Big picture

At Nile, we see a future where Africa’s producers can access the markets with the biggest need for their products. By integrating regional food systems, we aim to make nutritious food more accessible to consumers across the continent and beyond.

Our digital solutions aim to solve issues inherent to food trading including price discovery, quality verification, payments and traceability.

Nile's technology and data enables complex transactions and supports the flows of goods across regions.

Our solution

The Nile Marketplace is a B2B e-commerce platform that enables direct trades between producers and entities that sell to consumers.

Our platform makes it easy and safe to trade fresh produce with multiple producers across different regions. We aggregate supply across the SADC region to offer buyers access to high quality fresh produce at transparent prices.

Nile's team is solving complex problems in exciting new markets! We are building a team of highly skilled people that are passionate about improving Africa's food systems.

Our founding team combines managerial experience in Food, E‑commerce, Finance and Software Development at world leading companies - including Amazon, Jumia, JP Morgan, and Luno.

Meet the founding team

Louis de Kock

Co-Founder

Son of a vegetable farmer, Louis started his career in investment banking before joining Amazon’s e-commerce teams in EU and US. Louis’s e-commerce experience includes launching Amazon Go’s produce division and managing meat & seafood for Amazon Fresh. His stint at Jumia, Africa’s largest online retailer, provided exposure to cross-border e-commerce in Africa.

Louis is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from University of Oxford.

Eugene Roodt

Co-Founder

Prior to Nile, Eugene worked for J.P. Morgan as an experienced Investment Banker and qualified Chartered Accountant working in London, Sydney, and Johannesburg. He focused on clients and transactions in the Consumer, Retail and Technology space.

During his corporate finance career he helped corporations on numerous transactions including mergers & acquisitions, IPO's and fundraising.

Rick Kleinhans

Co-Founder

A software developer by trade, Rick is passionate about building companies and has spent his entire career either as a founder, or an early employee, at various startups.

Most recently he helped Luno grow from a 15 person team into a global brand serving more than 5 million customers, in more than 40 countries. Alongside fintech his experience also includes time in travel, e‑commerce, and enterprise SaaS systems.