Releaf (S17)

Selling quality crops to African food factories using novel hardware.

Industrial Designer (Internship)

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About Releaf

Releaf develops novel low-cost pre-processing technology for African crops. Our pre-processing technology allows us to improve the quality and scale of raw materials provided to African food factories (>$200B market), 90% of which run under 50% of their installed capacity, primarily due to scarce quality raw materials.

About the role

Skills: CSS, HTML, Google Cloud

Company Profile:

Releaf develops low-cost pre-processing machines to prevent post-harvest loss and deliver quality raw materials to food factories. We've developed our first pre-processor for Nigeria's sustainable oil palm sector (80% of supply comes from smallholders) with a weekly processing capacity of 600 metric tons. We aggregate smallholder crops, pre-process them with our proprietary machinery, and deliver high-quality raw materials to food factories.

Founders studied at MIT, Duke, and Yale with experience at McKinsey, General Electric, Bain, and Facebook. The Firm is mentored by Pres. Adesina of AfDB, Nigeria's former Minister of Agriculture. We are funded by Y Combinator, Bill Gates' investment firm BEV, and other leading venture capital and private equity investors.

Role Summary:

  • We are in the process of emerging from stealth after delivering our prototype processing technology. To further scale our technology and set it up in other locations, we'll need to build AUTOCAD representations of it and move into the commercialization stage.

  • We're looking for a remote designer to work with the team 10 hours/week. Fully remote, strong communication skills and self-motivation are needed.

  • There will be great mentorship opportunities in this role. Aside from the founders, who you'll work directly with (CEO + CTO), We've formed a relationship with Jordan Westerberg, an elite industrial designer focused on emerging economies, who will provide mentorship if you're interested.


  • AUTOCAD: Build 3D representations of the processing technology to allow more rapid commercialization (required)

  • Illustrator: Logo design for both the company and its departments

  • Photoshop: Creative asset design (unsaturating photos, making collages, etc.)

  • Figma: Handling design assets

  • Google Drive: Effortless ability to manage and build an easy-to-use asset database

  • Webflow: Ability to make new pages, edit, and ensure the brand image is consistent and exciting

Operating Principles

  • Strategist: Fully grasps Firm priorities and is a leading contributor to strategic optimizations

  • Zero Defect: Error-free design work

  • Creator zero to one: Build structures from nothing where deficiencies are personally observed and able to understand the Job to Be Done when given directives; speed to output is key

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