providing high quality agri-inputs, knowledge and digitisation support to 3,000 farmers. It’s proprietary machine learning algorithm - Agod, allows repayment prediction at 88% accuracy. Simultaneously, lead the project “Next Space”, a satellite data analysis platform for African farms, co-developed with the United Nations. Prior to his current position, Doga committed to expand an online education service “Quipper” in Indonesia and the Philippines, which has 3 million users worldwide (acquired by Recruit Holds., (6098.T)). Lived in Rwanda for a year. Also ran an information-aggregation platform in Thailand, Personal Data Bank, sponsored by the University of Tokyo. In February 2017, proposed to make a Regulatory Sandbox framework (approved at the House of Councilors in May, 2018) to the Prime Minister Abe at the advisory council for deregulated zones. Dropout of the Univ. of Bristol, educated in the UK and Japan. Chosen as "U40 Japanese Innovator" by NewsPicks (Quartz's parent company). His hobbies are Japanese Noh, Triathlon and Kickboxing (In December 2017, he fought against the ex-world champion as a charity and got knocked out on Round 2). No Challenge, No Life!