Antonio Depina started his basketball league in Africa to expand the tech space through his innovative idea.
Antonio Depina is born in Wilmington in the state of Delaware, he grew up with negative stereotypes about Africa, which were largely shaped by the Western media. His father comes from Cape Verde while his mother comes from Liberia but he never visited the continent until he started a career as a basketball player.
While playing basketball in Portugal and Spain, Depina met some African players who had moved to Europe to better their lives. Their quest for economic opportunities sparked Depina’s interest in his origins as well as his journey towards entrepreneurship.
Depina quit playing professional basketball and returned to the United States to launch his business ideas. He launched a sports app known as Overseas Basketball Connection.
Antonio Depina made the platform to connect talented NBA players with pro-basketball teams worldwide without the use of an agent. Depina said starting OBC did not come easy because he had to explore beyond his limit to make the launch of the app possible and he could have give up the idea because there were so many disappointments from developers that he eventually coded and create himself but he fought to be successful.
After the launch of OBC, Depina’s next entrepreneurial venture was Zoomly, a car-hailing app. The launch of a ride-hailing app was influenced by his challenge of getting a cab on time when he visited Cape Verde.
Depina’s mission toward Zoomly is to let people know that Africa is very much part of the digital realm.