Founder and General Partner

Yoseph Ayele

Yoseph is Founder and General Partner at LAVA, a venture fund investing in early stage startups that are building Africa’s economic infrastructures with Web3 and frontier tech. He also leads the Borderless Africa initiative, where he supports grassroots founder education and ecosystem initiatives.

Previously, he co-founded and ran the Edmund Hillary Fellowship for 8 years, an innovative immigration program that attracted 532 top tier entrepreneurs and investors. He started his career in Silicon Valley where he helped grow Inflection, a software company that later got acquired. 

Yoseph is from Ethiopia, has lived in 6 countries across 5 continents. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University.