There currently is no online platform that brings together the stories and experiences of African creatives.
AfroCurators plans to change that, according to Skye Idehen, CEO and founder of the Tampa company, one of 13 women-owned companies participating in the current Tampa Bay Wave TechWomen Rising accelerator cohort.
AfroCurators is a digital media and entertainment brand that highlights and connects African creatives, Idehen said during an online Pitch Night.
“The time is now to highlight the African experience. You have Emmy award winners, creative directors on HBO, NFL players turned authors backed by Oprah. This is a perfect time for AfroCurators to be born,” Idehen said. “As we look at how those stories are told, there is no aggregated platform or community to share those stories and those experiences and to generate the next generation of really amazing African creatives. Our solution is to create an aggregated platform to connect African creatives, share experiences, thought leadership and elevate the entire community together.”
Idehen has identified several revenue sources, including community subscriptions, ad revenue, quarterly events, large-scale conferences, sponsorships and a marketplace.
Idehen previously was community manager at WeWork in Tampa.
In addition to Idehen, the AfroCurators team is made up of Bunge Okeyo, who is handling strategic development, and Stephen Ozoigbo, an advisor. The three worked today at Travel Noire, a travel startup acquired in 2017.