Vérone Mankou, or VMK for short, is a young entrepreneur and creator of the first African designed PC tablet and mobile phone called “elikia,” meaning hope in the local language. Today, Vérone is scaling his business to reach customers in Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Cameroon. Also, a “tablet for development” is in the works to help promote education, health and agribusiness. Vérone states that this will be the most accessible of his African designed products at the price of USD$70, the cheapest tablet in the world. Promoting entrepreneurship in his community, Vérone has also started and directs Bantuhub, a startup accelerator in the heart of Brazzaville with quite a few tech entrepreneurs currently being supported. He was named by Forbes Magazine as one of Africa’s top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 in 2013 and 2015, as well as receiving numerous other awards for his entrepreneurial achievements in Congo and the region.
VMK is a Congolese startup that aims to make technology accessible to the greatest number of people in Africa.