Ian Carnevale has joined Highline Beta, after spending the past five years living between New York and Nigeria. Carnevale recently moved back to Toronto to join as Highline Beta’s vice president of growth operations.

Carnevale co-founded Andela, an African company that identifies and develops software developers, in 2014. He then went on to build Street Capital, a Sub-Saharan African-focused fund, with partners Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Nadayar Enegesi. Marcus Daniels, CEO of Highline Beta, said with Carnevale onboard, the firm will be able to scale its venture innovation model and explore new opportunities in innovation ecosystems in the United States and the United Kingdom.

“Entrepreneurs are one of the most important drivers of human progress, and by creating systems that build up leaders you can have a far greater impact on the world than you could on your own,” said Carnevale. “Highline Beta is founded on a similar idea that by funding and building new ventures with ambitious enterprises you will drive exponential impact.”

“My clothes, couch, and closest friends are still in Nigeria,” he added. “But I’m here, ready to tackle my next challenge.”

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