About us

African Geospace is a space technology and data solutions company, pioneering decision-making for development, and climate action.

Company

African Geospace is a stellar gathering of space scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs on a mission to democratize access to space for all.

African Geospace is an Africa originated yet global startup founded by former NASA intern Richard Folly. African Geospace is a purpose-driven company on a mission to disrupt the space industry in Africa. We strive to tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time: to save lives, improve livelihoods, and increase climate resilience. Our vision is to leverage the vast potential of space technology and artificial intelligence to unlock untapped opportunities for governements, organizations and indivuduals.

We believe in greatness

Together, we can build something bigger than ourselves.

From experiences with world-class organizations, to inspiration from the past and the wonders of nature — such as exploring the ancient pyramids in Egypt, or immersing ourselves in the vastness of the Grand Canyon in Arizona — African Geospace is developing real-world solutions that advance Humanity by addressing our greatest challenges.

Why space

Potential to accelerate
global sustainability

Space is essential in providing critical information for climate analysis, resource management, and environmental monitoring. By utilizing space technology, we can make informed decisions and implement effective strategies to tackle global challenges and promote long-term sustainability.

Why AI

Data are the new gold in
our fast-changing world

In our rapidly evolving world, data has become a precious resource with transformative potential. AI serves as the key to unlocking the value hidden within this ocean of information. Through AI’s unparalleled ability to analyze, interpret, and derive insights from large datasets, we gain a deeper understanding of complex challenges and uncover innovative solutions to drive sustainable development. AI empowers us to harness the power of data across diverse industries, including agriculture, renewable energy, mining, urban development, and more.

Some collaborations

We've collaborated on projects at national level or with international organizations

We participated in the ‘Map for Preparedness’ project — a collaboration among George Washington University’s Department of Geography, World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre. The project aims to map households located in floodplains across several African countries, enabling proactive flood prevention measures before peak flows occur. Also, our team developed a cutting-edge digital platform using mobile phones to collect climate and hydrological data upstream of Togo’s Nangbéto hydropower dam. This data integrates seamlessly into FUNES, an award-winning machine learning tool at Global Government Summit. FUNES facilitates the linkage between Early Warning Systems (EWS) and early action initiatives spearheaded by the Togo Red Cross. This collaboration is proof of our leadership in high-level IT project development and management, even those upon which people’s lives and the safeguarding of their properties depend.

African Geospace have an extensive history of countrywide mapping projects with various clients. Our expertise has been leveraged in identifying necessary information to collect on critical infrastructures. Specifically, we have contributed to a national infrastructure mapping project in Togo. This collaboration involved validating data collection methodologies and tools, ensuring the quality of deliverables, offering guidance on data hosting, analysis, and visualizations, as well as working with stakeholder institutions. Coupled with other impactful mapping initiatives, these experiences have solidified African Geospace’s reputation as an authority in national mapping projects.

African Geospace has collaborated with NASA, thanks to the U.S. Department’s Mandela Washington Fellowship’s Reciprocal Exchange Award, to implement an Earth Observation training program in Togo. The project has trained Togo Government’s public institutions and Ph.D. candidates in Geography, in the use of satellite imagery for agriculture and forest monitoring, as well as in addressing water-related issues.

Theory of change

A new era of space technology and analytics has just begun

The transformative shift in space technology and data analytics promises to reshape almost every industry, enhance decision-making processes, and fuel innovations across various sectors. As satellites equipped with advanced imaging technologies continue to orbit the Earth, their data streams are becoming increasingly accessible to a wider range of users, from researchers and policymakers to businesses and individuals. This democratization of satellite imagery — information that was once confined to experts — paves the way for an unprecedented level of global understanding and collaboration, as people from diverse backgrounds gain the ability to harness pragmatic insights from space.

With this enhanced accessibility, the potential for data-driven insights and actionable intelligence grows exponentially. Artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms can now process vast volumes of satellite imagery to detect objects, patterns, changes, and anomalies in near real-time. This analytical capability has the potential to revolutionize entire industries. For instance, timely detection of deforestation trends can empower conservation efforts, while monitoring urban expansion can guide sustainable development strategies. The newfound ability to observe and quantify dynamic phenomena on a global scale offers an unprecedented opportunity to address pressing challenges facing humanity.

Furthermore, the synergy between space technology and artificial intelligence ushers in a new frontier of innovation. As more people and organizations gain access to high-quality satellite imagery, new applications are emerging, driving economic growth and societal progress. African Geospace is leveraging NewSpace capabilities to create innovative solutions, and help contries and organizations to optimize their operations by incorporating satellite insights. The possibilities are endless and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations, where experts from different fields converge to derive comprehensive insights for the Global Public Good.