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Pelkins Ajanoh

Founder and CEO of CassVita

Pelkins is an entrepreneur and inventor. He is the founder and CEO of CassVita. CassVita is a biotech startup in Cameroon that has invented a novel technology for increasing the shelf-life of cassava, enabling it to provide healthier and better-tasting wheat alternative products while empowering local farming communities. CassVita currently partners with a community of over 500 farmers in West Africa, increasing their earnings by 400%.

Born and raised in Cameroon, Pelkins immigrated to the US after high school and enrolled at Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2018. Before founding CassVita, Pelkins developed several solutions for multinationals including Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, and General Motors. He holds two US patents. His work has been recognized by the New York Times, MIT News, and Harvard Innovation Labs Social Impact Fellowship Fund. Pelkins is currently pursuing a dual MS/MBA degree from Harvard School of Engineering and Harvard Business School, where he is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and an Adrian Cheng Fellow.

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