Ted Pantone has transitioned out of leadership at Mango Fund. He is now the Founder and CEO of Turaco, and is a Fellow in our 2019 Business Accelerator.
Ted Pantone is a social entrepreneur and a challenger. He is passionate about community, great ideas, and healthy approaches to serving the world’s poor. For the past decade, Ted worked and mostly lived in East Africa, building and launching businesses and nonprofits, including Mango Fund, a startup impact investment fund. With the help of a supportive Board and a strong team, Ted built the fund from the ground up and then handed it over to Ugandan management.
He is now the Co-Founder and CEO of his latest venture, Turaco, which creates simplified insurance and credit solutions distributed through mobile technology in the developing world.
Ted and his rock star wife, Brekly, live in Nairobi, Kenya with their four young children, Charlotte, Andrew, John, and Savannah. He is a business graduate of The King’s College in New York City, though his home base in the US is now in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mango Fund encourages economic development in emerging economies in East Africa by backing local entrepreneurs who create jobs. The fund invests both capital and consulting to drive the growth of these small and medium-sized businesses, primarily in agricultural processing and manufacturing. With investments ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, Mango focuses on businesses that use technology to add value to their products in-country, boosting the local economy. With a growing portfolio and track record, Mango hopes to promote economic well-being and personal flourishing.